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June 4, 2009

Crisp says goodbye to‘GG’

Kansas City Royals’ center fielder mourns death of great grandmother

A seven year Major League Baseball player who lost his number one fan in Edgecombe County came to Tarboro to pay his final respect.

Kansas City Royals center fielder Coco Crisp attended the funeral of his great grandmother, Maude Bullock Porter, Wednesday at St. Paul AME Zion Church in Tarboro. Crisp’s wife Maria and their children Caden and Amailee, ages 2 and 3, also attended the funeral.

Porter, 95, of Tarboro died May 26 in her hometown. She was remembered by her family and friends as a woman who “lived her life to the fullest.”

The entire Porter family and their friends were saddened about the abrupt death of the “energetic” and “feisty” senior.

“It was shocking,” Crisp said about learning of his great grandmother’s death. “I say shocking, but she was 95. You wouldn’t think that the death of a 95-year-old would be a shocking thing. But she was in good health, she was feisty she seemed to be in good spirits all of the time. (The news of her death) came from left field. We all are hurt.

“She was a huge part of the family. GG – I called her GG. She was so fun and loving.”

Porter was an avid baseball fan who even in her latter years attended a few of her great grandson’s games. And when she was not attending the games, she could be found in front of her television watching them.

Porter graduated from Tarboro Colored School and attended Brick Community College in Enfield. In 1953 her adventurous mindset led her to California where she spent the vast majority of her life. During her latter years she relocated back to her hometown.

In an interview with The Daily Southerner in 2007, Porter said, “I came back home to visit and I didn’t go back. This is home for me. My mother is buried here and I want to be buried here too.”

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