Sally Elizabeth Porter went to her Heavenly home on February 1, 2020 surrounded by her family.
Sally was born on May 16, 1960 in Chicago, Illinois and resided in Madison, MS. She worked for 22 years at Hinds Community College as a culinary teacher and Hinds Hero. 
Sally, also known as Chef, was passionate about her students and helping them inside and outside the classroom. She was magnetic - people were drawn to her. She loved gardening, people and plants. She always had weeds around but only saw beautiful flowers emerging. She saw beauty in everything.
Sally is survived by her husband Kemper Porter and her daughter Madeline Porter. She was preceded in death by her parents Tom and Sue and sister Carrie. 

Celebration of Life Services will be held at Vertical Church in Madison, MS on Monday, February 10th at 6PM.

In lieu of flowers to honor Sally's wishes, donations can be made in her Memory to Reshma's Home, an organization that rescues girls out of the sex trade in Bangaldesh. You can donate here-->   www.reshmashome.org 


Posted by Donna Normand Barnett on February 12, 2020
There are no words that can fully describe Chef and her contributions to so many students, friends and family.

She always, always had time for those in need. She was firm, strong and funny. She taught with a passion and a love of life and food. She made each and every student feel like we personally could change the world. 

Chef saw beauty in the thorns and potential in those the world had forgotten. Under her tutelage, I was able to turn my broken world around.

I will forever be grateful for the time I spent as one of her students and forever one of her friends.

Much love to her family....thank you for sharing her with us.
Posted by Jarrett Brown on February 11, 2020
RIP Chef! You will be missed!
Posted by Nicole Travis on February 11, 2020
Chef you was a very strong and inspiring woman you wore your armor strong .. we have had some good conversation... may your soul rest easy...love you ..always apart of the eagles at hinds
Posted by Kneedra Bell on February 9, 2020
I attended Hinds Community College where Chef Sally Porter was my Culinary Arts Instructor.

Chef Porter nurtured my passion and quieted my fears. In the classroom and lab, the ideas and opinions of me and my classmates were always valued by Chef Porter. We felt safe to express our feelings and learned to respect and listen to each other because Chef Porter showed us so much respect. She created a learning environment that was welcoming to all her students (previous and current students).

The mutual respect in Chef Porter’s classroom/lab provided us with a supportive, collaborative environment. We became a “culinary family,” that we referred to as “fam.” In our fam, there were rules to follow and jobs to be done and each one of us students were aware of how important we were and the integral roles we had in the fam’s success. Chef Porter let us know that we could not only depend on her, but also on our entire class. We all had each other’s backs. Chef Porter is a great teacher that created a sense of community, family, and belonging in the classroom/lab.

Chef Porter was so approachable, not only to us students, but to everyone on campus. Chef Porter was a compassionate teacher to whom students knew that they could go to with any problems or concerns (the good, the bad, and the ugly). Chef Porter is an amazing teacher that possessed exceptionally good listening skills and she took time out of her super busy schedule for anyone who needed her. If Chef Porter was having a bad day, no one ever knew it because she never complained. Chef Porter was a warm teacher that was always accessible, enthusiastic and caring.

Chef Porter realized that what she expected from us students affected our achievement level in life. She gave us her all, and she expected that we give her our best effort in return. Chef Porter is a wonderful teacher because she sets high expectations for all of us students.

Chef Porter is a cornucopia of professional knowledge. Chef Porter had this burning desire to provide us students with the highest quality of educational information as possible. She taught us to not be afraid of experiencing new tastes and textures as well as incorporating foreign and domestic cooking techniques to be successful chefs. Chef Porter was always willing to share her knowledge with everyone. Chef Porter is an excellent teacher because she has such a passionate love of learning that inspired us students to be educated with more than just the course material with field trips to restaurants, grocery stores, and vendor warehouses.

Chef Porter was such an effective teacher because she emphasized shared decision making and teamwork. She conveyed an enormous sense of leadership to us students by giving us chances to assume leadership roles like being kitchen managers and assistant managers. Chef Porter is the very best because she is a skilled leader.

Chef Porter was constantly assessing her teaching throughout the lessons and always asked us students our opinion on ways to improve her teaching methods to help us learn better. She wanted to find new or better ways to present material to us to make sure that we all really understood what we were reading and what we were doing. Chef Porter is an awesome teacher because she could switch gears and was so flexible when a lesson wasn’t working for us or we were having difficulty grasping the concept(s).

Chef Porter’s communication skills were extraordinary. We had a powerful respect for Chef Porter because of her professionalism. Chef Porter is a fabulous teacher because she maintained a professional manner in all areas, from her personal appearance, her organizational skills and her attention to detail.

