Bobby W. Portman


VAN ALSTYNE — Bobby Wilton Portman was born December 8th, 1945 in Denison, Texas to Jessie Polson Portman and Glen Portman. He passed away peacefully in his sleep on October 18, 2017 at the Homestead Nursing Home in Collinsville, Texas. He had four siblings, Jerry Ann Foote, Zack Portman, Patsy Vestel and Ralph Shipman.


In Bobby’s early years, he was known as “Porkey” whether he was in the arena as a rodeo clown, barrel man and bullfighter or later driving #39 and #4 on the dirt tracks of north Texas and Oklahoma.


Bobby married Linda Cornelison on May 28th, 1980 and they made their home in Van Alstyne, Texas. Between them they have four children, James “Jimbo” Portman and wife Vicki of Hooker, OK, Mike Portman and wife Catrina of Howe, TX, Donna Jones of Honey Grove, TX and Doug Williams of McKinney, TX; they have ten grandchildren, Loper McCune 26, Curtis Corbray 22, Katie Corbray 21, Ty Portman 21, Haylie Eyer 20, Breea Barnett 19, Delaina Portman 18, Chase Barnett 17, Blayne Portman 16 and Jesse Portman 11. They also have four beautiful great grandchildren.


Bobby was a long time automotive business owner across north Texas, from Howe to Dallas, owning and operating mechanic shops, tire shops and service stations.


He was preceded in death by his mother Jessie Portman, father Glen Portman, sisters Jerry Ann Foote and Patsy Vestel.


Services will be held at the Van Alstyne Church of Christ Friday, October 20th at 1:30pm with Reverend Duane Peters presiding over the ceremony. Pallbearers will be Ty Portman, Curtis Corbray, Blayne Portman, Chase Barnett, Jesse Portman, David Englutt, Tim Scribner, Greg Null, Clay Marr and Mark Marr. Graveside services will follow at the Collinsville, Texas cemetery.


Arrangements are under the direction of Scoggins Funeral Home & Crematory, 637 W. Van Alstyne Pkwy, Van Alstyne, TX 75495. The online register book may be signed at scogginsfuneralhome.com