Friends call WW II veteran Claude Porter "A real life hero" - - Jackson, MS

Friends call WW II veteran Claude Porter "A real life hero"

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RICHLAND, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Family and friends are remembering the life of World War II Army Veteran Claude Porter, killed Tuesday on interstate 20.

"He always came in on Sunday morning and put his check in the offering plate which was sitting on the communion table," said Pastor James Twiner of the First United Methodist Church of Richland. "That was the first thing he did. He was just an all around great guy and a lot of fun. Everybody loved to be around him."

Eighty-nine year old Claude Porter lost his life suddenly when he pulled off the shoulder of Interstate 20 in Pearl to help a woman who had just wrecked her car. He was struck by a car when he tried to cross the interstate.

Pastor Twiner said Porter was a fixture in the community.

"And he was just an inspiration to us," said Twiner. "He was always involved in helping. He worked over at the food pantry helping distributing food."

The World War II Army Veteran was a Purple Heart recipient. One of his dear friends, Stan Croxton, describes him as a true American patriot.

"I know that Claude never considered himself to be a hero," said Croxton. "Claude was a real live hero. And when he was taken from us he was doing what he did best, trying to take care of other people.

Porter leaves behind his wife, six children, 12 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.

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