Laura Alyce Burris Porter

Published 7:00 pm Sunday, March 10, 2013

Funeral services for Laura Alyce Burris Porter of McCall Creek are 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 10, at Riverwood Family Funeral Service, with burial in Riverwood Memorial Park.

Visitation is Sunday from noon until 2 p.m. at the funeral home.

Mrs. Porter, 97, died March 8, 2013, at Silver Cross Home. She was born in McCall Creek on Feb. 9, 1916, to William Addison Burris and Lillie Dale Cotten Burris.

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She was a longstanding member and Sunday school teacher at McCall Creek Baptist Church. She was a selfless homemaker, loving and sacrificing mother of seven children, influencing the lives of all who entered the doors of their home and life.

Mrs. Porter was a teacher’s assistant in early children education and bus driver for Readi-Mobile in Jefferson County. She was a hard worker and seamstress at Bude and Stahl-Urban factories. She inspired love and had compassion for those she met, including family, friends, the hungry, the sick and helpless, young ministers, children and grandchildren, all the while sharing her love of Jesus.

Preceding her in death were her parents; husband, Warren A. Porter; two grandchildren, Christopher Chance and Cynthia Case; great-grandchild, Kolby Porter; six brothers, Jim Burris and wife, Louise, Hardy Burris and wife, Nova, John Burris and wife, Golda Mae, Leon Burris and wife, Gladys, Claude Burris and wife, Pauline, and Nolan Burris and wife, Dolores; sister, Lizzie Burris and husband, Crystal; and two daughters-in-law, Fredine Greer Porter and Sharon Wilson Porter.

Survivors are her sons, Rodney Earl Porter and wife, Shirley, Warren Porter Jr. and Michael Shelton Porter and wife, Melissa; daughters, Jo Nita Porter, with of the late Manuel Ripoll, Tama Rea Porter Chance and husband, Elzie, LaVelle Porter Case and husband, Lloyd, and Patsy Ella Porter Douglas and husband, Marvin “Jak”; sister, Ammie Lottie Burris Cupit; 23 grandchildren; a host of great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren and special nieces and nephews; other family survivors, Val Cumming and Mary Smith; and special friend/caregiver, Minnie Thomas.

The family wishes to thank Silver Cross Home and staff, Dr. Bryan Calcote, Dr. David Westbrook, Hospice Ministries, KDMC staff and McCall Creek Baptist Church.

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