Caraway, Sr., Porter Myers


If you wanted to paint the picture of a United Methodist minister and show in him the heart of a pastor, a genuine concern for people, and unconditional devotion to the church, a twinkling eye, a warm smile, a contagious sense of humor, the preacher’s love of a good story, an untiring commitment “to wear out rather than rust out”, a tender family man, one admired and respected by his parishioners and his co-workers….you could paint the picture of the Reverend Porter Myers Caraway, Sr. Brother Caraway was all that and much, much more.
Porter Caraway, a native of Westville, Mississippi, began his ministry after service in the U.S. Navy in World War I in the Methodist Church in Sicily Island in 1919 and continued his pastoral career in other Louisiana as well as churches in Meridan and Gulfport, Mississippi, Roswell, New Mexico, and Commerce and Harlingen, Texas.
A graduate of Whitworth and Millsaps Colleges in Mississippi, the Reverend Caraway first moved to Shreveport in 1941 when he was appointed minister at Mangum Memorial Methodist Church. Following other appointments at other Louisiana churches, he returned to Shreveport in 1956 after his retirement from the active ministry.
Brother Caraway subsequently served as pastor of visitation at Broadmoor United Methodist Church, as chaplain of Confederate Memorial Medical Center for seven years, and as a teacher of the Four Square Bible Class.
His last ten years before his final retirement, Brother Caraway was on the staff of First United Methodist Church of Shreveport as the minister to older adults.
The funeral service for Reverend Caraway was held at First United Methodist Church in Shreveport, Louisiana on Tuesday afternoon, May 15, 1979. Bishop Kenneth Shamblin, District Superintendent Dr. Harvey Williamson, Pastors Dr. D. L. Dykes, Jr. and Reverend Jim Moore led the meaningful memorial service. Reverend Porter Caraway is survived by his devoted wife of 59 years, Minnie Merle Youngblood Caraway; two daughters, Mantha Rose King of Shreveport and LuNell White of Beaumont, Texas; three sons, Porter M. Caraway, Jr. of Shreveport, and Dr. James Caraway and the Reverend Stone Caraway, both of Monroe; four sisters, Mary McKie of Jackson, Mississippi, Nanabel Burnworth of Roswell, New Mexico, Mrs. Louie Guess of Brookhaven, Mississippi, and Mrs. Marie Maxwell of Raymond, Missippi, two brothers,
George P. Caraway of Roswell, New Mexico and State Senator W. J. Caraway of Jackson, Mississippi; 11 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren
It was fitting that his memorial service was concluded with the Doxology for that was the tone of his life and the heritage he passes on to us…the spirit of thanksgiving. We shall miss him.
Source: Ref: Journal La Conf UMC 1979, p. 179 By Jim Moore

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