William Adams Porter
November 19, 1940 – February 9, 2020
William Adams Porter, 79, of Montgomery, Alabama, passed away at home on Sunday, February 9, 2020 after a valiant battle with cancer. Bill was born on November 19, 1940, in Alexander City, Alabama, to Jackson Sturdivant Porter and Norma Adams Porter both preceding him in death as well as his granddaughter, April Adams Cain. Surviving Bill is his beloved wife of almost 54 years, Sandra “Sam” Marshall Porter; their children, Anna Porter Brewer (Gerard), William Phillip Porter (Lori), Kelly Porter Floyd (Wes); grandchildren, Morgan Porter Wilson (Kevin), Alex Porter Vaughan (Patrick), Miles Ross (Lei), Peyton Brewer, Caroline Cain, Gracie Churchwell, Andrew Brewer, Charity Floyd, Abygail Churchwell, Wyatt Floyd, Laney Porter, Braden Floyd, Ella Kate Churchwell, and Kasey Porter; great grandchildren are Zoey and Max Vaughan, and Chloe and Natalie Wilson. Also surviving Bill are his brothers-in-law, Phillip Marshall (Pat), John Marshall (Brenda) and sister-in-law, Phyllis Marshall Simmons (Bennie Strong). Bill was a well-known commercial building consultant for 5 decades. He proudly served in the US Army Reserves and was active in the Montgomery Kiwanis Club and a proud member of the First Baptist Church Poundstone Sunday School Class. Being an avid hunter and fisherman, he helped bring the shooting sport of sporting clays to the State of Alabama and was a state champion. Most importantly, he was a loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather and was loved and respected by all who knew him. A great story teller, he loved to make people laugh as well as having a good laugh himself. Pallbearers will be Peyton Brewer, Andrew Brewer, Wyatt Floyd, Braden Floyd, Chris Gilliam, Stephen Rogers, Kevin Wilson, Mark Williams, and Aidan Screws. Honorary pallbearers are William “Bill” Wible, members of the Poundstone SS Class, The Montgomery Kiwanis Club, and Benjamin Russell’s Class of ’59. Services will be at Leak Memory Chapel in Montgomery on Thursday, February 13, 2020, at 11:00 am with visitation beginning at 10:00 am. Burial will follow at Ebenezer East Baptist Church cemetery, 1571 Halso Mill Road, Greenville, AL at 2:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Respite Ministry of the First United Methodist Church, 2416 West Cloverdale Park, Montgomery, Alabama 36106.
- Peyton Brewer
- Andrew Brewer
- Wyatt Floyd
- Braden Floyd
- Chris Gilliam
- Stephen Rogers
- Kevin Wilson
- Mark Williams
- Aidan Screws
- Visitation Thursday, February 13, 2020
- Celebration of Life Thursday, February 13, 2020
William Adams Porter
February 10, 2020
Bill Porter will always be ‘Uncle Bill’ to me. I remember meeting him for the first time. It was Thanksgiving at Granny’s in Greenville, AL in 1998. He was so kind and so warm to me...like I was his niece my whole life. I remember him shooting mistletoe out of the trees and giving us a sprig to take home for the Christmas season. Through the years of knowing him, Bill stood out as such a special and remarkable man. He told stories like no one I’ve ever known. His intelligence was so unique and memorable...I can honestly say I’ve never known any human being quite like Bill Porter. His passing hit me like a pile of bricks. I know he will be missed beyond words. It’s very hard to imagine a world without Uncle Bill. But it’s a delightful thought to imagine Heaven with Bill in it. We’ll see you again someday soon, Uncle Bill. Love and prayers to all!
February 10, 2020
Not a better “man’s man” in the world than this guy. He loved his family, loved the outdoors, was an expert on so many things: guns, shooting, hunting, fishing, bird dogs, buildings, & how things are supposed to be built. He did everything the “right way” and he didn’t do anything halfway. I’ll miss his stories, his wisdom, his smile and the way he loved Sandra. The pride he had for his son Will always reminded me of how I love my own three boys. The love he had for Anna and Kelly is a great example of how to love your girls and show them that they deserve the best.
Bill took me and two of my sons shooting one day. The boys were missing clays left and right. After a giggle and that smile- he says: “Put those guns down and lemme show you something.” All it took was one 15 minute lesson from Papa to his new grandsons and they were instant sharp-shooters. They were amazed at his knowledge and like me- loved his stories of birds and clay shooting.
Like my own Father, Bill was an auto enthusiast. It was often we’d stop by the house and catch him watching the Barrett Jackson Auction. He’d see a car that reminded him of his heydays and he’d share a story about it. He loved our Maserati. Weeks ago he asked me to take he and a buddy for a ride. The smile on his face when we went 0 to 120 on I85 was priceless. I was trying so hard to impress him. I looked over at him & he said with a smile: “Nice son.... Nice...” He was fearless. Completely relaxed. And we ended the ride with him sharing a story about an Alfa Romeo that he had years ago.
Bill leaves a truly great legacy. The bar has been set very high for us Dad’s and husbands to follow. He’ll never be forgotten. And we will keep his memory alive by telling his stories to all of he and Sandra’s beautiful grandchildren.
Rest In Peace to the Greatest Father in Law -
February 10, 2020
Bill had a significant impact on my life. I always enjoyed sitting with him (and others) at our back left table during Kiwanis meetings. I bet he is already telling stories to Jesus. God bless you Sam and family!