May 23, 2022

Dorothy Hardin Porter

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Dorothy Hardin Porter, 93, of Alamo passed away peacefully in her sleep on Saturday, November 6, 2021 at Bells Assisted Living.
Dorothy was born September 7, 1928 in Humboldt to Joe Wheeler and Julia Mae Hardin. She attended school in Humboldt until leaving for Baptist School of Nursing in Memphis. After graduation, she moved back to Humboldt to start her nursing career, working in the clinic alongside Dr. James Rozzell. It was there in the clinic she met her husband. In August 1953, Dorothy married King and began her life as a farmer’s wife. You would see her in the garden, fields or hauling cotton trailers, always supporting quietly and content with the simple life they lived. She also continued to care for those she loved throughout her life. Her canning and cooking skills were shared throughout her community and she was best known for her German Chocolate cake. Her sewing skills were perfected by sewing for her family and making Barbie clothes which are still enjoyed today. She was a member of the Coxville Home Demonstration Club for many years.
Dorothy lived her life as a model for all of us, with strength, devotion, love of God, family and her big smiles. She was an active member of Cox’s Chapel Church of Christ until it merged with Gadsden Church of Christ and was unable to attend. Once she moved to Bells Retirement Village, she attended bible study led by Susie Lavenue, which she looked forward to each Monday.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her loving husband of 59 years, Kingdon (King) Gamaliel Porter and her brother Bernice Hardin. She leaves her son Brent (and wife Susan) and her daughter Laurie (and husband Tim). She also leaves 4 grandchildren; Casey Eison (Dereck), Kelli Utley (Kyle), Julie Dawson (Bran) and Will Brewer (Victoria). She was blessed by seeing the birth of 7 great-grandchildren; Reed and Holden Eison, Max, Mase and Myles Utley and Emery and Anna West Dawson. She also leaves many friends and caregivers she met during her life.
Dorothy lived the last 6 years as a resident of Bells Retirement Village and Assisted Living. Over the course of those years, she grew to love her extended family and caregivers. With her outgoing personality, there were many laughs, smiles and fun activities. The family would like to thank the past Director, Vickie Norrid and present Director, Mia Diamond for all they have done to make her “home away from home” a comfortable and safe place.
Pallbearers: Dereck Eison, Kyle Utley, Will Brewer, Bran Dawson, Max Utley, and Wayne Rushing along with honorary pallbearers: Casey Eison, Kelli Utley, Julie Dawson, Victoria Brewer, Joe Gossett and Bruce Hickerson.
The family request that memorials be made to Cox’s Chapel Cemetery Fund, 6203 Highway 152 Humboldt, TN 38343, St. Jude or to the charity of one’s choice.
“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make a difference that you have lived and lived well.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

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