Edward C. “Eddie” Porterfield

December 27, 1944 ‒ August 10, 2018

Mount Vernon, Ohio

Edward C. Porterfield, “Eddie”, of Mount Vernon passed away peacefully on Friday morning, August 10, 2018 at Brookdale Mount Vernon. He was born in Mount Vernon on December 27, 1944 to Thomas H. Porterfield Sr. and Mary Eleanor (Durbin) Porterfield. He was a 1962 graduate of St. Vincent de Paul High School. He received a B.S. Degree in Business Administration in 1969 from Youngstown State University, an Associate Degree in Applied Science from The Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute (Wooster, Ohio) in 1977 and a B.S. Degree in Agriculture from The Ohio State University in 1982. Ed honorably served in the United States Army. He was a Viet Nam veteran and was awarded The Bronze Star Medal.

Ed had a lifelong love of golf from his days as a caddie at the Mount Vernon Country Club. He was an accomplished golfer and had recorded two holes in one. He had a successful career as a Certified Golf Course Superintendent in Maryland and Virginia and was a member of Golf Course Superintendents Association of America.

He was preceded in death by his parents and sisters: Patricia Gresko, Margaret (Peggy) Penkhus, brothers: Thomas H. Porterfield Jr., Bradford P. Porterfield. Additionally he was predeceased by brothers in law: Matthew Gresko and Rodger Drabick, niece: Peggy Gresko, great nephew: Jet Stoner.  He is survived by his brothers:  David J. Porterfield C.S.C.  of  South Bend, IN, Roger Jon Porterfield of Mount Vernon and sisters:  Karen E. Drabick of Columbia, MD, Mary E. Stoner of Cambridge, OH and sister in law:  Eileen Porterfield of Arlington, VA.  Also surviving are many nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews. The round table of world problem solvers at Hiawatha Golf Course has lost their Tuesday morning donut supplier.

In accordance with Ed’s wishes the family will observe a private burial service at a future date.

Memorial contributions may be made in Ed’s name to Hospice of Knox County 17700 Coshocton Road Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050.

Friends may leave a memory or condolence at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.

The Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Edward C. Porterfield.


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  • So sorry to learn of Eddie’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

    Mary Ann Fronce

  • I enjoyed the chance to know Eddie and visit with him in Virginia. I’m sure he’s already playing a round in heaven.

    Our condolences to Roger Jon, Mary, Karen and David and the rest of the Porterfield family.

    Rick and Mari-jean Siehl

  • I knew Ed as the virtual other grandfather of my grandchildren. Ed was a class act from beginning to end, and an example to me of how to show a high standard to everyone, especially children. Ed will be missed and admired by the Kemp family for a very long time. I did not know he was awarded the Bronze Star for his courage in Vietnam. Ed was the kind of man who would never advertise how special and brave he was. Rest In Peace, Ed.
    Paul and Joli Kemp

  • Mr Porterfield will not be forgotten.

    He left an impact on me with his words of appreciation over the years.

    Unfortunately, we live in the world of the negative where words of affirmation often take a back seat to words of condemnation.

    So, it was always assuring to know if he was on the other end of a call to the offices, before the call was over, he was going to get in a word of gratitude.

    May each of us commit to share more words of affirmation in his memory going forward and may each of us bend a kneed in thanksgiving before night’s end for his service on behalf of our country.

    Enough said.

    Tom Dellinger – Great Falls VA

  • Having met Ed under less than ideal circumstances we became good friends and I always appreciated and respected his honesty and integrity and even at times his stubbornness and brashness, that was Ed.

    The times we played golf and enjoyed social hours will never be forgotten.

    Thanks Ed for being who you were!

    Dave Anderson

  • My sincerest sympathy to the many members of the Porterfield families, especially, Roger who was a dutiful and diligent caregiver to Eddie during his disease progression and respective complications.

  • Rest In Peace my friend. You were an important part of some of the happiest years of my life. Hope you draw all the good playing partners in heaven. My favorite Evergreen game is still Greenjeans ( Poterfield), Shakey ( Mulloy), Long Ball ( Dorman) and Baffler ( Malloy).


  • Porterfields- I’m sorry for your loss. There are so many memories of him and all of you. Know that I’m thinking of you all!

  • My condolences to the Porterfield family. I treasure so many good times with Eddie. We affectionately called him Mr. Greenjeans and our boys loved him. Ed personally treated me at all times like a lady and with respect…he was a gentleman. Rest in peace, play your best round ever and enjoy the Heavenly CC.

  • Eddie P,
    You left us too early!!!
    Thanks for being a friend on and off the golf course.
    Our memories together puts a smile on my face.
    During the PGA final 18 today there will be a scotch toast to Eddie.

    Rest in peace Eddie P….

    Jimmy D

  • We are sorry to learn of Eddie’s death. Our prayers and sympathy are with you all. Patricia and Jim Durbin

  • My thoughts and prayers go out to David, Jon, Karen and Mary. I am so sorry to hear that Eddie has died. May you find comfort in faith and in the love of family and friends. Love, Rosie Durbin McAdam

  • We all here at EVCC will miss you Chop. Need several hours to rehash all the old stories. God bless the Porterfield family from all the Lovelace’s.

  • We had so many great times at Evergreen….miss you and the old days. Love from The Wedge and the Five Iron.

  • I’ll always remember the golf trips to the Neck with Chop and the Evergreen guys. Not many better ways to spend time.

  • I just found out about Eddie’s death. I am so sad Eddie, Dave and Tommy were Tom’s best friends throughout childhood and he loved playing golf with them, Eddie and Tom had their own tournament when Eddie lived here in Virginia. I have the silver trophy and it says Hines-Porterfield Invitational. As they got older Eddie won most of the time:) My kids loved Uncle Eddie and when uncle Eddie came to visit he always brought them candy corn and other goodies he took them for a ride in whatever fancy car he had at the time. I will never forget Eddie and all the laughter he brought to our family. He is in heaven now with Tom, and Tommy and they are playing golf and Tom and Tommy are loosing all of their money if their is some in heaven.


  • Chop, I wii forever miss smoking a cigar with you on the deck at Evergreen a listening to your quick one-liners. Rest In Peace, my friend!

  • Dear Porterfield Family, I was so sad to learn of Eddie’s passing and just know I have many memories of yesteryear when we were all young and full of fun times. I’m sure he has met up with Joe, Mike Crouch and all the other golfers who preceded him through those golden gates. May they gave a grand reunion!!

  • I just heard of Eddie Clay’s passing. We were able to reconnect after his return to Mt. Vernon. He will always hold a special place in my heart. He was one of a kind . My condolences to the Porterfield Family .

  • Our deepest sympathy to the entire Porterfield family. I will miss him deeply.He was like a brother besides being a great friend. I will never forget our adventures. Our family always will remember our trip to Va andDC.and his visits to Naples. Mike and Hazel McDonough Angela DiFiore Emily Sroka and David McDonough

  • Rest in peace brother. We had some amazing times at Evergreen. You taught me everything I know about growing grass… May God Bless Eddie’s family and friends during these difficult times.
    Bill McEwen