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Windle H. Portier

Windle H. Portier

August 17, 1933 - April 7, 2019     Age: 85

Mr. Windle H. Portier age 85 of Fernandina Beach, Florida passed away on Sunday, April 7, 2019 at Life Care Center of Hilliard, Florida.

He was born in Ocilla, Georgia to the late Zobie “Jack” Mitchell Portier and Mary Hannah Skipper. He grew up in Tifton, Georgia and after high school enlisted in the US Army where he served in Germany for 4 years. After being honorably discharged, Mr. Portier lived in Fernandina Beach where he was employed at Container Corporation for many years, eventually retiring in 1992. Because of his strong work ethic, he immediately went to work for Myers Tractor Service for the next 27 years.

He was a proud member of Fernandina Beach Shrine Club and Masonic Lodge # 47 for 55 years.  Mr. Portier was an avid collector of antique cars. He donated his Ford Model A to the Shriner’s Rough Riders and it is still a favorite in all the parades. He was always found tinkering in his barn on various projects. His Ford Model T was his pride and joy and he often entered it in car shows taking home 1st prize. He enjoyed travelling in his RV and he could fix anything.  His family remembers him as the truest man they had ever met and would help anyone anytime he could.

He leaves behind his wife Margaret Ann Portier of Fernandina Beach, Florida; his children, Anita (Garry) White of Lacombe, Louisiana, Ricky Portier of Fernandina Beach, Florida, Beth Belcher of Fernandina Beach, Florida; grandchildren, Jenna Scott, Angel Portier, Quest Belcher, Addie Ward, Rowdy Portier; great-grandchildren, Katrina Lord, Alexis Buchanan; 2 great-great grandchildren and his former wife Evelyn Portier.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 am on Thursday, April 11, 2019 at Five Points Baptist Church with Pastor Frank Camarotti officiating.

The family will receive friends from 10:00 am until the hour of service at the church. He will be laid to rest in Bosque Bello Cemetery with Military Honors and Masonic Rites.

 In Lieu of Flowers you may make donations in Mr. Portier’s name to Fernandina Beach Shrine Club, PO Box 942, Fernandina Beach, Florida, 32034 or Five Points Baptist Church, 736 Bonnieview Road, Fernandina Beach, Florida 32034.

9 Condolences

  • Lynne Anderson Posted April 8, 2019 8:04 am

    To Ricky and family — I am profoundly sorry for your loss.

  • Brenda Beard Brunner Posted April 8, 2019 8:13 am

    Jennifer and Anita, you have my sincere condolences on the loss of your grandfather and father. Jennifer, the love you have for your grandfather will last last for the rest of your life in thousand of memories. Those memories will get you through the difficult days to come Much love to your entire family.

  • June wilkerson Posted April 8, 2019 1:09 pm

    MY first cousin .I cherish all the visits we sharred the years after we moved back south. He and I had some
    very good visits.We became close cousins. Will miss talking to him and him and Ann, Denise,. coming to spend time with us..oHe went on to heaven and Is at rest now .One dayI hope to see him again. children and Grands love all of you even if i did not live close enough to really get to know you and pray for you right now . God Bless each one of you

  • Russell Fullwood Posted April 9, 2019 8:12 pm

    Anita Ricky Beth your dad was a really awesome man always treated me with respect I liked your dad he kept us all straight when yaw’ll lived on 1th street all those years camping was always fun may GOD BLESS YOU ALL.

  • Jamie White Wyatt Posted April 10, 2019 4:57 pm

    Anita and family: you are in my heart and prayers.
    With love,

  • Jane Gurley Posted April 10, 2019 8:56 pm

    Jennifer and all of Mr. Portier’s family my thoughts and prayers are with each of you.

  • Susan Crews Posted April 10, 2019 10:26 pm

    Anita’s, I’m so sorry for your loss. What a true blessing it was to have your father in your life for so many loving years.

  • Ted Green Posted April 11, 2019 9:10 am

    Mr. Portier (I never could get used to calling him Windle) was another reason growing up on 16th street was such a great experience. I always enjoyed talking with him over the years. My mother and I offer Anita, Ricky and Beth our deepest condolences.

  • Cynthia Rush Mercer Posted April 16, 2019 7:42 am

    Ricky, I am sorry for the loss of your dad. Blessings to you and your family.

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