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Willie Ethel (Coleman) Porter

December 7, 1925 ~ December 15, 2021 (age 96)

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Willie Ethel Porter lived life her way. She entered life on December 7, 1925 to the parents of Edith Alexander Coleman and Earlie Coleman in Bastrop County. She was a loving, caring, and proud Mother and Grandmother of three generations.

Willie Ethel Porter attended Emile High School. She had passion for life. She was adventurous and desired to experience different areas. After High School she spread her wings to soar and travel across the Country. She took residence in New York, Illinois, Colorado, and California. She wed the late James Porter and took residence in Corpus Christi. She received Christ and was a member of Antioch Baptist Church. She was employed in hospitality and cleaning services. She loved playing bingo, going fishing, and playing dominoes. You could find her at the local Bingo halls yelling, “Bingo!” She enjoyed spending time with her family and cooking. Lending a hand wherever needed. She always had something positive and funny to say. She developed long lasting relationships. She loved to entertain at “her” place. No matter the size of her place, she welcomed all and you found a way to squeeze in her place. She was full of energy. She worked until she just could not work anymore. She would say, “Baby, when you stop moving your body starts to shut down on you, so you have to stay busy.” So that’s just what she did! She was independent and loved doing things her way.  She didn’t like to drive.  She purchased several cars only to have someone drive her. She yelled and dictated how the driver should drive her and to keep her calm the driver would comply. She loved her babies.  They were her pride and glory. She kept her place adorned with their pictures. If you wanted to spark some fire from her, mess with one of her babies.

Willie Ethel Porter (Mother)  lived a good life. She was passionate and kind. She had a heart of gold. She was well known throughout the community. After being diagnosed with Dementia she become less active. The disease frustrated her because it limited her causing her to not be as independent as she had grown to love and had been accustomed to.  She fought to keep her independence, however as the disease advanced, she could not sustain living alone. Her loving son Benny Davis Sr. was determined to provide care for her and not allow her to be placed in a nursing facility. She took residence with him and with the assistance of family they provided the upmost care for her. With time things became vague and she could remember things as she once did.  Although her memory failed her, she stayed in good spirits. You could always find her laughing and she always had something sassy to say.

On Wednesday, December 15, 2021, Willie Ethel Porter transitioned from labor to glory at the tender age of 96. She was surrounded by her loving family. Her memory will be cherished. She was genuinely and immensely loved and will be missed.

Willie Ethel Porter was preceded in death by her Parents Edith Alexander Coleman and Earlie Coleman. Husband James Porter. Her Siblings: Verna & Fritz Triggs. Wilma & Wilson Davis, Eva & Jesse Limuel, Erma & Al Green, Emma Lewis & Perryman, Mary Pearl & Anderson Blaylock, Cornelius & Ophelia Coleman, Forest & Georgia Coleman. Daughter in Laws: Helen Davis and Florence Davis. Those who live to cherish her memory: Her one and only Son Benny Davis Sr. Grandchildren: Anthony & Florice Brown, Bernard & Angela Davis, Yolanda Davis, Benny Jr. & Dominique Davis.  16 Great Grandchildren and 18 Great Great Grandchildren.  Beloved Sister Gladys Williams. A host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

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December 26, 2021

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Gipson Pendergrass People's Mortuary, LLC
109 NW 1st Street
Smithville, TX 78957

Funeral Service
December 27, 2021

11:00 AM
Providence Primitive Baptist District Tabernacle
120 N. Gaines Road
Cedar Creek, TX 78612

Interment following funeral service
December 27, 2021

Clearview Cemetery
111 W, Clearview Cemetery Rd.
Bastrop, TX 78602

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