Preach Stephen.Com Mourns the Loss of Bishop W. L. Porter!

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Preach Stephen.Com Mourns the Loss of Bishop W. L. Porter! Bishop Porter was a mover and a shaker in COGIC circles for years until his health started to decline. This man was an awesome businessman and a great voice for the Kingdom! He will be greatly missed!

Bishop Willie Lee Porter Sr., a veteran leader in the 6 million-member Church of God in Christ (COGIC) and one of the last bishops to have served with founder C.H. Mason, died Saturday in his home after battling congestive heart failure. He was 83.

Porter, bishop of the Tennessee Central Jurisdiction, had been in frail health for several years and suffered a heart attack in December while undergoing surgery after a fall on Christmas Day. He had remained hospitalized until late March, when he was released. His son Brandon Porter told Charisma he seemed to be in stable condition but suddenly stopped breathing the day before Easter.

Porter was the founding pastor of Greater Community Temple COGIC in Memphis and a former member of the denomination’s general board, which is comprised of its senior leaders. He directed COGIC’s public relations office for more than 30 years and helped coordinate its annual Holy Convocation during that time.

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Service and Viewing Schedule:

The services for him will be as follows:

Public Viewing
Wednesday, April 15, 2009, 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Central Tennessee Jurisdictional Headquarters
Unity Church Of God In Christ
369 Lexington Avenue
Jackson, Tennesee  38301

Jurisdictional Service
Thursday, April 16, 7:00 p.m.

Greater Community Temple Church Of God In Christ
5151 Winchester Road
Memphis, Tennessee  38125

The National Homegoing Celebration
Friday, April 17, 2009, 11:00 a.m.
Mason Temple – World Headquarters – Church Of God In Christ
930 Mason Street
Memphis, Tennessee 38126

Services are entrusted to:
N. J. Ford & Sons Funeral Home
12 South Parkway West
Memphis, Tennessee  38109
901-948-7755  Office /  901-948-7103 Fax

All expressions of kindness to the Porter Family (cards, flowers, resolutions, etc.,) can be sent to:

Mother Mattie Flagg Porter
1235 East Parkway South
Memphis, Tennessee  38114
Home Telephone: 901-274-6585

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