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Woodford Porter Sr. remembered as an educator, businessman, and loving citizen of Metro Louisville

Tuesday August 1, 2006

Majority Caucus
Louisville Metro Council
For More Information Contact:
Tony Hyatt: 574-4137/ 526-3622
For Immediate release:

Louisville – In his 87 years, Woodford Porter Sr. was a major influence in the lives of many people and he is being remembered as someone who truly cared for young people and education.

Mr. Porter passed away this past Sunday.

“He was an inspiration and an example for all of us,” said Councilman George Unseld (D) 6. “He was a model for all citizens of this city, not only as a businessman but as a human being.”

Porter was the owner of A.D. Porter and Sons Funeral Home. He was the first African American President of the Louisville School Board of Education. He was also chairman of the University of Louisville’s Board of Trustees.

“When I think of him I always think about education,” said Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin (D) 2. “Educating young people has always been a priority for me and it was the same for him as well.”

“Woodford Porter, Sr. was a pillar in our community, .providing leadership to our city as a business and civic leader,” Said Councilman David Tandy (D) 4. “Mr. Porter will be sorely missed, but his legacy shall remain with us for many years to come.”

Porter is also being remembered as someone who knew the importance of family.

“He was a devoted family man,” said Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton (D) 5. “But he may have considered other part of his extended family. He was always helping young people pursue their education. It will be sometime before we see a person of his caliber and concern for others.

Still other Council members remember Woodford Porter Sr. as a man who showed everyone how important being part of a community can be when helping others.

“He was a stalwart in this city,” said Councilwoman Mary C. Woolridge (D) 3. “His arms stretched beyond normal boundaries when it came to helping young people. But more importantly he passed on a legacy of giving back to the community on to his family.”

“He was definitely a community icon and was a positive influence not only for African Americans but for all of us,” said Councilman Leonard Watkins (D) 1. “He will surely be missed.”

Visitation for Woodford Porter Sr. will be from 1:00pm to 6:00pm on Thursday August 3rd at A.D. Porter &Sons Funeral Home, 1300 West Chestnut Street.

Leonard Watkins (D) 1
Barbara Shanklin (D) 2
Mary C. Woolridge (D) 3
David Tandy (D) 4
Cheri Bryant Hamilton (D) 5
George Unseld (D) 6