James Porter, 65, husband of Rosa Lee White Porter, answered his call to eternal rest on Saturday, June 15, 2013, at Tuomey Regional Medical Center.
Born Nov. 13, 1947, in Sumter County, he was a son of the late Joseph and Rosezell Gibson Porter. He received his education in the public schools of Sumter County. James was the owner of Porter Construction/Remolding and Porter Concrete. He was a member of New Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church, Sumter, where he served as a trustee.
James leaves to cherish his precious memories: his wife, Rosa Lee White Porter; one stepdaughter, Ginny White (Silas) Abrams of Sumter; three sisters, Annie Lee Richardson of Gibson, N.C., Mary Singleton and Joan (Johnnie) Gore of Sumter; foster sister, Latoya (Johnnie) Rush of Sumter; foster brothers, Marcus Garrick of Sumter and Deidrick Garrick of Eastover; three grandchildren, Elvira (Robert) Polite, Quincetta Abrams and Joshua James; five great-grandchildren of Sumter; seven sisters-in-law, Martha White, Alice Lorenzo and Bertha King of Buffalo, N.Y., Lucille (James) Lacy and Betsy Mickens of Syracuse, N.Y., Brenda Brye of Bronx, N.Y., and Maggie Green of Sumter; three aunts, Nancy Porter of Sumter, Lillie Bell Miles and Catherine Jackson of Eastover; two uncles, Purnell (Rosa) Gibson of Sumter and Lewis Gibson of Eastover; one additional brother-in-law, Nathan Carter of Sumter; a special niece, Alexcia Gore of Charleston; a special friend, Frances Kennedy of Sumter; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Ina James; a brother, Johnnie Porter; and a sister, Rosetta Carter.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at New Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church, 105 S. Purdy St., Sumter, with the Rev. Dale Edwards, pastor, the Rev. Barrington Pierson, eulogist, and the Rev. Albertus Smiling, presiding.
The family will receive friends and relatives at the home, 135 N. Milton Road, Sumter.
The remains will be placed in the church at 1 p.m.
The funeral procession will leave at 1:30 p.m. from her home.
Flower bearers will be nieces.
Pallbearers will be friends of the family.
Burial will be in the Walker Cemetery.
Online memorial messages may be sent to the family at firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit us on the web at www.williamsfuneralhomeinc.com.
Services directed by the management and staff of Williams Funeral Home Inc., 821 N. Main St., Sumter.