James Curtis Gordon was born on Jan. 6, 1927, in Riceboro to the late Theodore and Edith Gordon, the eldest of 13 children.
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He attended public school in Liberty County. He moved to Buffalo, N.Y., at an early age.
Upon relocating to Buffalo, he joined St. John Baptist Church, later moving his membership to the Greater Refuge Temple of Christ under the leadership of Apostle Robert L. Sanders Sr., where he served on the deacon board until his health began to fail.
It was at Greater Refuge Temple that he met and married the former Ruby Myree.
He was very mechanically inclined, building machinery that actually worked. He would make coin banks, makeshift car engines, electronic wagons, etc. Had he known of U.S. patents, he probably would have been CEO of his own empire.
Instead, he labored faithfully for more than 40 years at R & R Salvage Company in Buffalo, where he was a crane operator and supervisor until he retired in 1992.
He departed this life at Sisters of Charity Hospital on Oct. 19, 2013, after a brief illness.
Preceding him in death were his wife, Ruby; a sister, Eartha Lee Winston; a daughter, Rose Anna Gordon; a grandson, Alan Daniel Stepney; a granddaughter, Robin Harris; and a stepdaughter, Georgia Williams.
He leaves behind to cherish his memory three daughters, Jeanette Early, Ronita Johnson and Bernadine Gordon; a stepson, Melvin Bernard Potter; a stepdaughter, Barbara Fields; six sisters, Lena Mae (Walter) Griggs, Dorothy James and Jestine Gordon, all of Buffalo, Catherine Jackson and Sarah West, both of Riceboro, and Edith C. Gordon of Hinesville; two aunts, Amanda Gordon of Riceboro, and Simmie Lee Walker of Chicago; a devoted cousin, Willie LeCounte of Buffalo; 10 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; a greatgreat-grandson; nine nieces; five nephews; as well as a host of other relatives and friends.
His wake and funeral were Thursday morning, Oct. 24, at Greater Refuge Temple of Christ in Buffalo with Apostle Robert L. Sanders Sr. officiating. Burial was in St. Matthew Cemetery in West Seneca, N.Y.
Thomas T. Edwards Funeral Home in Buffalo had charge of arrangements.
Published in Coastal Courier from Oct. 29 to Nov. 5, 2013