Mr. Edward “Ed” Samuel Porter age 80 of McMinnville, TN, died Thursday, January 07, 2016. He was born July 11, 1935 in Old Hickory, TN, graduated with the class of 1958 from the University of Tennessee with a degree in Horticulture, was owner of Triangle Nursery, Inc., Tennessee State Commissioner of Agriculture under Governor Ray Blanton, a member of Warren Masonic Lodge #125, a Scottish Rite Mason and Shriner, Rotary Club Member and a Paul Harris Fellow and a member and deacon of First Baptist Church. Mr. Porter was preceded in death by parents Calvert Lake and Alice F. Russell Porter and sisters Helen (Ray) Menees, Lucy (Carl) Bryan, Jean Porter, and brother-in-law Barry Boster.
Mr. Porter served more than 50 years in the nursery industry, championing the causes and issues that kept the nursery industry strong and growing. He was past president, board member, Tennessee governor and lieutenant governor of ANLA. He also served as the chairman of the Legislative Committee for the Southern Nursery Association, member and president of the Tennessee Nursery and Landscape Association. An accomplishment of his dedication to the industry is the establishment of the Tennessee State University Nursery Crops Research Station. The Tennessee Department of Agriculture named its diagnostics laboratory building after him, The Edward S. Porter Animal Industries Building. In July of this year, the Southern Nursery Association (SNA) bestowed him with honorary membership for his years of dedication to the association and the horticulture industry.
Survivors include his wife of 59 years Paula Porter, daughters Kim Porter (Sgt. Larry Williams), Greta Minton (Rickey), and Andrea Porter, grandchildren Julia Compton (Matt), Jacob Hicks, Zachary Minton (Kati), Wesley Minton (Victoria), Allie Burke (Boomer), Kaci Woodlee (Justin), and Will Lupo, and great grandchildren Lake Minton, Cavin Compton, Brock Compton, and Paxton Burke, and sister-in-law Judy Boster. Several nieces, nephews and their children also survive.
Funeral service will be 1 PM Saturday, January 09, 2016, in the McMinnville Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Mark Karki and Rev. Bo Hendrix will officiate. Interment will follow at Gardens of Memory Cemetery. The Porter Family will receive friends Friday from 4 PM until 8 PM and again Saturday from 11 AM until 1 PM at the parlors of McMinnville Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church Youth Department, St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, or to the Alzheimer’s Association.
Online condolences may be made at www.mcminnvillefuneralhome.com. A 24-Hour Obituary information Line is available (931-473-5700). McMinnville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements (931-473-6606).