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Robert Eugene Portteus

December 21, 1929 ~ March 13, 2022 (age 92)


Robert Eugene “Big Bob” Portteus, 92, went to be with Lord on Sunday, March 13, 2022, at his home in North Myrtle Beach, SC surrounded by his loving family. 

A private committal service was held at Midway United Methodist Church Cemetery in Reidsville and a Celebration of Life at Barefoot Church in North Myrtle Beach, SC.

Bob was born on December 21, 1929, in Toledo, OH to the late James Gold Portteus and Nettie Patty Portteus and had lived in North Myrtle Beach for many years.  At the age of 16, Bob lied about his age and enlisted in the Army to fight in WWII as a combat engineer.  From an early age, he was an evangelist and had a radio program called “The Awakening Hour”, retired from Polaroid Corporation, was a pilot, entrepreneur, watchmaker, jeweler, inventor, and worked at Jud Kuhn Chevrolet.  He was married to Jo Ann Turner on November 22, 1962, in Reidsville, NC, and lived in Charlotte, NC, San Antonio, TX, Toledo, OH, and North Myrtle Beach, SC to name a few.  Bob enjoyed fishing, camping, riding motorcycles, and flying airplanes.  Bob always lived life to the fullest.  He was a health enthusiast, and he adored his family.  He was a founding member of Barefoot Church in N Myrtle Beach, SC.  Bob was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Phillip Arthur Portteus, and a sister Patty Ann Portteus.

He is survived by his wife, Jo Ann Portteus, his daughters: Cindy Portteus Cumbo (Adam Brooks Cumbo), Kathy Portteus Kuhn (Judson Scott Kuhn), and Penny Jo-Ella Boos (Derek James Boos); his grandchildren: Lauren Cumbo Massey, Addison Buchanan Cumbo, Colton James Cumbo, Emma Kate Cumbo, Gavin Elijah Kuhn, Izabella Marie Boos, Turner James Boos, and Ellie Grace Boos; his great grandchildren: Kaylyn Brooke Labar and Brady James Labar.  He is also survived by his sister Joyce Louise Halstead.

Citty Funeral Home, in Reidsville, NC, is assisting the Portteus family and online condolences may be made at www.cittyfh.com.

The celebration of Bob’s life will be at Barefoot Church in North Myrtle Beach, SC on Friday, March 25, 2022, at 4:00 pm. Address: 701 Main Street, North Myrtle Beach, SC. 29582

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made Barefoot Church Building Fund.

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Celebration of Life
March 25, 2022

4:00 PM
Barefoot Church
701 Main St.
North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582


Barefoot Church Building Fund
701 Main St., North Myrtle Beach SC 29582

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