Wendell Porterfield, 90 of Newport departed this life suddenly, but peacefully Wednesday evening, November 13, 2019 at the home of his son in Blacksburg, VA. Born in Giles County on August 19, 1929, to Ira and Zettie Songer Porterfield, he had just celebrated his 90th Birthday.
Wendell grew up a lover of baseball. He would have made a successful career playing the game he loved had he not been drafted to serve his country in the Korean War in which he was wounded. He was a member of the Newport-Mt Olivet United Methodist Church in Newport, VA where he never met a stranger and always made new friends. He was also an avid deer hunter, enjoyed golfing, ginseng, and hunting, but most of all he loved his family and friends. He was loved by everyone who knew him.
He was preceded in death by his parents, the love of his life Delorous R Porterfield, his son Corey Blake Porterfield, his brothers Junior, Emmett, and Elmer, and a sister Lilleon.
He leaves to cherish his memory his son and daughter-in-law Mike and Lisa Porterfield of Blacksburg, a daughter and son-in-law Tracie and Greg Smith of Maybrook; his grandchildren Jarod and Jordan Porterfield, Ashley Cooper (Junior), and Trey Smith; his great grandchildren Katlyn, Kandice, and Rowdy Cooper, a brother-in-law Darrell Rader of Rockville, Maryland; and a sister-in-law Melita Rader of Blacksburg, and many nieces, nephews, and friends.
There will be a funeral service for Wendell on Sunday, November 17, 2019 at 6:00 PM at the Newport-Mt Olivet United Methodist Church with the Reverend Morris Fleischer and family friend, Douglas Martin officiating. Family will receive friends at the church from 4:00 to 6:00 PM. A graveside service will be conducted Monday, November 18, 2019 at 11:00 AM in the Newport Cemetery-Newport, VA.
In lieu of flowers, family suggests donations to the Newport-Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church in Newport. The family wishes to send special thanks to the friends and neighbors on Franklin Drive that always watched out for him when he was walking.
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