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David Hite Porter, 94, of Greensburg, passed away at 10:45 a.m. Tuesday, July 2, 2013, at Morning Breeze in Greensburg. He was born September 7, 1918, in Hartsville, Indiana, to Dr. E.A. and Hester (Alley) Porter.

Mr. Porter was a lifelong resident of Decatur and Ripley counties. He graduated from Westport High School in 1936 and Indiana University in 1953. He served as an officer in the United States Air Force during World War II.

A former basketball coach and teacher at Sandcreek High School, Jac-Cen-Del High School and South Decatur High School, he was inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame in 2003 in recognition of his many accomplishments as a Hoosier high school basketball coach, his lifelong passion. His coaching career began at Sandcreek High School in 1953 with a 122-73 record. His teams there were Decatur County Conference Champions five times and Decatur County Tournament Champions three times. His coaching accomplishments at Jac-Cen-Del included a record of 234-173, six Ohio River Valley Conference championships, six sectional and two regional championships and being the first coach to win the Ripley County Tournament of Champions four times. He led Jac-Cen-Del to the Final 8 of the state tournament in 1969.

At South Decatur, his record was 91-57 and included winning two Mid-Hoosier Conference Championships, being sectional champs in 1983, and receiving the Coach of the Year Award eight times between 1967 and 1989.

He also was author of two books about the game of basketball and his coaching career.

He married Mary Hooker December 7, 1941, in Westport, and she survives. Also surviving are his sons, David Porter of Martinsville and Patrick Porter of Charlotte, N.C.; a brother, Don Porter of Columbus; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Lucille Gaynor, Marygail Bentzen and Gene Faulkner; and brothers, Johnny, Robert and Tommy Porter.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 6, 2013, at Bass & Gasper Funeral Home in Westport with the Rev. Jon Porter officiating. Burial will be at Union Baptist Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 5, 2013, at the funeral home.

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