Billie Flanary Porter

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Billie Flanary Porter

A private funeral service for Mrs. Billie Flanary Porter, 83, of Sulphur Springs, Texas will be held at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Edgar Clements and Pastor Gary Griffin officiating.  Interment will follow at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery.  Visitation will be held 6-8 p.m. Thursday, May 7, 2020 at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home Chapel. Mrs. 

Porter passed away May 6, 2020 at her residence in Sulphur Springs, TX.

Billie Dean Flanary Porter was born Jan. 6, 1937 in Enloe, Texas to William Elliott and Opal Madeline Gantt Flanary.  She married Robert “Sammy” Porter on May 31, 1953 for 66 devoted years, and he recently preceded her in death in April 2020.  Billie was thought of by many as the “epitome” of a loving, supportive and most devoted wife.  You rarely saw Billie without the love of her life, Sammy, at her side.  

For many years, Billie worked as a buyer at Sears-Roebuck Co. in Dallas before moving to East Texas in the 1980s, following her husband’s direction to lead the fellowship. Falling into that role as a pastor’s wife, she embraced it as a treasure, because she served our Lord well and having a big heart for loving people was easy. There was not a single person she could not love whole heartedly, without judgment, without hesitation. No doubt, her door was always open, the coffee was always ready, and her table was always welcoming. Fond memories were always made!

She is survived by her sons, Robert D. Porter and wife Becky,  Richard D. Porter and wife Debi,  and Randy D. Porter and wife Maier;  daughters, Debra Porter Cross and Teresa (Prissy)  Porter Townsend and husband Stanley; 21 grandchildren;  20 great-grandchildren;  three great-great-grandchildren;  and two brothers, Ricky Flanary and Jack Flanary.

Billie was preceded in death by her loving husband, parents, and two brothers, Harold Flanary and Lowell Flanary.

Arrangements are under the direction of Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home. The online register can be signed at