Ronald Vance Porterfield, 72, of Paris, passed away Thursday, January 21, 2021 at Paris Regional Medical Center. Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 AM Tuesday, January 26, 2021 in the chapel of Fry-Gibbs Funeral Home with Lawrence Malone officiating. Burial will follow in the Evergreen Cemetery with Chad Davidson, Tommy Bove, Curtis Wilson, Jeff Gordon, Sage Porterfield, Ayden Porterfield, Landon Davidson and Corban Taylor serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearer will be Gary Tolleson. Family will receive friends on Tuesday 1 hour prior to service. The Paris Fire Department will serve as honor guard.
Ronald was born on April 6, 1948 in Nashville, Arkansas a son of Vance and Juanita Puryear Porterfield. He worked for the Paris Fire Department from 1978 till 2005. He served as fire marshall during his employment. He also worked for Lamar County from 2008 till 2017. He attended Texas A&M Fire Academy and East Texas Police Academy. He was a member of Highway Full Gospel Church.
He enjoyed wood carving, fishing and riding around but most of all he enjoyed his life with his family especially his grandchildren and his great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Vance and Juanita Porterfield and two brother-in-laws, Roger Allen and James Donham.
He is survived by children, Kim Davidson and husband, Mike, Priscilla Taylor and husband, Mark and Amanda White and husband, Aaron; grandchildren, Meagan Taylor, Taren Merritt and husband, Michael, Brooke Hill and husband, Courtney, Corban Taylor and wife Megan, Landon Davidson and wife, Chelsea, Morgan Davidson, Sage Porterfield, Ayden Porterfield, and Peyton White; great grandchildren, Kasen Hill, Kance Hill, Caimbree Davidson and Rhett Davidson; brother, Dennis Porterfield and wife, Connie and two sisters, Teresa Donham and Sheila Price.
The Porterfield family request those attending visitation and funeral service wear masks and practice social distancing.