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Burneal Porter
(May 9, 1925 - January 18, 2014)


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Burneal Porter

Burneal Porter was born May 9, 1925 to Vandiver and Learon Porter in Fayette. Alabama. His family moved to Columbus, Mississippi where he attended school, and helped with the 160 acre family farm.

At the age of 18, Burneal enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and fought in World War II. He fought in the South Pacific traveling there on the USS Missouri. He was on Saipan, Tinian and Iwo Jima when the Marines raised the American Flag on Mount Suribachi. He was wounded during that campaign and recently received his Purple Heart, thanks to efforts of his son, Neal.

After his discharge from the war he went to Memphis, Tennessee to visit his retired school principle and English teacher. There he met their daughter, Mary Louise Taylor whom he married November 7, 1945. Their first child, a daughter Vicki was born in Memphis in 1947. Their son was born soon after their move to California in 1952.

On closure of National Distillery in Memphis, Burneal journeyed to Santa Monica, California to work for Douglas Aircraft. Thus began a career which spanned 40 years and many changes in the aircraft industry from commercial planes to the space shuttle with Douglas, McDonald Douglas and Boeing.

In 1958 Burneal, Mary and their two children moved to Lompoc. Except for two years, the family has continued to live in Lompoc. Both Burneal and Mary loved to travel to games of baseball, slow pitch, and softball of their son, Neal and grandchildren. Burneal did some Little League coaching, and supported teams through the years by transporting players, barbequing and cheering. Always a social person he loved dancing and conversation.

Bernal is survived by his daughter, Vicki Enslow (Joe); Son, Neal Porter (Marlene); grandchildren Travers Enslow, Clinton Porter (Veronica), Julie Enslow (Patrick Price), Lacey Velasco (Charles), Holly Doetzer (Sean); great grandchildren Dayton and Tate Enslow, Alexis and Andrew Porter, Ayden Doetzer, Kylie and Kennedy Price.

Bernal was preceded in death by wives Mary Porter in 1999, and Earline Porter in 2012.

The committal service will be Friday, January 24, at 10am in the Lompoc Evergreen Cemetery. The celebration of his life will immediately follow at the Schuyler’s River Bottom Ranch.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Lompoc Babe Ruth Baseball League, P.O. Box 92, Lompoc, CA 93436.

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