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|© The Guthrie News Leader|
|Tuesday, April 1, 2003|
Services for Clarence H. Porter, 83, of Ashdown, Ark. were held Monday, March 24, 2003 at Millwood Baptist Church in Millwood, Ark. with the Rev. Don Jones officiating. Burial followed in Blackerby Cemetery in Millwood under the direction of Madden Funeral Home.
Porter was born Feb. 10, 1920 in Orlando, Okla. He died Friday, March 21, 2003 in Texarkana, Ark.
He was a member of Millwood Baptist CHurch and Nail Benders Mission.
Survivors include three sons, Clarence Paul Porter of Stuttgart, Ark., Maurice Belding of Oklahoma and Paul Belding of Texas; two daughters, Dorothy Jean Spoon of Joplin Mo. and Jeannie Manning of Arkansas; three sisters, Goldie Lucille Lute of Guthrie and Lillie Mae Pledger and Norma Jean Havener of Oklahoma; two special friends, Tom and Edna Webster of Ashdown; and a number of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and other relatives.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy Porter, two daughters, Betty Ann Porter and Clara Lucille Porter, and one son, Bill Belding.
From the poem "The Amen Corner," by Carol McGee:
"I love our little country church, I never want to miss
The preachin' and the singin' and folks, I'll tell you this-
When Brother Leo preaches, things get pretty quiet, then -
Somewhere from the back left row, You're sure to hear 'Amen.'
The saddest day at our church in, Lord, I don't know when
Was the day that Brother Porter wasn't there to say 'Amen.'
I heard from Brother Lovel, Brother Archie and the rest
But with Brother Porter missing, I just didn't feel so blessed.
I prayed for Brother Porter, and I called him on the phone,
For he was in the hospital and I need him to come home.
My prayers were answered, to my glee, and soon, I took my place
Back near the rear on the left-hand side, thought I couldn't see his face.
Brother Leo got to preachin',
Brother Porter said 'that's right' - 'uh-huh'
And 'Halleluhah' and 'Amen' to my delight.
I believe that Brother Porter has a soul that's filled with fire.
And God put him in our presence our spirits to inspire!
When I get to heaven, I'll stay somewhere near the rear
An watch for Brother Porter, 'cause I know that he'll be there.
When Jesus sits down at the throne and gathers us all in
I'll smile, when somewhere from the back, I'll hear a loud 'Amen.'"
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