Pamela Ann Raines Porter, a leading citizen of the Mauldin, Simpsonville, Fountain Inn area, known as the Golden Strip in Upstate South Carolina, departed this life on January 15, 2021.
She was born in Greenville, South Carolina to William G. "Bill" Raines, Jr. and the late Patricia Ann Phetteplace Raines on January 5, 1953. Pamela graduated from Greenville High School and was a graduate of the School of Nursing at Greenville Technical College. In her early years, Pamela served as an Operating Room Technician at Greenville General Hospital. She later became Owner / Operator of Pocketful of Miracles, Inc., a childcare and education business with locations in Mauldin, Greenville, Spartanburg, and Greenwood. She loved children and she frequently provided scholarships to children who could not afford her services.
Pamela served on the Board of Greenville's Child which was responsible for the First Steps program and worked to improve childcare standards in the Upstate of South Carolina. She also served on the Board of the South Carolina Childcare Association which worked to improve childcare standards statewide. Pamela served on the Board of the Mauldin Chamber of Commerce and on the Community Board of Palmetto Bank in Mauldin, South Carolina.
Pamela was a member of the Mauldin Rotary Club where she worked closely with area youth and foreign exchange students. She hosted foreign exchange students from Brazil, Ecuador, Austria, and Kyrgyzstan in her home while they attended high school and learned our language and culture. She hosted one student for more than five years as she graduated from high school, graduated Anderson University, and attended Converse College in Spartanburg for one year.
Pamela was instrumental in the formation of a breakfast club named the Golden Strip Rotary Club and served as the Charter President.
She lived her entire adult life maintaining a philosophy of "Service Above Self" and received Rotary's highest honor, the Paul Harris Fellow award.
Pamela was predeceased by her mother, Patricia Ann Phetteplace Raines and was survived by her father William G. "Bill" Raines of Greenville, South Carolina.
She was survived by her husband, Doyle R. Porter, her children, Robert Jason Cooper and Caroline Ashley Blakley, her grandchildren, Brent Cooper, Brantley Truitt, and Peyton Truitt and her two sisters, Sandra "Sandy" Oliver and Laura McCulloch.
Pamela's legacy is the life she shared with her family, friends, and others she met along the way during her journey on earth. Family members and others should celebrate Pamela's life rather than mourn her death because she is now living a happy eternal life in Heaven in the presence of God.
There will be no funeral nor memorial service. Memorials may be made to Shriner's Hospital of Greenville, South Carolina.
"For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future , nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord." Romans 8:38-39
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