June 14, 1923 ~ May 29, 2019
Mrs. Clara Lee Porter was born in Fayette County, Texas, and was especially proud of the fact she was born in 1923 on “Flag Day,” June 14th. At age 7 Clara and her brother, LeeVersa were raised by their grandparents Ed and Ida Duncan in Plum (La Grange), Texas after the death of their mother, Olivia Moore. Clara graduated from the La Grange Colored High School were she was named Queen. She then relocated to San Antonio, Texas. She met and married Marvin Porter, Sr., to this union 3 children were born, Marvin Jr., Hortense Delores and Larry James.
Clara’s entrepreneurial nature lured her to validate her talents. She received a Catering Certification at St. Philip’s College and an Interior/Floral Decorating & Design Certification at St. Mary’s University. Shortly after she started her own business, Porter’s Catering & Decorating. Over the years she was the creative expression behind many elegant events and special occasions throughout the city.
She was affectionately known as “Aunt Clara” by family and friends, in addition to “The Florence Nightingale” of her neighborhood. She would always take special care of her neighbors, whether it be sharing her nourishing food especially that “delicious peach cobbler” or heartfelt advice.
While serving as a lifelong member of Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, Sister Porter was a faithful member of The Douglas Memorial Sunday School Class, Woman’s Missionary Board, and The Golden Age Usher Board. She was also a member of The Eastern Star Lodge and The La Grange/Randolph Alumni Association. She was known throughout the city as a noted speaker for her moving rendition of “The 23rd Psalm.”
Mrs. Porter is preceded in death by her husband of 35 years Marvin Porter Sr. and youngest son Larry Porter. She is survived by her eldest son, Marvin Porter Jr. (Jocelyn & Family); daughter, Hortense Porter; son, Kevin McField Sr. (Tracey & Family); grandson, Timothy L. Woods (Toni & Family); granddaughtersMonique Antoynette Broadnax (Michael), Andrea Nicole Porter (Memphis, TN), Ariel Olivia Terrell (Brian) and Tara Renae Porter (St. Louis, MO); great granddaughter Preslei Porter (Memphis, TN); sister Dorothy Marie Upshaw (Family); and cousin, Rosemary Thomas Ward.
She will also be missed by her extended families: Duncan Brown Hornsby Hollis Families; Entire Porter Family; Robinson Family; Smith Family; Morgan Alexander Family; Walker Family; Harris Family; Cooper Wood Strauss Families; Farmer Family; Toole Family; Stewart Family; Jones Malone Family; Williams Nichols Family; Cannon McClinton Families; Bishop Green Family; Drew Family; and a host of nephews, nieces, cousins, godchildren, extended family, friends and her Antioch Missionary Baptist Church Family.
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