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Gordon Lee Washington

87, died Saturday, July 19, 2014.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, July 25 in the Memorial Chapel at First Presbyterian Church, 617 North Elm Street, Greensboro NC 27401.

Gordon Washington, the oldest child of Blanche and Harold Washington, was raised in Goshen, Indiana. At the age of seventeen, he enlisted in the Army and served in Japan under General Douglas MacArthur. Upon returning home, he studied mechanical engineering at Purdue University and married his high school sweetheart, Marilyn Louise Frick. After graduation, Gordon began a lifelong career with Blue Bell, Inc., which brought him to Greensboro.

After the death of his wife, Gordon married Greensboro native Ada Jane Moore Sapp, who shared his interests in golf, community service, and travel. A skilled golfer, Gordon was especially proud of a hole-in-one made during a GGO Pro-Am. Among other volunteer activities, he was a three-time President of the Shepherd's Center and served on the Property Committee at First Presbyterian Church.

Gordon was preceded in death by his first wife Marilyn Louise Frick Washington; his second wife Ada Jane Moore Sapp Washington; his parents; his brothers George Washington and Jack Washington; and his sisters-in-law Shirley Washington and Helen Washington. He is survived by son David Washington of Greensboro; daughter Deidre Washington and her partner Paul Phillips of Greensboro; stepson Armistead Sapp III of Cary; stepson Henry Sapp and wife, Tina, of Greensboro; stepson William Sapp and wife, Ann, of Greensboro. Also surviving are step-grandchildren Allie, Benjamin, Baxter, Edward, and Mary Kathryn Sapp, and step-great-grandchild Corbin Wimbush.

The family will receive guests immediately following the service in the Blair Hagan room at First Presbyterian Church.

Memorial gifts, in lieu of flowers, can be made to the Capital Campaign of First Presbyterian Church, 617 N. Elm St, Greensboro NC 27401, or the Shepherd's Center of Greensboro, 302 W. Market St. #103 Greensboro NC 27401.

Online condolences may be sent to

Forbis and Dick North Elm Street Chapel is assisting the Washington family.

Published in the The Indianapolis Star on July 24, 2014
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