James Gordon(1929 - 2013)

James "Jim" Gordon


James Lloyd Gordon, 84, passed away on December 1, 2013.

Jim Gordon was born November 20, 1929 in McComb, Mississippi. He was the only child of Benjamin and Lorraine Gordon.

Mr. Gordon graduated from McComb High School in 1947. He attended Mississippi State University and Mississippi College, graduating with a degree in business in 1951. He was also a graduate of the LSU School of Banking.

He married his wife of 61 years, Ruth Bearden Gordon, on April 6, 1952.

He served in the United States Army in Korea in 1952-1953. He continued his service in the Army Reserve until 1962, reaching the rank of First Lieutenant.

He began his professional career with Commercial Credit in 1954. He later joined Citizens Bank of Hattiesburg which became Trustmark National Bank, and he retired from Trustmark in 1994.

Jim Gordon was a faithful member and Deacon of Hardy Street Baptist Church, formerly Temple Baptist Church.

He was a life-long fan and supporter of the Mississippi State Bulldogs. He was a Bulldog football season ticket holder for over 25 years. He faithfully made the trip to and from Starkville, win or lose, to attend football, basketball and baseball games. And he probably knew as much about recruiting efforts every year as the coaches themselves.

He was also an enthusiastic amateur military historian, amassing a fine private library covering the Civil War, World War II and especially the Korean War.

James Gordon is survived by his wife, Ruth, of Hattiesburg. He is also survived by a son David (Sonya) Gordon of Baton Rouge, LA and a daughter Donna (David) Morgan of Hattiesburg, MS. And he is survived by his grandchildren Teresa (Tessa) Gordon of Baton Rouge, LA , and Dylan & Danielle (Dani) Morgan of Hattiesburg, MS.

Honorary pallbearers will be the Deacons of Hardy Street Baptist Church and Temple Baptist Church.

Visitation will be Tuesday, December 3 from 5pm-8pm at Moore Funeral Home in Hattiesburg, and from 10 am until service Wednesday at Hardy Street Baptist Church sanctuary.

The service is Wednesday, December 4 at 11:30 am in the sanctuary of Hardy Street Baptist Church.

Interment will be at Highland Cemetery in Hattiesburg.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering, Hardy Street Baptist Church, 1508 Hardy Street, Hattiesburg, MS 39401; or to the Baptist Childrens Village, PO Box 27, Clinton, MS 39060.



Funeral Home

Moore Funeral Service
805 Hardy Hattiesburg, MS 39401
(601) 544-2141

Published in the Hattiesburg American on Dec. 3, 2013