Jorita Rosalie Porter Babb (1936-2016)

Jorita was an avid supporter of the restoration of the 1787 Seth Babb Homestead in Greeneville, TN, often corralling family members to tell them how important the project was and spurring them into action to assist the project. I’ve had the privilege to know her over these last dozen or so years and am sad to hear news of her passing.

Below is a copy of her Obituary published in the Crossroads Chronicle.


Jorita Rosalie Porter Babb

Jorita Rosalie Porter Babb, 80, of Cullowhee, passed away Friday, Oct. 7.

Born in Castlewood, Virginia, she was the daughter of the late Henry Roy Porter and Viola Marie Jessee Dearing Porter.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Harry Chase Babb; two sons, Aubrey Alan Babb and Robert Lynn Babb; and one brother, Roy Leon Porter.

Jorita was the former owner of Cashiers Insurance Agency, Inc.

She was a member of the N.C. China Painting Club and loved gardening and flowers.

Jorita was a member of Pine Creek Baptist Church.

She is survived by two daughters, Deborah Hicks and husband Ralph of Cullowhee and Carla B. Tucker and husband Chris of Cashiers; one son, Michael D. Babb of Cullowhee; one brother, Leston Porter of Hazelwood, Missouri; six grandchildren; four great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15 at Pine Creek Baptist Church. Rev. Aaron Langston and Rev. Everett Wilson will officiate.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 6 p.m. Saturday, prior to the service at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Pine Creek Baptist Church or Four Seasons Hospice House Foundation, P.O. Box 815, Franklin, NC 28744.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Online condolences can be made at

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