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Naomi Forney Porter

Born: Fri., Feb. 2, 1917
Died: Thu., May 5, 2016


12:00 PM to 1:00 PM, Mon., May 09, 2016
Location: Wright Funeral Home

Funeral Service

1:00 PM Mon., May 09, 2016
Location: Wright Funeral Home

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Mrs. Naomi Forney Porter, 99, of 620 Glenthorne Rd, Columbia, SC passed away Thursday, May 5, 2016 at her home. 

Funeral services will be 1:00 pm, Monday, May 9, 2016 at Wright Funeral Home.  Burial will follow at Lakeview Memory Gardens in York.  The family will receive friends from 12 to 1 pm prior to the service.

Mrs. Naomi Forney Porter was born February 2, 1917 in Rock Hill, South Carolina, the sixth child of eight siblings of the late William and Willie Bell Hart Forney of York, South Carolina. In 1921, her parents moved to 215 East Madison Street in York. Former residences for 82 years were 81 Boyd Street, West Asheville, North Carolina; 27 Crescent Street and 69 Annandale Avenue in Asheville.

Naomi attended the public schools of York, graduating as Salutatorian from Jefferson High School in 1932. She also graduated as second in her class from Clinton Jr. College in Rock Hill in 1934.  Poor but polished, this highly intelligent young woman accepted a position as an elementary school teacher in 1935-36 in Asheville.

Naomi accepted Christ as her personal Savior at an early age and praised God with her family and became a member of Clinton Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church in York.

Naomi met the love of her life, Clifton William Porter, Sr. (1918-1977), son of Peter and Frances Porter of 27 Crescent Street, Asheville. They were united in Holy Matrimony on November 8, 1937. Two children were born to this union--Sitrena Marie Porter (1938-2007)named for her blessed sister Sitrena (the name of a flower) and Clifton William Porter, Jr. (1929-2010).  At this time, Naomi became a full-time mother and homemaker. In 1944, Clift was inducted into the United States Navy. Naomi's family joined Varick Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church and became a life member of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church.  Naomi loved hymns and sang Alto Soprano and Tenor in the Church Choir.  Her favorite hymns were "Blessed Assurance" and "Have Thine Own Way, Lord."  Naomi with a faithful and faith filled spirit, has answered all of God's calls for obedience to His will by living a Holy and victorious life.  All of the Forney women had an extraordinary degree of ebony excellence and family values.  Naomi was a member of the Missionary Society and held other highly privileged Christian positions.  She was a strong-willed, independent and faithful woman of God on a journey of joy and love for 75 years at Varick Chapel.  When God made Naomi, he had a purpose and a plan for her good and his pleasure to fulfill her mission--nothing now, nothing in the future...nothing in the world could separate her from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus, our Lord. Naomi possessed so many qualities worthy of admiration and respect.  In addition, Naomi's calm, polite, patient, endearing manners, sound mind and quick wit was worthy of a conversation that would keep you on the edge of your seat and laughing.  She loved talking about "Slavery Time."  Naomi also loved to talk about her family.  Her mind was bright at ninety-nine, remembering treasured memories of her school days and close bond with her sisters especially gatherings after school on the corner of North Congress and East Madison Street.  Naomi kept God's fifth commandment to honor her father and mother and after her father's death, her mission was to take care of her mother. Naomi took pride in her ability to "dress up" her Mother every Mother's Day.  Naomi told us how her mother taught them about cleanliness and to be well dressed for every occasion, especially Sunday for Church Sunday School and Church Service.  Her family faithfully visited her mother on holidays and the children spent many summer vacations in York.  A beautiful women of grace and beauty, she had an excellent flare for fashion. Around 1954, her niece began calling her "Auntie" that became her name to the family.  Naomi's daughter entered motherhood by welcoming a beautiful and adorable baby girl that she named Rhonda Michelle Porter.  She was the only precious grandchild of Clift and Naomi.  As a socialite, Naomi was a life member of Asheville's prestigious African American organization called "The Cinderella Club."

