Charles “Charlie” Raleigh Porter, Jr., 96, passed away on Tuesday, January 1, 2019, at his home at Trinity Towers in Corpus Christi.
A lifelong proud Texan, Charlie was born in Waco on September 22, 1922. He was the only child of Virginia Louise Bowen Porter and Charles Raleigh Porter.
Charlie graduated from Corpus Christi High School in 1940 and subsequently enrolled at the University of Texas at Austin where he was a member of the Sigma Nu Fraternity and the Texas Cowboys. Charlie graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration in 1943.
In January 1942 Charlie volunteered for the U.S. Navy after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Upon graduation, he attended the Midshipmen School at Notre Dame University after which he was commissioned as an Ensign. He became a Skipper of a Landing Craft, Tank (LCT 908) and was deployed to the Southwest Pacific theater.
In July 1946 after the war Charlie entered law school at the University of Texas and graduated in the class of 1948. Charlie practiced law in Corpus Christi for 45 years. He began as an Assistant County Attorney and then District Attorney for Nueces County. Later he was a founding and senior partner of Porter, Rogers, Dahlman & Gordon, P.C. He was a well-respected trial lawyer in State and Federal Court and was a Fellow of the Texas and American Bar Foundations, and past President of the Nueces County Bar Association as well as the Corpus Christi Bar Association.
On September 16, 1946 he married Alice Mungall, a Wave Link Trainer instructor, stationed at NASCC. The marriage took place in Wayne, PA. They lived in Austin while Charlie completed law school and moved to Corpus Christi in 1948.
Charlie was an avid golfer and fisherman. He was a member of the Corpus Christi Country Club and active in the creation of Rockport Country Club. He spent innumerable days fishing the shoreline of the Padre Island National Seashore, intercoastal waterways and flats, and offshore in the Gulf of Mexico. He passed his love of golf and fishing on to many of his children, grand-children and great-grand-children.
He was also an active member of First United Methodist Church in Corpus Christi since 1938 where he served as the Chair of the Administrative Council, was a lay leader and preacher, adult Sunday School teacher, and a delegate to the Methodist Annual Conference. Charlie was proud of passing on his Christian faith and acting as the patriarch of his family.
Charlie is survived by his wife of 72 years, Alice; four children, Melissa Welch (Ray) Corpus Christi, Charles Porter III (Mary Margaret) Minneapolis, Peggy Riedesel (Harold Sears) Salt Lake City, and Daniel Porter of Bee Cave; nine grand-children, Charlie Welch, Jamin Welch, Jennie Welch Anderson, Sam Porter, Tyler Riedesel, Coleman Riedesel, Alice Jessen, Daniel Porter II, and Lana Porter; and eleven great-grand-children (with the twelfth due any day).
A memorial service will be held at the First United Methodist Church in Corpus Christi on Saturday, January 5, 2019, at 2:00 PM with a reception to follow. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Charlie’s life. His final words: “Enjoy it while you can!”
Memorial gifts may be sent to First United Methodist Church, 900 S Shoreline, Corpus Christi, TX 78401.