William Charles LaPorte, “Dude”

Published 10:53 am Tuesday, December 24, 2019

William Charles LaPorte, “Dude,” went to be with the Lord on December 23, 2019, surrounded by his loving family at his home in Elizabethton, Tenn. He was just shy of his 90th birthday.
He was born in Carter County on January 13, 1930. He served in the National Guard US Infantry as a Corporal from 1950-1952 and fought in the Korean Conflict. He received his Bachelor of Science in 1956 from East Tennessee State College.
Early in his career, he was the bookkeeper for Presnell Motors and was the manager for Lakeshore Restaurant and Cabins for several years. In 1962, Dude decided to be his own boss and started LaPorte Construction and became a well-known residential and commercial contractor. Around 1984, Dude decided to spend his life traveling and retired, leaving his construction company to his oldest son, Charles LaPorte, who continues to this day.
Dude was known as a true Carter Countian being born, raised and spending his entire life in the area. He was known not only as a jokester, but also for his love and generosity for Carter County. He generously donated his time and money for many years for Habitat for Humanity.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Minnie Lee Combs LaPorte; his siblings, Tony, Sarah, Joe and Frank; his niece, Leslie LaPorte Westberry; and his nephew, Lee Frank LaPorte.
He is survived by his wife, Helen Darlene LaPorte; his four children, Charles LaPorte (Cheryl Tupper), Kazel Lee Carbone (David), Mark LaPorte (Jana) and Camille Liebbe (Jerry); his six nephews who include Sam, Chris, Steve, Joe Jr. LaPorte, Anthony and Greer; as well as his 12 grandchildren and soon to be great-grandchild.
A memorial service to honor the life of Charles “Dude” LaPorte will be held at 5 p.m. Friday, December 27, 2019, in the sanctuary of First United Methodist Church of Elizabethton with Rev. Raymond Amos and Rev. Estel Williams officiating. The family will greet friends and share memories with those in attendance at the end of the service. Music will be the under the direction of David Arney, organist, Loretta Bowers, soloist, and Bob Carroll, soloist. Private inurnment will be at Happy Valley Memorial Park. Honorary pallbearers will be Mara LaPorte Ross, David LaPorte, Nathan LaPorte, Daniel Carbone, Elizabeth Carbone, Beatrice Carbone, Anna Carbone, Brendon LaPorte, Dakota LaPorte, Roby Liebbe, Paxton Liebbe and Evie Liebbe. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Charles “Dude” to one of the following: Alzheimer’s Tennessee Northeast, 2319 Browns Mill Road, Suite D-6, Johnson City, TN 37604, ARM-714 West C Street, Elizabethton, TN 37643, Holston Habitat For Humanity, 100 Greenwood Lane, Kingsport, TN 37663 or the First United Methodist Church, 325 East E Street, Elizabethton, TN 37643. Words of condolences may be sent to the family through our website, www.tetrickfuneralhome.com.
Tetrick Funeral Home, 211 North Riverside Drive, Elizabethton, TN 37643, (423-542-2232), is serving the LaPorte family.

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