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Celebrating the life of

Saralyn Souter Porter

Passed away on May 30, 2024

Saralyn Souter Porter

Saralyn Souter Porter, passed into eternal rest at home on May 30, 2024, after a courageous battle with Alzheimer’s.

Born in Charleston, SC, October 25, 1941, the daughter of Ruth Harvey and Hoyle Souter Sr., Saralyn is preceded in death by her mother, father and brother Hoyle Souter, Jr.

Saralyn attended Charles Ellis Elementary School, Savannah High School and the University of Georgia, BS, Mathematics, Cum Laude, Phi Betta Kappa, Phi Mu Epsilon and Alpha Delta Pi Sorority.

Saralyn also graduated from the University of North Carolina Asheville, BA in Art, Cum Laude and pursued graduate studies at Western Carolina University.  Additionally, Saralyn studied under the David Lund University of Georgia studies abroad program in Cortona, Italy and served as “Artist in Residence” with the program.

Saralyn was an Adjunct Faculty member of the UNC-Asheville Art Department, where she taught several coursed in art, including Basic Design, Inanimate Drawings I, II and III, Mixed Media, Oil and Pastel on Paper, Drawing II and III and Watercolor and Pastel.  She was an accomplished artist in her own right with a professional career that spanned over 20 years.  Saralyn presented a plethora of art exhibits, commissions, juried shows and numerous published Art Review Articles and Publications.  Saralyn was a past member of Trinity Episcopal Church in Asheville, NC, and involved in numerous community activities.

Saralyn is survived by her husband, James K. Porter; a son, Thomas L. Spradling IV (Sharon) of Greensboro, NC; a daughter, Elizabeth Brooks Flanders (Chris) of Asheville, NC; a grandson, Will Spradling; two granddaughters, Kegan Spradling and Harper Flanders.

A Memorial Service will be held Monday, June 3, 2024 at 3:00 p.m. at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Isle of Hope.  

In lieu of flowers, remembrances can be made to St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Hospice Savannah or the Alzheimer’s Association.



The Porters (Jim and Saralyn) were the first people to greet me in Savannah, a courtesy that perpetuated over the years. Indeed, there are few better ambassadors of a city or family. I am saddened to learn of her passing. While I am aware of her recent struggles, I will remember her as a kind and capable table conversationalist over many seafood dinners in Savannah, including my first. Always genuine. Always welcoming. Always positive. Always by Jim’s side. Thank you, Saralyn. Peace be with you.

- John Kennedy, Pooler, Georgia

I will always remember Saralyn as a warm, open, intelligent, and wonderful IOH neighbor. We had many good conversations when I walked by her house while she was enjoying her pretty yard. May she rest in peace.

- Lee Morgan, Savannah, GA

A beautiful artist that was a delight to be with. Loved her smiling eyes.

- DonnaMobley , Atlantic Beach , Florida 32233

Services under the direction of:

Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel