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Tuesday, May 21, 2024

William Roy ‘Bill’ Porter, 73, business owner who produced precision and custom machine parts

William Roy ‘Bill’ Porter, 73, passed away much too soon on Wednesday, March 16, 2016, in Virginia Beach. He was the son of the late William C. and Ruby Jean Porter of Morehead, Ky.

He is survived by his wife of 43 years, MarLee Porter; two beloved children including daughter, Ashley Fitzpatrick, and her husband, Dan, of Virginia Beach and son, Will Porter of Lake Tahoe, Calif.; mother-in-law, Mary Cornette of Morehead, Ky.; one sister, Cherry Murphy of Fayetteville, N.C.; and four brothers, Ron Porter, Roger Porter, and his wife, Rita, Larry Porter, and his wife, Geri, all of Morehead, Ky., and Tim Porter of Cincinnati, Ohio. In addition, ‘Uncle Bill’ leaves behind many wonderful nieces and nephews.

Bill earned his bachelor of science degree from Morehead State University and his Master of Business Administration from Xavier University. He was a member of the Army Corps of Engineers while serving in Vietnam, attaining the rank of captain and receiving the Bronze Star. Bill was a business owner for many years and produced precision and custom machine parts. His first company was Norfolk Sheet Metal, which he purchased in 1987. He later became owner of Strickland Foundry and Machine Co. and Advanced Machine Works in Richmond. He amazed everyone by commuting to Richmond every day until he retired in 2012. He did this without ever complaining.

Bill had many wonderful friends that he cared about deeply. He enjoyed many sports, but was especially passionate about playing tennis. He had been looking forward to getting back on the courts this spring. One of his great joys was coaching Will’s little league baseball and youth basketball teams. His youthful spirit, strength and optimism will be greatly missed by all.

A funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 22, at H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts., Laskin Road Chapel, with the Rev. Robert Pittman officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow in Eastern Shore Chapel Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association or the American Red Cross.

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