Former model and actress Kim Porter was laid to rest Saturday in Columbus GA

(Photo Credit: Maria Boynton/Entercom Atlanta)

Kim Porter Remembered as a Loving Mother, Friend, and Protector

Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms proclaims December 15 as "Kim Porter Day" in Atlanta

Maria Boynton
November 26, 2018 - 4:25 pm

Columbus, Georgia, is less than 2 hours southwest of Atlanta with a population of approximately 200,000. On Saturday, two days after Thanksgiving, many there paused to say 'goodbye' and 'thanks' to one of their own. Hundreds, of the more than 2500 attendees, stood in line for a chance to say a final 'farewell' to Kimberly Antwinette Porter.  Following the celebrity-filled service, Columbus residents lined the streets leading to the cemetery and witnessed fireworks bursting into the sky.

Kim Porter was laid to rest in her hometown of Columbus, GA on Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018
(Photo Credit: @MCT)

Kim Porter, the former model and actress, was laid to rest in a gold casket placed inside a temporary crypt. She lies next to her mother Sarah, who died 4 years ago. The younger Porter's funeral was held at Cascade Hills Church, which, with its theater-styled atmosphere, was filled to capacity. Porter was known too, as the longtime, on-again/off-again partner of Sean "Diddy" Combs. He was the father of 3 of Porter's 4 children. She was found dead on November 15 in her Los Angeles-area home. The cause of death has not been released.

The funeral program included Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, who announced that December 15 (Porter's birthday) would be "Kim Porter Day" in Atlanta. Congressman Sanford Bishop said that Porter's name would be issued into the Congressional Record, while State Representative Calvin Smyre presented a resolution recognizing Porter as an outstanding Georgian. Yolanda Adams, Faith Evans, and Marvin Winans sang during the service. 

Sean "Diddy" Combs called Porter "irreplaceable" and said she "taught me how to love."

"God one day I hope I can get me a girl like that", is what Combs said of the time that he first met Porter at Uptown Records. Diddy was working as an intern, Porter was a receptionist.  "I'd be so excited to come in, to know that I was going to see her." Combs went on to say, "I didnt' really know how to love."  He said that Porter broke down any shell that he put up. "She was my friend first, she was my confidant, she was my guidance, still is." Combs adding, "we fell in love. Her love was too much for me to handle."

A very poignant moment in the service was when Porter's oldest child Quincy became emotional, as he and adopted dad Diddy spoke.  Quincy 's father Al B Sure came onstage to console him. The three of them then embraced. Diddy vowed to protect the children, saying "I'll make sure they're at every family reunion."

Singer/songwriter Mary J. Blige called Porter "an angel."

Blige told the audience that Porter was the first person she saw when she walked into Uptown Records in 1991. "Being a tomboy, I never felt like I was pretty or glamorous, but I kinda knew what I wanted that to look like." Blige says when she saw Porter, " I was like that's what it should look like. That's what I would love to be. I would love to move like you. I would love to be friendly like you." Blige went on to say that she didn't know friendliness, and it made her nervous." I didn't know people were that beautiful. Kim was an angel. Angels don't stay that long. They have to go." Blige said that she got to know Porter in 2003, the year Blige wed her now-former husband Martin "Kendu" Isaacs. "That's when she became my friend. She was protective over me. She asked me was I ready." Blige said that Porter made her question herself a lot, and that Porter always protected her. "She protected us, and she's still protecting us", said Blige.

Producer Dallas Austin told the audience "God doesn't make mistakes."  

Austin said that he and Porter shared the goal of wanting to get out of Columbus, Georgia. Both wound up working for Andre Harrell at Uptown records in New York City. "I probably knew Kim longer than anyone in this room, other than her family." Austin added, "we went to school together. Her birthday was on December 15th. Mine was on the 29th. Our moms were pregnant at the same time." While they were attending Columbus High School, Austin said that he and Porter would listen to Prince over and over. " One day she said 'you're going to be a big music producer', and I said to her 'one day that big smile is going to make you a big model.' Austin added, "I definitely did not think that I'd ever be coming back to Columbus to do this. I definitely thought that she would out live all of us." He also said that he was proud of how Porter's children were handling her death, saying it allowed him to be strong.

Thousands said a final 'goodbye' to Kim Porter in Columbus, GA Saturday
(Photo Credit: Maria Boynton/Entercom Atlanta)

Sunday, the day after Porter's burial, a male cousin was visiting the gravesite, which was covered by withering florals. Emotional at times, he told me, "I come here all the time. I watch over Ms. Sarah. We go fishing together." The mother and daughter are buried near the lake at Evergreen Memorial Gardens in Columbus. He went on to say, "I'll now watch over Kim too. They were inseparable, and Kim's crypt is going to look just like Sarah's."

”In a statement released to the media Friday by the Porter, Goodwin, and Combs families, the 47 year old Porter was remembered as "a loving mother and devoted friend." It also said that "God broke the mold when he made Kim, there was truly no other woman like her. Although her time here on earth was far too short, she lived a life full of purpose and meaning."