Billy Porterfield, Texas journalist and award-winning author, has died after a long battle with Alzheimer’s.
Porterfield was born Oct. 16, 1932 in Henderson, to Tice Covey Porterfield and Janavee Elizabeth Harrell Porterfield. He died on June 29 at Seton Hospital in Kyle.
Porterfield’s career at national newspapers lasted more than 50 years. He covered influential events of the 20th Century with “distinctive style” and a “keen ear” for the spoken and written word, according to his obituary.
In 1952, Porterfield and his brother Bobby attended what was then Southwest Texas Teachers College, now Texas State University. His career in journalism began with a staff writer position at the College Star, now The University Star.