Bishop Brandon B. Porter reflects on the life of his mother, COGIC Supervisor Ida “Maddie” Bell Flagg Porter. (Photo: Tyrone P. Easley)

As the life of COGIC Supervisor Ida “Maddie” Bell Flagg Porter was celebrated last Saturday (Feb. 13) at Memorial Park, her son, Bishop Brandon B. Porter, delivered the homegoing message.

Those in attendance had in hand a synopsis of her life story, which was titled “A beautiful life.”

Born Sept. 25, 1927, she died Feb. 3.

The widow of Bishop W.L. Porter, who was the founder of Greater Temple COGIC and organizer of Tennessee Central Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction, Mrs. Porter was remembered as “a woman whom God equipped with knowledge, wisdom, understanding and compassion to minister to the needs of society.”

In 1971, she and her husband founded Community Projects Daycare Center. It was the largest, privately-owned daycare in Memphis and was licensed to serve 250-plus children.

She was known as “Mother Porter” because “she exuded love and drew the respect that an ideal mother should.”

“Mother Porter” leaves a sister, Elvie “Chick” Owens; two sons, Bishop Brandon B. Porter (Melody) and Dale Porter; a daughter, Evangelist Vivian Renita Porter-McBride; god-daughters Mary Darden Glass and Curtis Joy; grandsons Dalebert Porter, Melvin McBride, Ronald Porter Sr., Keith Porter and Brandon Porter II, Bryson Porter (Kristen); granddaughters Torri Porter and newborn Braxton IdaMarie Porter and a host of other relatives and friends.