Alan Miller Porter

February 28, 1933 - January 9, 2023
Alan Miller Porter

Alan Porter, loving husband, father, grandfather, musician and mentor, passed away peacefully in Wilmington, NC on Monday, January 9, 2023 after a lifetime of spreading the joy of music. Born on February 28, 1933 in McKeesport, PA to William Bruce Porter and Cornelia Boggs Miller, he grew up singing with his siblings and went on to spend his life making music with community and professional performing groups. He truly loved and lived music!

After high school he served in the Air Force for four years and then performed for several seasons with the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera. He enrolled at Mount Union College in Alliance, OH in 1957 to major in music where he received his Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, in 1961. He then attended the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana where he earned a Master of Music degree in vocal performance with performance honors. He met his future wife, Elaine, as an undergraduate, and they were married in 1961. They lived in Champaign-Urbana for two years and then moved to Fayetteville, NC where he began his 45-year career at Methodist University as a professor of music. At Methodist Alan served as Head of the Music Department and Director of the Division of Fine Arts. His role in the community was noteworthy as a tenor soloist, church choir director at Hay Street United Methodist Church, as well as within the musical theater community with Cape Fear Regional Theater, Fort Bragg Playhouse, and Circa Productions. He founded and directed the Community Chorus in Fayetteville, and later the Cumberland Oratorio Singers. Upon his retirement from Methodist University in 1998, he and Elaine moved to Kure Beach, NC where he directed the Wilmington Choral Society for nine years. He was a member of Carolina Beach Presbyterian Church and the American Guild of Organists for church musicians. In March 2017, Alan was inducted into The Fayetteville Music Hall of Fame. He entered Trinity Grove’s senior care facility in Wilmington, NC in April 2019.

Alan is survived by his wife Elaine, his two sons, Greg (wife Susanna Vennerbeck) of Stow, MA, and David (wife Crystal) of Atlanta, GA, three grandchildren, Cameron Porter, Jude Porter, and Alessandra Porter, his sister Gayle Svec of North Huntingdon, PA, and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at Carolina Beach Presbyterian Church, 2 pm Saturday,  February 11, 2023.

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In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Carolina Beach Presbyterian Church or the Department of Music at Methodist University in Fayetteville, NC.

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  • January 25, 2023
    Rev David C Wade says:
    My thoughts prayers and sympathy are with you and your family! Sincerely, Rev David C and Cindy Wade, Wilmington NC((I was in your French Literature Class in the fall of 1977. I transferred from Brevard Colege to Methodist in fall , 1977.)

  • January 21, 2023
    Brenda Teal Bullard posted an image:
    Pictured are: Brenda Teal Bullard, Jan Cranford Kennedy with Alan and Elaine.
    Pictured are: Brenda Teal Bullard, Jan Cranford Kennedy with Alan and Elaine.

  • January 20, 2023
    Brenda Teal Bullard says:
    My most fondest memories at Methodist College(1964-1968) were being a music major, which meant I got to be in the music building most of the day, & ending with MC Chorus, directed by Alan Porter. Such a talented and inspiring person he was to me and other students. Even now when singing in choirs, I think of how Mr. Porter would have directed this. Sure haven’t found many musicians to compare to him as sharing his love of music thru his beautiful tenor voice, & gentleness as a teacher of the arts. I am still honored to be able to hear him, at my wedding to Charles Bullard, singing on a preserved recording at Hay St. UM Church. Both of us send condolences to Elaine & family, knowing that Heaven is blessed with a director of Angels ! Peace & Comfort to all Brenda Teal Bullard

  • January 17, 2023
    Teresa Zahran Vaught says:
    Elaine, I am so very sorrytolearn of Alan's passing. He was a kind, gentle man who loved music and was devoted to his family. The many students who were privileged to work with him through the years have much to be thankful for. I will always remember the many special times you and Alan spent with my family. So glad I was able to spend time with you both before we moved to the mountains. Heaven has a very special angel singing the Mozart Requiem! My prayers are with you and your family in hopes you will find God's comfort as you mourn. Love Teresa

  • January 17, 2023
    William Weisser says:
    May Choirs of Angels Sing Him Home