Rosa Elizabeth Porter

Sunrise: August 15, 1935

Sunset: January 29, 2019

Rosa Elizabeth Porter (Rose) was born August 15, 1935 to Johnnie A. Hill and Leola Walston and raised by Johnnie and Hannah Hill in the West Norfolk area of VA.

Rosa attended Norfolk County High School and graduated in 1954. Later, she moved to Bronx, NY and married James C. Porter. She had two sons and one daughter.  The family moved to Portsmouth, VA where she worked for several years in food service at Manor High School.  She became a dietitian for Sentara Nursing facility and later moved on to work at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard and retired.

Rose started her Christian walk at West Norfolk Baptist Church and moved her membership to Grove Baptist Church. While at Grove Baptist, she was a member of the Missionary Minister, a volunteer and worked with the Senior Fun Friday Committee.

She was predeceased by her husband, James C. Porter; father, Johnnie A. Hill; mother, Leola Walston, Step-Mother Hannah Hill; her brother, John Hill and sister, Queenie Reed.

She leaves to cherish her memories, Eric C. Porter (Selina), Matrovis Porter (Michelle), James C. Porter, Jr. (Rhonda (deceased)), Robert Porter D. Porter, Karen J. Darden, Clinton Mack (Vanessa), sister in law, Eula Porter and a host of grandchildren, great grandchildren and special fried, Edith Brothers, Missouri Sheperd and Dorothy Bullock.

Viewing Sunday, February 3, 2019 3:00pm-5:00pm Metropolitan Funeral Service 5605 Portsmouth Boulevard Portsmouth, VA 23701 Service Monday, February 4, 2019 11:00am Grove Baptist Church 5910 W. Norfolk Road Portsmouth, VA 23703

Send Flowers


  1. reply
    Steve and Martha Langdon says

    Dear Karen…
    There are no words to express the incredible sadness we feel over
    the loss of your Mom. She meant the world to us and we loved her so much. We are so lucky that she touched our lives. We are praying for you and your family in this difficult time.
    We love you…
    Steve and Martha

    • reply
      Karen Darden says

      Thank you for your support and prayers. You mean the world to my family.

  2. reply
    Beverly says

    Dear Karen
    There is no words I can Express for the overwhelming sadness of the loss of your Mom. Your Mom was such a beautiful person. She meant the world to me and my children. We are praying for you and your family. We love you .

  3. reply
    Linda Darden-Mateen says

    Dear Karen, James and I will like to express our sincere condolences and express our deepest sympathies at the loss of your mom. She was well loved and was “grandma Porter ” to our children. Praying that God will give you and the family the strength, comfort, and peace to make it through this difficult time. Love always, James and Linda Mateen

  4. reply
    Virdie Hallums says

    To the Porter family,
    I met Mrs . Porter at Grove Church while visiting my daughter. She greeted me with a beautiful smile and a warm handshake I was looking forward on this visit to see her today at church (Feb 3). No ideal that she had passed. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with your family. She’s gone, but not forgotten.

  5. reply
    Kevin R. Slaughter says

    To Karen, Eric & Matrovis

    I was saddened to hear the news this evening from my brother Ken that your mother passed away. On behalf of my wife Dana and daughter Sydney, we extend our deepest sympathies to your family. Your mom was one of the finest people I’ve ever had the honor to know. She was always kind to us and definitely kept us in line when we were kids. Some of my best times growing up were spent hanging out at the Porter’s house. I’ll always remember those days and the role your mom played in all of our lives in making us the people we are today. May God bless you and your family.

  6. reply
    Ken l Slaughter says

    To Erice and Karen
    From: Ken slaughter and as well as the Slaughter family Kevin Karen Eula slaughter we give our sincere condolence to you and yours Ms Porter was like second mom to all us guys growing up in the neighborhood she will truly be missed

  7. reply
    Nancy Bell says

    Karen I am so sorry that Moma Rose is gone. She was such a support to me when I battled cancer. Her words of encouragement, smile, warm hugs, and visit lifted my spirits. It is hard to believe that she has lost her battle. But we know she has won the war here on earth and is now with her heavenly Father. I will always love and miss her. My prayers are with you and your family. I love you, Nancy

  8. reply
    Tracie and George Banks/ May Smith says

    We the Banks family was saddened to hear of your loss. She was such a great person and she will be missed. She was like the mother of the community. She always greeted you with a smile and a warm hello. She will be truly missed. Our prayers will continue to be with you and your family.
    the Banks Family

  9. reply
    Krystal & Tee says

    To Mrs. Karan, Twon, Angel and Kiah,
    I’m so sorry for your loss. Mrs. Porter was such a lovely lady. I always use to see her at Grove. She had such a beautiful spirit. She was an Angel down here but God saw fit for her to be an Angel up their. I will continue to pray for you all because it will be hard right now but just stop and thinknnack on all your good times. They will never go away.

Leave a Reply


Personal Service, Peace of Mind, Pleasant Memories

P 757.628.1000 • F 757.545.9148

© 2018 Metropolitan Funeral Service