Source: Unknown Newspaper Clipping
provided by Robert N. Stokes, gg grandson

Bryant PORCH

PORCH - Bryan Porch was born April 5, 1831, in Meriwether County, Ga: died April 14, 1909, aged 78 years and 9 days. He married Miss Sarah Ann Kennedy in Tallapoosa County, Ala. January 29, 1852. His wife died May 27, 1906 giving them 54 years, 8 months and 28 days in the happy association of each other. To this union there were twelve children - seven living - all of whom are married and have families. There are twenty-four grandchildren living and six dead, eleven great-grandchildren living and one dead. Brother Porch became a member of Methodist Episcopal Church more than sixty years ago, and lived a consistent, active Christian life. He was one of those men who never forgot his pastor, but always remembered him in a substantial way unknown and unannounced to members of his family and the other brethren, but in a manner of substantial knowledge to his pastor. His left hand knew not the deeds of his right. He served his country during the Civil War as a soldier of the Confederacy with marked bravery. Came to West Texas twenty-three years ago, where he accumulated considerable property and used of his means liberally in the support of the gospel and the building of church houses. He was one of the leaders in the building of the Midway Church ten years ago. The building was wrecked by a storm five years ago. This church house had to be torn down and rebuilt; was reopened April 4. Brother Porch was one of the most liberal supporters in the movement, and at its completion he said to his pastor: "It is done; my time is now short, and when the summons comes I'll go quickly." The summons came in less than two weeks and he went happily to the enjoyment of his reward so earnestly labored and prayed for. He was a member of Atoka Lodge A. F. and A. M., active and conscientious in his obligations to his brethren. Brother Porch had a strength of character that made him a man of influence in the community and a power in his church. He loved God, he loved his Church and he loved his fellow man. His was always the word of cheer and especially so to the young men in his community. Let us hope that the silenced tones of his voice may still ring in the ears of those who loved and admired him, though he be dead, but that he may yet live to influence for good. He was buried in Midway Cemetery, Coleman County, Texas.

HENRY F. BROOKS, Pastor, Talpa, Texas

Birth:  5 April 1831 Meriwether County, Georgia
Death: 14 April 1909
Burial: Midway Cemetery, Coleman County, Texas
Wife: Sarah Canada Porch
Marriage: 29 January 1852, Tallapoosa County, Alabama
Parents: Sherrod Porch & Celia Buce

Participated in the Civil War with
Company H, 47th Alabama Infantry Regiment.

View his obituary clipping

Further information can be found at Tallapoosa County Connections