Lora Jean Porter, January 14, 1930~March 8, 2017

Porter, Lora JeanLora Jean Porter, 87, of Fayetteville passed away Wednesday, March 8, 2017 in Fayetteville. She was born January 14, 1930 in Ordway, CO to Joseph and Ruby Shaffer Zimmerman.

She moved to Brentwood, AR from Ordway, CO in 1945. Lora Jean attended Brentwood Community School through 8th grade and graduated from West Fork High School in 1948. She was a member of West Fork Church of Christ and Center Street Church of Christ. Lora Jean was a well-known seamstress who owned her own custom drapery business. She made draperies for many prominent people through out Northwest Arkansas.

Lora Jean is survived by her husband, Leon Porter of the home; son, Ronnie Porter and wife, Sheri of Springdale; son, Randy Porter of Springdale; daughter, Gail Ingalls and husband, Ken of West Fork; son, Rusty Porter and wife, Stella of Hot Springs; 7 grandchildren, Ashley Prendergast, Tyler Porter, Jared Porter, Rebecca Lehew, Rachel Ingalls, Devon Porter and Michelle Porter; and 1 great-grandchild, Ryleigh Grace.

Funeral services will be 2:00 P.M. Monday, March 13, 2017 at Beard’s Chapel. Interment will follow in Brentwood Cemetery under the direction of Beard’s Chapel.

The family will receive friends from 2-4 P.M. on Sunday, March 12, 2017 at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Willard Walker Hospice Home, 325 E. Longview St, Fayetteville, AR 72703.

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    Ric & Lynn Lively » 09. Mar, 2017

    With our deepest sympathy.

    K. Burd » 10. Mar, 2017

    To The Family: Please accept my sincere condolences for your loss. May you find a measure of comfort knowing that very soon God promises to end suffering and also “death will be no more”. (Revelation 21:3,4) http://www.jw.org

    Office of Apprenticeship » 10. Mar, 2017

    The entire office sends our thoughts and prayers at this time. Your name has always been talked about as one of the starters of the apprenticeship programs and no telling how many lives have been changed by your school.

    Randy, Janet,Glenn,Brenda and Rocky

    Name » 10. Mar, 2017

    Thoughts and prayers to Ronnie and the family! Jim Hawkins

    Allen Carney » 11. Mar, 2017

    Ronnie, I’m sorry to hear the news of your Mom. I pray for Peace, Love and Strength for you and your family. Allen

    Bonnie Whillock Byram » 11. Mar, 2017

    We were neighbors on Skelton Str. for many years. Our families grew up together. I remember Lora Jean as one of many moms on the street who provided Kool-aid and cookies to the crowd of kids who lived there. I cherish many great memories of Lora Jean. Thank you and Rest In Peace.

    Kenneth Ingalls » 11. Mar, 2017

    If tears could build a stairway
    and thoughts a memory lane
    I’d walk right up to heaven
    and bring you home again
    No Farewell words were spoken
    No time to say good-bye
    You were gone before I knew it
    And only God knows why.
    My heart’s still active in sadness
    And secret tears still flow
    What it meant to lose you
    No one can ever know.
    But now I know you want us
    To mourn for you no more
    To remember all the happy times
    Life still has much in store.
    Since you’ll never be forgotten
    I pledge to you today
    A hallowed place within my heart
    Is where you’ll always stay.
    God knows why, with chilling touch,
    Death gathers those we love so much,
    And what now seems so strange and dim,
    Will all be clear, when we meet Him.
    I Knew you for a Moment

    Jonathan Bibb » 13. Mar, 2017


    I am sorry for your loss. I remember well how you spoke about what an incredible lady Ms. Lora is when you attended the apprenticeship meetings. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

    Jonathan Bibb