Edward “Ed” Samuel Porter, 80, of McMinnville died Thursday, Jan. 7.
He was born July 11, 1935 in Old Hickory and graduated with the class of 1958 from the University of Tennessee with a degree in horticulture, was owner of Triangle Nursery, Tennessee State Commissioner of Agriculture under Gov. Ray Blanton, a member of Warren Masonic Lodge No. 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; 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.
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; 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 was held Saturday at McMinnville Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Mark Karki and Rev. Bo Hendrix officiated. Interment followed at Gardens of Memory Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church Youth Department, St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, the Tennessee Baptist Disaster Relief Fund or to the Alzheimer’s Association. Online condolences may be made at www.mcminnvillefuneralhome.com.
McMinnville Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.