Martha Belle Brothers Porter, 93, was called by God to be with him on Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at Sumter West Health and Rehabilitation Center, Sumter. Born September 8, 1925, in St. George (Dorchester County), she was the daughter of the late John and Elizabeth Brothers. She was a graduate of Williams Memorial High School and furthered her education at Morris College. She taught school in Lee County and also worked at Campbell Soup. As a youth she joined Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, St. George. She was also a member of Jehovah Missionary Baptist Church and later joined Antioch United Methodist Church, where she was a member of the United Methodist Women. Mrs. Porter was a member of the Eastern Star House of Ruth. Martha was united in Holy matrimony to the late John Thomas Porter, Sr. on September 5, 1948. This marriage was blessed with six children. She leaves to cherish her memories: her children, Jacquelyn Nathenia “Jackie” Porter, John Thomas (Jean) Porter, Jr., Karen Sylyn Griffin, Errol Lyle Porter, Selwyn DeChon (Tammy) Porter, Patrice Katourah (Robert) Jemes; her twin sister, Mary Nelle Brothers Walker Garvin; two sisters-in-law; thirteen grandchildren; one granddaughter-in-law; twelve great grandchildren; two great grand sons-in-law; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. The family will receive relatives and friends starting at 3 p. m. at the home, 255 Arlington Road, Sumter. Homegoing Services will be held Monday, June 3, 2019, 11 a. m. from the Antioch United Methodist Church, 4040 Dubose Siding Road, Sumter, with the Rev. Raymond F. Cook, Jr., pastor, eulogist. A wake service will be held 5 to 6 p. m., Sunday in the John Wesley Williams Sr. Memorial Chapel of Williams Funeral Home, Inc., 821 North Main Street, Sumter. The Remains will be placed in the church at 10 a. m. The funeral procession will leave from the home at 10:20 a. m. Burial will be in the Antioch United Methodist Church Cemetery.
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