On February 23, 1930, Susie Sanders Porcher was born in Rembert to Edwin and Henrietta Sanders. Susie had seven brothers and eight sisters, including a very special twin sister, Mary Sanders Robinson. She was educated in the public schools of Sumter County and enjoyed playing sports such as basketball and softball. Susie loved her family, and they left a great legacy of family values for the next generation. She was very proud to be a member of the Sanders family and often reminded others of the family’s values of hard work, togetherness, education and spirituality. The Sanders family helped each other on the farm and made provisions for each other. They never missed visiting with each other and having big meals together as a family. Most of all, Susie loved to tell stories about her parents, grandparents, siblings, and cousins. These stories left such a great legacy.
Susie loved the Lord and accepted Christ as her Savior at an early age. Her parents taught her the importance of serving God; therefore, she became a member of Mount Pisgah Baptist Church with her family. When she married, she joined the High Hills Baptist Church, where she was a faithful member and served on the Pastor’s Aide, the Kitchen Ministry, and the Trustee’s Wives. Susie’s purpose on this earth was to be a pillar for her family, her church, and her community and to stand on God’s word and seek his provisions. Susie always knew that “The Lord will provide”.
In June 1949, Susie met Mr. Johnny James Porcher, and they were married on July 20, 1949. They were married for 62 years until Johnny went home to be with the Lord on December 1, 2011. Johnny and Susie had 10 children and raised them to be active members of the church. She was a devoted mother and taught her children to value education and be honest, respectful, and diligent. Susie even taught her children to read and write before they entered school and checked their homework every night. She also loved and cared for all of her nieces and nephews and even helped raise two nieces, Joyce and Joanne Taylor, and a special nephew, Sammie Sanders.
Susie grew up on a farm and developed survival skills for life. Susie was an excellent cook. Some of her favorite dishes were macaroni and cheese, sweet potato pies, coconut pies, and potato salad. Everybody loved her homemade pies. Her relatives loved hunting and always brought wild game for her to prepare and cook. She also loved to quilt and sew. In addition to raising her children, Mrs. Porcher owned her farmland and greatly enjoyed farming. She raised livestock and knew how to cure and prepare her own meat. She regularly read the Farmer’s Almanac and shared with others the best ways to plant and grow crops. She was an amazing gardener and always had enough fruits and vegetables to share with family and friends. She was also well known for cooking big Sunday meals for her friends and family.
Mrs. Porcher was known as Aunt Sue to everyone in her community. She loved her friends and family and always welcomed those in need. She had a kind and caring heart and always offered encouraging words, although tough at times, to those she loved. Susie also developed a special relationship with her baby sister, Mrs. Angeline (Bessie) Nelson. Susie talked on the phone with her sister almost every day, and they visited each other regularly.
On July 4, 2012, Mrs. Susie Porcher departed this earthly life and went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Mrs. Porcher was a devoted mother, grandmother, sister, and aunt, who leaves to cherish her memories: her daughters, Johnnie Mae (Dr. Norman) Underwood of Terry, MS, Maxine Porcher of Chesapeake, VA, Maichelle Saunders of Chesapeake, VA and Ralphenia Porcher of Woodbridge, VA; her sons, Edward (Jessie Mae) Porcher of Dalzell, James (Doris) Porcher of Richmond, VA, Melvin (Linda) Porcher of Richmond, VA, Ralph (Denise) Porcher of Columbia, Richard Earl (Dr. Sonya) Porcher of Hoschton, GA and Lynn (Shelia) Porcher of Rocky Mount, NC; her grandchildren, Trina Porcher, Cory Porcher, Melvin Porcher, Jr., Malcolm (Chasity) Underwood, Cecilia Porcher, Byron (Shemia) Porcher, Andrea (Eric) Jones, Charmaine Saunders, Jermaine Saunders, Sabrina Porcher, Lynn Porcher, Jr., McKenzie Porcher, and Quinton Porcher; three great-grandchildren; her sister, Mrs. Angeline Nelson; her sister-in-law, Mrs. Ruth Sanders; two nieces she raised, Joyce Adams and Joanne Bolden; a special nephew, Sammie Sanders; a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins; the Williams, Robinson, Grant, Gathers, and Burkette families; and the extended church family.
Funeral services will be held 11:00 a. m., Saturday, July 14, 2012 at the High Hills Baptist Church, 6750 Meeting House Road, Dalzell, with the Rev. Dr. Ellie W. Palmer, pastor, presiding, the Rev. Dr. Willie D. Dennis, Sr., eulogist, assisted by the Rev. Donald Amis, Rev. Marie Sanders, and Rev. William Sanders.
The family will receive friends at her home 6770 Dinkins Mill Road, Rembert.
The remains will be placed in the church at 10:00 a. m.
The procession will leave from her home at 10:20 a. m.
Flower bearers will be nieces.
Pall bearers will be sons and grandsons.
Honorary flower bearers will be the Pastor’s Aide and The Missionaries of High Hills Baptist Church.
Burial will be in the High Hills Baptist Church Yard Cemetery, Dalzell.