Ackron Parris Porter, known simply as "Mr. Porter" during his nearly 35 years with the Gibbs Hall cafeteria staff on the University of Tennessee campus, died Sunday morning at his Knoxville home. He was 69.
Porter was a beloved member of the Tennessee athletics department who retired in 2003 after a 36-year tenure on campus. He spent the last 34 of those years in Gibbs Hall, which for decades served as UT's athletics dormitory and dining hall.
And although food service was his stock in trade, Porter also mastered the art of mentoring and boosting the morale of student-athletes adjusting to life away from home or those suffering a bad day on the practice field.
A native of Anniston, Ala., Porter was promoted in 1980 to a supervisor's role by former Tennessee Athletics Director Bob Woodruff. Porter was awarded an honorary UT letter after his retirement and maintained his presence around the program both at games and in the hallways.
Porter also was known by many of his friends as the "Sock Man" because of his successful side business peddling socks and neckties.
Funeral services are scheduled for Thursday from 5:30-7 p.m. at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church, 1807 Dandridge Ave., Knoxville. Cemetery arrangements are pending.
Story Courtesy: UT Sports Information
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