For many years, they would entertain the family with the most beautiful table settings she had acquired over the years.  She was an excellent cook and loved her beautiful home, porch, garden of flowers and manicured lawn. On September 29, 2015, divine intervention that generated beautiful relations when her family assisted with preparations for her departure from Asheville to live with her nephew and niece in Columbia, SC--Benjamin and Margaret McNulty--their children, Rashad, Brandis, Sharad and little pet Kodi.  They all became her caregivers for life. They were especially blessed to care for her with love and devotion for these eight months of her life on earth.  Today, Thursday morning, May 5, 2016, Naomi took her first steps while holding the hand of the Lord and walking up the stairway to Heaven.  Today, Naomi spoke her first words while speaking to the Lord.  Today, Heaven gained one of the best angels it could ever dream about.  Today, Naomi smiled down on all of us and finally spoke her famous words, "Thank You, I Love You Very Very Much--although we never heard it, we felt it.  Benjamin and Margaret surrounded her with devotion as she transitioned to eternity and told her to go play and dance with her sisters, Sitrena, Ruth and Keturah. We will always love you forever, 

She was predeceased by her parents, her husband, Clifton William Porter, Sr., daughter, Sitrena Marie Porter; son, Clifton William Porter, Jr., four of her eight siblings who succumbed to childhood illnesses and four loving sisters, Sitrena Forney Williams, Ruth Forney Byers Swink, and Keturah Forney McNulty.

Naomi is survived by her Granddaughter, Rhonda Michelle Porter of Mableton, Georgia; devoted caregivers nephew Benjamin and Margaret McNulty of Columbia, SC; Dennis and Bertha McNulty of West Bloomfield, Michigan; Kevin and Bessie McNulty of Anderson, SC; Nephew William Davis and his wife--the last of The Forney Women and designated daughter Willie Frazier McNulty Davis of Columbia, SC; loving niece Josephine Porter Scrivens of Charlotte, NC; nephews, Francis Venable (Melissa) of Charlotte, NC and George Tate of Washington, DC; grand nieces and nephews:
Juwan McNulty and daughter, Nykea; Rashad McNulty and Son, Bryce; Antuwan and Meklit McNulty; Brandis McNulty; LaKeshia McNulty, and daughters AnYa and Apollina; Sharad McNulty; William Davis, IV; LaSteven and daughter Gabrielle Haynes; Mrs. Patricia Kershaw Anthony, devoted Goddaughter, friend and caregiver for eight years; Mrs. Sharon Burton, devoted friend; Godsons Clyde and Freddie Waters; and large and loving extended family of loving relatives, Varick Chapel members, special friends and neighbors.

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Clyde Waters
   Posted Fri May 06, 2016
Will truly miss the many chats we shared over the years.I know she is smiling and looking upon the face of God 15

Pamela Miles
   Posted Sun May 08, 2016
My heart goes out to the family during this difficult time. May God provide you all with comfort during this time.

(Mrs.) M. Hester W. [Carter-V.C.]
   Posted Mon May 09, 2016
To the Porter, McNulty Families: Please accept my sincere, and heartfelt sympathy. While God, and Jesus holds you, I pray that your hurt in the loss of your loved one will be eased tenderly. God speed, and, as usual, take good care of one another.
I'm at the library, and had just learned about it. Someone at church had called the McNulty name for prayer, but hadn't mentioned your loss.
Deepest regrets, your former neighbor, Mary H.

R. Sweatman
   Posted Tue May 10, 2016
My deepest sympathy in the loss of your dear loved one. When our loved ones fall asleep in death it grieves our heart. The Bible has beautiful and comforting words to help us cope with our loss. Psalm 147:3 says; He (God) heals the brokenhearted; He binds up their wounds. Revelation 21:4 expresses a wonderful hope for the future. It says: And he (God) will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. May these scriptures provide comfort for you now and in the days ahead.

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