Teaching is a gift that seems to be quite natural for Chef Porter. It is because of those many qualities in which Chef Porter has that makes her more to me than just my teacher, she was also an architect that created that solid foundation for my successful life’s journey in Culinary Arts. She worked tirelessly to inspire me, and my classmates, to perform to a very high level. She showed us everything we needed to know about Culinary Arts. I look up to Chef Porter as a role model. She is the embodiment of everything I aspire to be when I become a Culinary Arts teacher. Her love for us students showed in everything she said and did. Chef Porter is truly such an incredible person that I feel blessed to have learned from and the memories I have made in her class/lab are ones that have left an indelible mark forever in my heart. I Love You Chef Porter Always and Forever.
Posted by Beth Marchen on February 9, 2020
I loved my great high school friend, Sally. She was such a good friend! I was so sad that we fell out of touch for a very long time and then we found each other again! We got to see each other and have some long talks when we united for a class reunion a few years ago and Cindy and I were talking about heading East to visit her....wish we'd already gone! I can't believe she is gone, but I pray she is at peace, at rest, pain and cancer free!
Posted by Amy Higginbotham on February 9, 2020
I was honored to know Sally. Her smile was contagious. Never one to shy away from difficulty, I saw her fight for every minute. She said to me once, “this will kill me, but it won’t take my life”. I am so inspired by her and the imprint she left on my heart. While my heart breaks for Madeline and Kemper, I take solice knowing there is no more suffering for her. My prayers are with the ones left behind. Keep on keeping on precious friend!
Posted by Nicholas Thomas on February 9, 2020
Rest easy Chef! You have forever put a mark on my life that I will never forget. I was at a low point in life and you showed me a gift that I already had. Thank you, Chef Porter
Posted by Nichole Brown on February 9, 2020
Chef Porter, I wouldn't be where I am today if it wasn't for you. You taught me so much. You helped me turn my dreams into reality and I am forever thankful for your guidance, wisdom, and knowledge. You will be greatly missed but I'm glad you're at peace.
Posted by Phyllis Beisecker on February 6, 2020
My beautiful, forever in my heart, best friend, sister, sometimes daughter. I am missing you so much. I would love to have one more day with you sharing stories, love, laughter, joy, & inspiration. To remind you of our loving bond, and all we have shared, and how you are loved by all who a had ever met you. You once told me that I was tiny but when I walked in a room I took up all the space; I feel the same about you. Now your spirit and energy occupy unlimited space and love.
On a lighter side a couple of quotes that you shared with me as gifts, “You’ll ALWAYS Be My BEST FRIEND.. You know TOO MUCH”. Another is a bit more inspirational “The Impossible Dream ISN’T”. I am afraid this time it is. What is impossible is to forget the beautiful joy filled memories of you! Your courage and acceptance of what was to be are an inspiration to all.
I Love and miss you forever and always!
Posted by Mark Beisecker on February 5, 2020
Phyllis and I just learned of the passing of our dear friend Sally.

Heaven has truly gained another Angel who touched many lives in such a positive way. Her shining star has dimmed, but her bright light of love are within us all in the memories we each shared with her.

Rest well Sally, you deserve it. Our love to Kemper & Madeline.
Posted by Claressa Wilkins on February 5, 2020
Chef Porter will be loved and truly missed. I had chance to be one of her students at Hinds Community College. Every time I saw Chef Porter she always had a smile on her face. She had an unique spirit that touched many people and her presence always lit up a room when she entered. She always made time for anyone who needed help with anything. Chef Porter have a special place in my heart and I will always carry the memories I have of her every where I go. Chef Porter will always be the best teacher ever!!!!!!!
Posted by Doris Lewis on February 4, 2020
Sorry for your loss and praying for your Family, but so happy to have known such a great Chef ‍ who always gave me a smile whenever we crossed path. As a retiree of Hinds-Jackson Campus, I worked and shared many great meals with Sally for almost 20 years, I will truly miss her presence on this side, may God bless her Family.
Posted by Vicki Colbert on February 4, 2020
There will never be enough words to describe this magnificent woman God graced us (students) with. The knowledge and will power she instilled and gave for many years have spreaded abroad. Just like Abraham, she will always be the mother of culinary. Thanks for winning the battle of cancer. To the wonderful family, thank you for sharing chef with us.

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Posted by Donna Normand Barnett on February 12, 2020
There are no words that can fully describe Chef and her contributions to so many students, friends and family.

She always, always had time for those in need. She was firm, strong and funny. She taught with a passion and a love of life and food. She made each and every student feel like we personally could change the world. 

Chef saw beauty in the thorns and potential in those the world had forgotten. Under her tutelage, I was able to turn my broken world around.

I will forever be grateful for the time I spent as one of her students and forever one of her friends.

Much love to her family....thank you for sharing her with us.
Posted by Jarrett Brown on February 11, 2020
RIP Chef! You will be missed!
Posted by Nicole Travis on February 11, 2020
Chef you was a very strong and inspiring woman you wore your armor strong .. we have had some good conversation... may your soul rest easy...love you ..always apart of the eagles at hinds
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Chef Porter

Shared by Southeastern Architectura... on February 9, 2020
Make your own ketchup! Ketchup wasn’t allowed in her kitchen, unless it was homemade. I had a great grandmother, who on her deathbed requested cheese cake. It was Chef Porter’s recipe that I baked, Mother Anne was quite impressed. She inspired a love of cooking in me that still burns brightly. I made many friends in her class that I spend time with to this day. She will be dearly missed. Very few stars shine as bright or leave such a lasting impression as she did. I will remember you fondly Chef. Sorry I burned your hand with that blueberry compote. 
Sincerely,
-Thomas Price

A great Instrutor and wonderful person

Shared by Claressa Wilkins on February 4, 2020
Chef Porter was a great instructor. She was a wonderful person and a true inspiration to all her students at Hinds Community College. I'm glad I had the chance to be one of the many students she touched in life. She was a warrior, a fighter, and loving person. I will always carry Chef Porter in my heart and will always have great memories of the most awesome teacher. The last conversation we had she told me I was a great student that made me smile and left a warm feeling in my heart. I send my prayers & condolences to Chef Porter's family she will be missed and loved by many

Always a pleasure

Shared by Dina Ray on February 4, 2020
I have many wonderful memories of working with Sally at Viking Cooking School.  She was so much fun to work with and made the time pass quickly.  I always learned something from her, no matter what the topic we were teaching that day, Sally was full of interesting knowledge.  I saw her last summer at MS Sports Medicine and she looked pretty good.  She said “let’s get together soon” and I really regret that we never did.  RIP Sally.  We will all miss you.  Praying for Sally’s family