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The 2023 Porter Houseparty is scheduled July 2nd thru 9th


2022 Graveyard cleanup was held March 26


last updated May 6, 2023

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It is with great sadness that we write to our Porter Family of the passing of Mike Porter on Saturday, July 11, 2020 after a courageous battle with cancer over the past ten months. His 11 o’clock service on Tuesday, July 14, 2020 will be held at Riegelwood Baptist Church located at 103 NC-87, Riegelwood, NC 28456 followed by burial in the church cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family would like you to consider donations to the Riegelwood Baptist Church Cemetery Fund or a charity of your choice. Funeral services will be handled by Wilmington Funeral and Cremation. Thank you for your continued prayers.


The 2020 reunion was cancelled due to COVID-19.  The FFA has assured us that they are “holding our spot” for the same time next year assuming it’s safe to reopen by that time.


The 2020 reunion was to be held starting June 28.  Currently the campground is unavailable for use, but the executive committee is monitoring the situation closely and will be hopefully updating late May with better news.


Graveyard cleanup was held Feb 29, 2020. Thanks to Bart and Kristen for providing the materials to replace the whole fence.  Thanks to the 20 plus volunteers that showed up to help with less than 48 hours notice.


Sorry to report Iva passed on Feb 21, 2020 soon after her 2nd stroke.  Please continue praying for Louis and family.



The 2018 Porter Houseparty was held June 30th thru July 7th


The 2018 Porter Houseparty was held July 1st thru 8th: 146 Porters attended out of 231 with approx. 4 guests


2018 Graveyard cleanup was held April 7th 9am.  Thanks to all those that came out to help!


The 2017 Porter Houseparty was held July 2nd – 9th. 150 Porters attended out of 231 with approx. 8 guests

Do not use Chrome internet browser, some pages have old info. 6/19/17

Thanks Head cooks for designating entrees and coordinating with Kevin in Sysco order. 6/19/17

Barbara Jill and Evan are looking to “rent” a lodge room from someone starting Wednesday night 6/18/17

2017 graveyard cleanup was held Saturday March 4th .  Thanks those that came out, approx. 25 attended

Congrats to Mr. President (Chad), UNCW Alumni of the year!  01/31/2017

Louis has decided to sell some land in Kelly.  If interested please contact Louis asap.  7/28/2015


Marianne is still taking donations for azaleas at the graveyard. Check your emails or contact her thru her PHP Facebook page 7/28/2015


Email went out with the current address list.  If you didn’t get it, send me your latest email address.  7/28/2015



Barbara Jill and Tracy Anderson’s daughter, Kristi, passed away yesterday (May 27, 2015)

Services will be held Sunday at 1 pm at Bull Munden Funeral Home in Moorehead City. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked for donations to Pelleiter or American Cancer Society.
I am so deeply saddened for their family and ours.  Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.  Sending peace and love and prayers - Mimi


2015 graveyard cleanup was held Saturday April 18th .  Thanks for all those that came out

Here is a wonderful tribute written about Elliott Henry in one of the local newspapers. Marianne

Very sad to report Elliott Henry passed away peacefully this morning.  The visitation will be Tuesday 6-8pm at Quinn-McGowan funeral home in Burgaw, NC and the funeral will be on Wednesday at 3pm at Centerville Baptist Church with burial to follow at the Garden of Memories.  Supper will be provided at Centerville after the ceremonies.  – Susan 03/02/15 

Cookdays and room assignments are up to date – David 03/01/15

My heart aches to share this news.  Rob and Heathers baby, Austin Thomas Absher,  passed away.  I am sharing his statement below.  There are no words to express our sadness and love to their family....  In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that anyone wanting to help, contribute to the fund established for Austin. – Mimi 11/21/14


Yesterday afternoon our son Austin passed away at Duke Hospital. He was 20 days old. We will be holding a graveside service for him Saturday 11AM at the Porter gravesite in Kelly, North Carolina. Anyone is welcome to attend. We will always love our son Austin Thomas Absher. Our little fighter. – Rob and Heather

