Porter, David Earl, Sr.

Vietnam Veteran Was Longtime Partner And CEO Of HBG Enterprises

Friday, January 11, 2019
David Porter
David Porter

David Earl Porter, Sr., 74, of Ooltewah, Tennessee, passed away on Tuesday, January 8, 2019. 

As a believer in Christ, we are comforted as we know he has taken his last ride to be with our Heavenly Father. 

David was born on Feb. 6, 1944, in Leavenworth, Ks. After the family moved to Hutchinson, Ks., David performed with the chorale ensemble at Hutchinson High School.  He met his wife of 54 years, Carolyn, while in Hutch. He served in the U.S. Navy with the “SeaBees” in Vietnam. Together, David and Carolyn had 4 children.  David was a 30-year partner and CEO of HBG Enterprises in Chattanooga.  He was a founding member of CSME and life member of TVRM.  
 
David was preceded in death by his parents, Earl and Mildred Porter, and brothers, Richard and Larry Porter.
 
He leaves his wife, Carolyn (Lord), children, Charlene (Charlie) Patton, Cara (John) Woodall, David, Jr., and Christine Clay, grandchildren, Nicholas Porter, Sara (David) King, Michael Patton, Caleb and Joshua Woodall, Kelsey and Alex Porter, Hope and Hailey Clay; sisters-in-law, Lois Porter, Shirley Porter, Marge Gilley, Sheryl Lord, brother-in-law, Harold Gilley, plus numerous cousins, nieces and nephews, friends and colleagues. 
 
The family will receive friends on Sunday, Jan. 13, from 4-7 p.m. and Monday, from 12-1 p.m. with a funeral service immediately following at the Valley View Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory & Florist, 7414 Old Lee Hwy, Chattanooga, Tn. 
 
Burial will be at the National Cemetery.
 
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the American Cancer Society.  

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