Carolyn Jo Kelley Porter, 83, died peacefully with family by her side on Saturday, June 13, 2020 in Dumas.
She was born on May 7, 1937 in Sheridan to the late Walter Wright Kelley and Lucille McCool Kelley
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, D.O. Porter III.
She is survived by her loving sons, Wright (Rachel) and David (Marion); her grandchildren, Jonathon, Samantha, Sabrina, and Stephanie Porter; a sister, Marilyn Kelley Vandegrift; her chosen family, Lynn and Romona Weatherford, Martin and Linda Walt, David and Susan Walt, and Harold and Genee Farmer.
Carolyn was an active member of the First United Methodist Church of Dumas where she was the church music director for 17 years and helped create the children’s choir in 1969. She began teaching at Dumas High School in 1975 and worked as a yearbook and journalism sponsor for 15 years. She was a mother to all her students, and to many friends.
Carolyn was deeply independent and always active in the betterment of her beloved community. She helped establish the Dumas Community Theatre where she directed and was actress in many plays. She served on Dumas City Council and was the president of the Dumas Chamber of Commerce. Carolyn was named the Dumas Woman of the Year in 1977 and was Ding Dong Mama in 1991. She was a member of the Desha County Historical Society, the Delta Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, and was Teacher of the Year at Dumas High School in 1992 and 1994.
To be loved by Carolyn was a great and lasting gift. Her heart belonged wholly to service, to her family, and to her church.
A private graveside service will be held at Leek Cemetery in Star City on Tuesday, June 16, with Dr. Tandy Hanson and Dr. Hammett Evans officiating. Arrangements by Griffin Funeral Home of Dumas.
A public memorial and tribute will be held at the First United Methodist Church of Dumas at a later date.
Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church, Music Dept., 230 Court St., Dumas, AR 71639.