Gene Tunney Porter


Gene Tunney Porter, “Tunney” age 96 passed away on March 13, 2024.

He was born on October 20, 1927, in Hackett, Arkansas.

He is survived by his daughter, Nan Taylor and husband Tom Taylor of Savannah, Georgia; son, Paul Gene Porter and wife Laurie Porter of Charlotte, North Carolina; six grandchildren, Ryan Bartlett, Jack Porter, Luke Porter, Tyler Porter, Chris Taylor and Taryn Taylor Nunez. He is also survived by six great-grandchildren, Tyana Taylor, Alijah Nunez, Madison Bartlett, Maddox Bartlett, Maverick Bartlett, and Riley Porter, and his brother, Jim Ray Porter and his wife Sally of Chicago.

Gene was preceded in death by his parents, Jesse E. Porter and Lydia Stafford Porter; his son, Mark Newman Porter and two brothers, Lindsay Porter and Marlon Porter.

Born in Hackett, Arkansas, his family also lived in Long Beach, California, Ft. Smith, Arkansas and Hot Springs, Arkansas. Gene attended high school in Ft. Smith, where he was selected as an All-State High School football player and graduated from Hot Springs High School in 1946. He went into the Army after graduation and served in a Constabulary Unit in Germany until 1947, when he enrolled in the University of Arkansas. There he attained a B.S. degree in Marketing, was a member of Kappa Sigma fraternity, attended ROTC, played freshman football, and served as head cheerleader for the Razorbacks. In 1952, during his senior year, he was activated in the army and attended paratrooper training. He was assigned to the 11th Airborne Division and served in the Korean War.

On his return in 1954, he married Shirley Nan Newman, whom he’d met at the University of Arkansas. They moved to Kansas City, Kansas where he took a job with Remington Arms Company. He worked there for 30 years, serving in several positions including Product Manager, Regional Sales Manager and District Sales Manager. During this time, he also served as a judge for the Ducks Unlimited National Art Show, Arkansas State and National Duck Calling contests, and as a big game guide in Wyoming and Montana. He was also a licensed pilot and flew his Cessna 172 around the central states. He served as a Boy Scout Master and Indian Guide leader for both of his sons.

Gene retired in 1985 and moved to Berryville with his wife Shirley. He was an active community volunteer, serving on the board of directors at First Christian Church and Saunders Museum. He also volunteered at the Berryville Community Center and was a member of the Berryville Rotary Club, where he served as president.

Funeral will be 10:00 a.m., Thursday, March 21, 2024, at Berryville Memorial Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Berryville Rotary Club c/o Dustin Walker, P.O. Box 830 Berryville, AR 72616 or Loaves and Fishes Food Bank, P.O. Box 149 Berryville AR 72616. Arrangements under the direction of Nelson Funeral Service. Online condolences may be sent to nelsonfuneral. com.