Florence Marie Portman, 88, of Springfield, Ohio went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, January 18, 2020. She was born March 30, 1931 in Springfield, Ohio the daughter of Noah and Anna Mary (Price) Neal. At the tender age of twelve years old she was baptized in Jesus Name and received the gift of the Holy Ghost soon thereafter.
Florence was a devoted and faithful member of El Bethel Temple for many years under the leadership of the late Bishop Raymond E. Lloyd Sr., until she later became a member of the Church of Jesus Family Worship Center under the leadership of the late Bishop Cecil A. Pratt and currently under the leadership of Bishop Ann Storey Pratt. She was a faithful member of the choir, Missionary Guild and Minister's Alliance. Florence was known for her love for the word of God. She would talk about the word of God for hours. She a faithful prayer warrior and loved to sing and was known for her beautiful voice.
Florence was united in marriage to Walter E. Portman on March 18, 1953 and of that union they were blessed with nine children. She is survived by three daughters, Teresa Channels, Medea (Stanley) Williams and Denise (Mark) Harris; three sons, Walter (Teresa) Portman, Brad Portman and Duane Portman. She also leaves to cherish her legacy many grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren who she loved and adored dearly; two brothers, Kenneth (Katie) Neal and Gary (Mae) Neal and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family and friends including special friends, Claire Richardson and Geraldine Moore. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Walter E. Portman and sons, Vincent Ricardo, Juan Andre and Darrin Lee; sister, Ruth LeEtta Simpson and brothers, Lawrence, Robert, James and Floyd Neal.
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