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Charles Porter

Charles William Porter

Friday, October 6th, 1939 - Thursday, August 27th, 2020
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On Thursday, August 27, 2020, God called his son Charles W Porter to come home.

Dr. Charles W Porter is a native of Mobile, AL where he was a staple in his community by serving in numerous capacities. After earning Communications and Public Relation degrees from Alabama State University and University of Alabama, he was catapulted into his passion of Media. This was the beginning of many firsts. He was the first Black to serve as Director of Public Relations at the prestigious Northwestern University in Chicago. When he moved his family back to Alabama, he was the first Black to be hired at Mobile Press Register. He then went on to work for the Mobile Beacon before launching his own media outlet, Inner City News. Inner City News was established in the 70s to address issues that affected our communities, provide a positive spotlight and offer support to our inner city businesses and communities - typically overlooked by mainstream media. Inner City News eventually expanded to National Inner City. Dr Porter also shared his gift with the community as a powerful self-taught keyboardist. Charles co-founded a 70s jazz group, “Insatiables”. Over time Charles decided to shift his audience from Jazz to Christian as dedicated his life to the church where he was eventually called to the ministry. On October 20, 2002, Dr. Porter’s title was promoted to Reverend when he delivered his first sermon. To heighten his ability to speak to mountains, Charles earned his doctorate in theological studies and served as a minister at Green Grove Missionary Baptist then Friendship Missionary Baptist Church. To expand his impact, Charles oversaw the Entrepreneurial program at Bishop State Community College. This program offered highly valuable resources to new and aspiring business owners.

Before it was the ‘thing to do’, Charles Porter has always advocated for the community – notably the Black community. He wanted us to support each other’s businesses so we could build wealth in our own community. He walked the walk of Black Lives Matter before it was an official movement. Charles believed that everyone deserved to have a fair shot at life. Whenever possible, he would try to help families fill in their gaps. If someone needed guidance, he was there. If someone didn’t have an active (or positive) father in their life, he stepped in. That’s why so many non-relatives call him Uncle CW! Rev Porter had a natural humor and wit that offered comfort and encouragement to any situation.

Charles Porter has earned a plethora of national and local accolades, recognitions and awards for his excellent work and service in the community. He was passionate about many community programs including Mobile County Training School (MCTS), Africatown to name a few. Charles Porter is a proud member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity (Gamma Sigma Chapter).

Born from Rosie and Qullie Porter, Charles Porter was survived by his wife Joyce of 48 years.
Charles Porter was also a daily blessing to:
4 children - O’Neal, Michael, Terri (Walter) and Nikki.
8 grandchildren - Kimberly, CVJ, Brooke (Jarvis), Morgan (Tim), Jerrett, Jelica, Javarus, Markiah and the late Karimi.
4 great grandchildren - Amber, McKenzie, Jarvis Jr and Maddie
1 sister - Edna Mae Mitchell (Jodie) of Sacramento, CA
4 brothers - Snook (Helen), Bae Bae (Johnice), John (Daisy) and Howard (Clarice)of Mobile, AL.
And a host of beloved nieces, nephews and cousins.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Thursday, September 3rd, 2020 | 5:00pm - 8:00pm
    When
    Thursday, September 3rd, 2020 5:00pm - 8:00pm
    Location
    Small's Mortuary - Mobile
    Address
    950 S. Broad Street
    Mobile, AL 36603
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  • Second Visitation

    Friday, September 4th, 2020 | 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    When
    Friday, September 4th, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    Location
    Small's Mortuary Chapel
    Address
    950 South Broad Street
    MOBILE, AL 36603
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  • Service

    Friday, September 4th, 2020 | 2:00pm
    When
    Friday, September 4th, 2020 2:00pm
    Location
    Small's Mortuary Chapel
    Address
    950 South Broad Street
    MOBILE, AL 36603
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  • Interment

    Friday, September 4th, 2020 |
    When
    Friday, September 4th, 2020
    Location
    Lawn Haven Cemetery
    Address
    8691 Old Pascagoula Rd
    THEODORE, AL 36582
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Wysandra Dees Richards

Posted at 06:10pm
I met Rev. Porter at a Baker football game in 2018. I already knew him because I would visit Friendship quite often. He saw me sitting alone and decided to join me. He introduced himself and I explained that I knew him from his church. From those of you who knew him, that made us friends. He was so nice. He had come out to support the area school team that night. We talked about so many things that night; our families, my church home, Friendship, school and our community. He was so genuine when speaking on every subject. I only saw him at 2 games. But he made a lasting impression. He spoke nothing of his accolades. His demeanor and character showed you he was someone to be respected. Family, you have my deepest most heartfelt sympathy. I pray that God comforts each of you.
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Perry Callier

Posted at 01:16pm
It seems like it was just yesterday,when we were teens in the mid fifties at MCTS. Charles was
Destined for greatness,even as a boy. RIP My Brother Class 1958
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Felicia Dortch

Posted at 11:51am
Dr. Porter was a mentor of mine from Bishop State's Youth Entrepreneurship Academy. He was so amazing! He inspired us youth with his words, but also instilled the values of hard work, respect for yourself and others,, integrity, humility and believing in one self. Little did I know that I would never be the same after graduating the program. He fought for what he believed in, sowed into our lives and listened to what we had to say. He made us feel important and valued, like we could do anything! Also, we always needed to handle our "bidness" first, then "play". (Lol). He was a strong man, but kind with a gentle spirit, but he didn't take himself too seriously-he knew how to laugh. I know he is laughing in heaven right now as the Lord tells him "Well done and welcome home my servant." God bless his family and friends. I'm just so grateful and thankful that God put him in my life to help me grow and succeed. I would not be the person I am today without him and I hope along with the many lessons he taught me that I make him proud. He will truly be missed.
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Bonnie Dunning

Posted at 11:44am
Deepest sympathy to the family. My son was in the Bishop State's Youth Entrepreneurship Academy, under the leadership of Rev. Porter, he was a true inspiration to all. I worked with Sister Joyce Porter later in life, both were truly God's angels and an extraordinary model to all. May God continue to bless the family.
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Felicia Dortch

Posted at 01:23am
Dr. Porter was a mentor of mine from Bishop State's Youth Entrepreneurship Academy. He was so amazing! He inspired us youth with his words, but also instilled the values of hard work, respect for yourself and others,, integrity, humility and believing in one self. Little did I know that I would never be the same after graduating the program. He fought for what he believed in, sowed into our lives and listened to what we had to say. He made us feel important and valued, like we could do anything! Also, we always needed to handle our "bidness" first, then "play". (Lol). He was a strong man, but kind with a gentle spirit, but he didn't take himself too seriously-he knew how to laugh. I know he is laughing in heaven right now as the Lord tells him "Well done and welcome home my servant." God bless his family and friends. I'm just so grateful and thankful that God put him in my life to help me grow and succeed. I would not be the person I am today without him and I hope along with the many lessons he taught me that I make him proud. He will truly be missed.
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