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Subject: [OBITS] Julius Holland Porter
Date: Fri, 31 Oct 2008 02:49:24 -0000
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Julius Holland Porter, 96, of Bryan,Texas passed away peacefully on Wednesday, September 10, 2008, at home surrounded by family and friends. A visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, September 12, at Hillier Funeral Home. A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, September 13, at First United Methodist Church in Bryan,Texas.
Julius Holland Porter was born on June 15, 1912, in Caldwell,Texas to Alma Sanders Porter and Julius Earl Porter, a farmer and rancher in the Brazos River Bottom. Holland Porter's life exemplifies the high standards of his generation. After graduating from Caldwell High School, he attended Southwestern University and was a 1934 graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, where he was a proud member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity.
Typical of his small town upbringing's emphasis on service above self, over his many years, Holland demonstrated his commitment to the progress of the world around him from the local to the national arena. Holland served on the Administrative Board of First United Methodist Church and was an active member of the church and the men's bible class for more than 60 years. He was always willing to be a leader to promote the organizations he held most dear, including the positions of President of the Bryan Independent School Board, Chairman of the Board of Directors for Bryan Building and Loan, Director and Chairman of the Board for the Federal Land Bank during his forty years of service and was a Board Member for the First State Bank of Caldwell.
He was also a charter member and past President of Briarcrest Country Club. He was a member of the Texas Cattleman's Association, the National Cotton Council, the National Cattleman's Association and a Life Member of The Texas Exes. He was honored as farmer of the year in 1984, Burleson and Lee County Soil and Water Conservationist of the Year in 1992, and Honorary Chairman of the Cattle Baron's Ball 1999.
Over the course of his lifetime, Holland saw the transformation of his family business and the land it depended on in the Brazos River Bottom from a rural limited enterprise to a sophisticated technology, yet he never took for granted the power and potential of the soil or the respect owed to the Brazos River. He was a farmer who appreciated the relationship between the seasons and the precise conditions needed to make crops flourish, often solicited by prayer.
As a testament to his respect for the land when asked how to be a farmer, he once replied, "Wake up and complain about the weather." Besides producing thousands of bales of cotton and raising hundreds of head of cattle, perhaps Holland's proudest accomplishment was the family he nurtured.
He was preceded in death by his wives, Mary Jarvis Porter of Fort Worth and Margaret Harry Porter of Oklahoma; and brothers, Marvin Milton and Earl Boswell Porter.
He is survived by his son, Jarvis and wife, Pam, of Dallas; three daughters and spouses, Ann and Joe Wilder of Bryan, Patsy and Bob Speed of Houston and Mary Sue Rabe and Royce Bordman of College Station; ten grandchildren and spouses, Jarvis Holland Porter Jr. and wife, Ashley, of The Woodlands, Texas, Ashley (Porter) and Jamie Lavish of Dallas, Jo Ann (Wilder) Kocman, Jay and Molly Wilder of Bryan, Mary Jane (Wilder) and Sean Snedeker of Apex, N.C., Mary Margaret (Speed) and Jay Greer, Allison (Speed) and Miller Crosswell of Houston, Courtney (Speed) and Worthey Wiles of Dallas, Juliana Rabe of Los Angeles and Katherine "Kate" Rabe of College Station; 14 great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Louise Porter; brother-in-law, John Jarvis; and many nieces, nephews and friends.
Honorary pallbearers are the members of the men's bible class at First United Methodist Church in Bryan. Pallbearers will be Jarvis Holland Porter Jr., Jay Wilder, Jay Greer, Worthey Wiles, Miller Crosswell, Jamie Lavish and Sean Snedeker.
The family would like to thank Bill Furman, Patricia Moore, Bettye Wilson, Bertha Mathis, Catalina Lopez, Queen Gamble, Mary Ann Braden and Lee Ann Wells who have been devoted caregivers for the last seven years.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First United Methodist Church, 506 E. 28th St., Bryan, TX 77803; or Crestview Retirement Community, 2505 E. Villa Maria Rd., Bryan, TX 77802; or the charity of your choice.
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