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FAMU NAA Mourns the Loss of Lt. Col. Robert E. Porter

Thursday, September 3, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Artisha Polk
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The FAMU National Alumni Association, Inc. (FAMU NAA) mourns the loss of a Fallen Rattler, Lieutenant Colonel (Ret.) Robert “Bob” Eugene Porter


Lt. Col. Porter was born in Chicago, Illinois on November 7, 1931 to Harry E. and Daisy L. Porter. He graduated third in his class from DuSable High School where he was a member of the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) and the high school band.

After high school, Lieutenant Colonel Porter attended Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) in Tallahassee, Florida where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Sociology. His extra-curricular activities included playing the French horn and attaining the position of Rank Sergeant in the world-renowned Marching “100” as well as a section leader in the Symphonic Band. He also continued his military training by serving as a Cadet Officer in the Senior Reserve Officers Training Corps (SROTC) Program.

Lt. Col. Porter was a dedicated and active member of the J.R.E. Lee Chapter in Jacksonville, Florida. He was a life member of the FAMU National Alumni Association (FAMU NAA) and has served the alumni association very well in many leadership capacities over the decades. From 2010 to approximately 2017, Lt. Col. Porter served as the FAMU NAA National Sergeant-at-Arms. Prior to then, Lt. Col. Porter served as FAMU NAA First Vice President (1998 – 2003), Southeastern Regional Vice President (1989 – 1995), and Vice President (1986 – 1988). In addition, Florida A&M University recognized and honored him for his many accomplishments. He was a 1997 FAMU Distinguished Alumni Award honoree for his service in the military and was one of the 125 Outstanding FAMUANS honored during the Florida A&M University Quasquicentennial Celebration in 2012.

Lieutenant Colonel Robert Eugene Porter went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, August 27, 2020 and was predeceased by his father, Mr. Harry E. Porter, and mother, Mrs. Daisy Hill Porter.

Lt. Col. Porter leaves to cherish his life, his loving and devoted wife, Dr. Josephine Hall Fiveash Porter; daughter, Mrs. Lorraine Hartmann (Michael), Belgium, Wisconsin; grandson, Mr. Justin Crawford (Savannah), Milwaukee, Wisconsin; granddaughter; Ms. Ashley Fox, St. Paul, Minnesota; great-grandchildren Ms. Jamie Crawford, Ms. Winter Crawford, Larenz Euford, Justin Crawford II, Austin Crawford, and London Crawford, all residing in Milwaukee, Wisconsin; great-great granddaughter, Ka’yanni Brooks, also from Milwaukee; sister-in-law Mrs. Helen Hall Norman; devoted niece and nephew, Dr. Cynthia Hall and Mr. Maurice Waye (Sonya); and a host of loving, supportive, devoted, and caring relatives, organizational brothers, and friends.

Lt. Col. Porter will be missed dearly by the FAMUly. He was a humble servant who is admired and loved by Rattlers throughout the Nation. “Well done, good and faithful servant!” (Matthew 25:23)


~ Visitation ~
Thursday, September 3, 2020 
Funerals by T.S. Warden - Samuel C. Rogers, Jr. Memorial Chapel
4315 N Main St
Jacksonville, FL 32206
5 – 7 p.m.


~ Celebration of Life ~
Friday, September 4, 2020 
The Bethel Church
215 Bethel Baptist St. 
Jacksonville, FL 32202
11 a.m.

Capacity: 150 people


Click on the links below to read additional details about the life and legacy of Lt. Col. Robert Porter. Col.ol-robert-porter/4316318/index.php

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