Leslie Michael Porter

March 1, 1941 - July 11, 2020
Leslie Michael Porter

Leslie Michael (Mike) Porter, 79, of Riegelwood NC, passed away July 11, 2020, at his
residence after a courageous battle with cancer.

He was born March 1, 1941 to Leslie Bush and Mary Catherine Porter in Kelly, North Carolina. Mike graduated from Elizabethtown High School in 1959 and served his country in the United States Air Force.

He is survived by his wife JoRuth Sanders Porter and their children Paige (Bert) Mileski, Heather (Ken) Manypenny, and Preston Porter. He is also survived by his
grandchildren Roger, Julia, Anna, Nevaeh, and Heaven and his beloved labradoodleSaylor. He was predeceased by his parents and his in-laws, Talmadge and Ida Ruth Sanders. He is also survived by his siblings, Joann (Paul) Hardee, Glenn (Margaret)Porter, Sandra (Mike) Allen, and Christy (Scott) Mitchell. Also surviving are sister in-laws Allene Harris, Patsy (Ken) Waddell, and his many nieces and nephews.

He was a retired employee of International Paper Company. A long time member of Riegelwood Baptist Church, he served as deacon and in many other capacities. Mike was also a member of Cape Fear Farm Heritage Association, Waccamaw Lodge #596, and Sudan Shriners. He was currently serving on the board of Riegelwood Sanitary District.

Mike’s strong faith and love for his family were his passions. He enjoyedrestoring his antique tractors, working up at his farm, making jelly, fishing with his sweetie pie, and wood working. Many hours were spent on his families farms in the Lowlands of Kelly.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, July 14, 2020 at 11am at Riegelwood Baptist Church by Rev. John Porter. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. In lieu
of flowers, the family requests memorials be given to the cemetery fund at Riegelwood Baptist Church.

Our family wishes to express our gratitude to the many physicians and nurses who provided care for our loved one. We will forever be grateful to the Lower Cape Fear
LifeCare Center for the compassionate care they provided Mike and our family over the last several days.

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  • July 13, 2020
    Marsha Edens Caulder says:
    Back in our “younger CHIC CHIC days”, when one spoke of Mike, you also spoke of Glen. They were known as the “ PORTER BROTHERS From Reigelwood”. Both fine, good looking young men, always such gentlemen. Where you saw one, more than likely the other was close by. I don’t think Mike ever met a stranger, always had a smile on his face. Glen, I am so sorry to hear of his passing. My condolences to you and to his family. Praying God gives you all comfort and peace at this time. I know our buddy Jimmy Kelly was rejoicing when Mike stepped over the River Jordon into Heaven.

  • July 13, 2020
    Sandy and Joanne Dew says:
    Out heart felt symphonies go out to you Joruth and you family. Mike always was so nice to us and we will miss him as will all who knew him. The church lost a wonderful asset and Heaven got one. May peace come to you in this time of sadness, and joy fill your heart with all the wonderful memories you both shared.. Love Sandy and Joanne

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  • July 13, 2020
    George and Penny Jones says:
    We have so many fond memories of Mike. I was blessed to marry into the Porter family and Mike was so welcoming. Will misd you Mike. I am so sorry for the family but he showed great strength and faith in God.