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.