Mimi sent out family email with reminders – check correspondence page.  Don’t forget your drinking cups – 6/20/14

Very sad to report Aunt Ruth passed April 25.  Porter Graveyard service Monday 11a - 4/26/14

Graveyard cleanup was held March 15. Thanks to all that came out and helped. - 3/16/14

2014 Lodge and Kirkland assignments are complete, cookdays are up. - 2/10/14

Graveyard cleanup only a month away.  May want to start working out to get ready. - 2/10/14

Several documents have been updated including dorm assignments. - 1/10/14

Several documents have been updated including cookdays for 2013.  Email will be sent out shortly. - 5/8/13

Graveyard cleanup was held Feb 16, 2013 thanks to the approximately 25 porters that came out and pitched in.  And a special thanks to Dick and little Mac for the chili- 2/16/13

More sad news – Bobby Porter passed away 1/2/13

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!

Sad news – Harold Jones passed away 12/12/12 8pm.  I miss you Pop-Pop.

Lodge room page has been updated to show who has prepaid, and if there are any rooms left. Note the last day to prepay and get your room by assignment is Sept 1. I have posted some pics already. Enjoy! David 8/16/12

Start planning for this years PHP!   Get your Mardi Gras costume together.... . – David 4/24/12

Big news on the Birth Announcement page. Congrats Ryan and Robin!!! – David 4/17/12

Graveyard cleanup was held February 25th, 2012.  Thanks to all that came out and helped.  Check out the pictures.


Judy Porter Beier, that ray of sunshine and irrepressible spirit, passed away 2/22/12 following a two year battle with ALS. She faced life with her unforgettable smile and cheered everyone she met.  She was that beautiful flower that made you smile when your day wasn’t going well.  She will be missed dearly.
She was the beloved wife of Karl A Beier, mother of Karli and Kory, grandmother of Preston and sister to Janet Zaring.  In lieu of flowers she asks that you take a minute of your day to make someone smile.. 



Judy passed away this morning, Ash Wednesday, the same as her Daddy. We are all here together and she was surrounded by love. Please keep the family in your thoughts and prayers and remember all of the laughter. .Thank you for your concern and thoughts and prayers. We are not having anything at this time. Judy would like for us to have a celebration at Houseparty this summer.  – Mimi 2/22/12


I told Judy everyone was asking about her and what did she want me to say. Here is her response: "Give everybody my phone number tell them all I love to text. It is so easy for me to do. Tell them to put their name with their phone number. You can have David send it on porter house party. Send my number to Joyce's kiddos. You can tell I have a feeding tube. You can tell them what you want. Just let them know I'm happy, think positive spit, out bad thoughts and have the best family ever. I'm so lucky have a beautiful view of a river and feed hundreds of precious birds and squirrels every day. Got a new group of black birds that come now." Judy is amazing!!!!!!! . – Janet 2/6/12


The 2017 Porter Houseparty was held July 2nd – 9th. 150 Porters attended out of 231 with approx. 8 guests

The 2016 Porter Houseparty was held July 3rd – 10th. 159 Porters attended out of 228

The 2015 Porter Houseparty was held July 12th – 19th  140 Porters attended out of 221

The 2014 Porter Houseparty was held July 21th – 28th. 141 Porters attended out of 223

The 2013 Porter Houseparty was held July 13th – 20th

The 2012 Porter Houseparty was held July 22th – 29th. 168 Porters attended out of 220

The 2011 Porter Houseparty was held July 24th – 31st.  161 Porters attended out of 219.

The 2010 Porter Houseparty was held July 18th – 25th.  156 Porters attended out of 214.

The 2009 Porter Houseparty was held July 19th – 26th.  142 Porters attended out of 211.

The 2008 Porter Houseparty was held July 20th – 27th.  134 Porters attended out of 210

The 2007 Porter Houseparty was held July 22nd – 29th.  151 Porters attended out of 212.