Kim Porter passed away on November 15 in her Toluca Lake, California home. She was only 47 years old and although the cause of death has not been confirmed, she was reportedly receiving treatment for pneumonia and went into cardiac arrest. Her service is being planned and the homegoing will take place at a Black-owned funeral home.
The funeral is in her hometown of Columbus, Georgia. The service will be held at Charles E. Huff International Funeral Home, according to Ledger-Inquirer. The business was founded by Charles E. Huff, Sr., who passed away in 1992 and Malinda Hudson Huff who passed away in 2000. It opened in 1951 as International Funeral Home and was renamed Charles E. Huff International Funeral Home in 1981.
Its website reads, “The legacy they created for their children and grandchildren continues to live on.”
Columbus, Georgia has a long history of upward mobility. Back in 2015, Ledger-Inquirer reported several Black pioneers came from the city: “Dr. Thomas H. Brewer Sr., a physician and civil rights leader assassinated in 1956; Mildred L. Terry, the city’s first black public librarian; Charles E. Huff Sr., a prominent funeral director; John L. Sconiers Sr., founder of the first and only black bank in Columbus; the Rev. Thomas W. Smith, the first president of the local National Association for the Advancement of Colored People; and John Henrik Clarke, an internationally renowned educator and historian.”
Kim Porter clearly came from greatness. Her service is scheduled for this Saturday.
Rest in peace.