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Helen Porter

May 11, 1946 ~ November 3, 2018 (age 72)

Helen Gravley Porter was born on May 11, 1946. She left this world on November 3, 2018 surrounded by her loving family. During her life, she had many roles. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, daughter, sister, and friend. Helen was a caretaker by nature. She carefully listened to other people and saw the best in all of them. Helen was an explorer. She loved to take a backroad to discover nature and see where the path less traveled would take her.  She was ready for any adventure and loved to experience new things. Helen spent many years as a considerate caretaker for her mother, brother and her husband. In her later years, she was blessed to be closely involved with her grandchildren and great grandchildren who absolutely adored her.

Helen is survived by her daughter and son in law – Brenda and Paul Surratt of Calhoun, Ga. Her grandchildren are Jason and Mollie Surratt of Calhoun, Ga, Kayla and Eric Peeler of Acworth, Ga, and Brittney Surratt of Dunwoody, Ga. Helen had 3 great grandchildren – Caroline (CJ) Surratt, Charlotte Surratt, and Raymon Peeler.  Millie Mabe, Joyce and Charles Dickson, Pauline Williams, Claudine Porter, Peggy Stone, and Alma “Bootsie” Porter are her remaining in-laws.

Helen was preceded in death by her parents – Claude and Virginia “Sally” Gravley of Foster Falls, her husband – Lonnie “John” Porter, her son – Scott Porter, and her brother – Claude “Bill” Gravley, Jr.

Helen leaves behind a legacy of family, care, compassion, and acceptance. She didn’t worry about things that she couldn’t control.  She didn’t have time for that because she was much too busy with enjoying life.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, November 8, 2018 at Foster Falls United Methodist Church with the Reverend Terry Eversole and Reverend Lee Thomas officiating.

Interment will follow in Foster Falls Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 7 at the Reese Funeral Home.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Reese Funeral Home, Austinville, VA is serving the Porter family.

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