Mr. James Coleman Gordon, Sr., 83, entered into the presence of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Friday, March 15, 2013 at his home in Altha, Florida following an extended illness. He was one of seven children born to the late William Charles Gordon and Julia Pennington Gordon and was preceded in death by his parents, five brothers and his sister. He was born and raised in Gaffney, South Carolina and had been a longtime resident of Loxahatchee, Florida prior to living the last few years between his children in Lake City and Altha, Florida. Mr. Gordon was a veteran of the United States Army having served two tours in Korea. Mr. Gordon specialized in the construction of outdoor billboards prior to retiring. He spent his retired days watching Sheppard's Chapel with Mr. Murray and studied God's word with them every day. He was an avid fisherman and shared his passion with the next two generations of his family teaching his hobby to his children and grandchildren. He will forever be remembered as a wonderful father, grandfather, great grandfather, uncle and friend. His loyal and faithful companion, his beloved dog, "Trouble" died on Monday, March 11th after thirteen years of devotion to Mr. Gordon.
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Mr. Gordon is survived by his children, James Coleman Gordon Jr. and his wife Janet of Loxahatchee, Florida; Becky Holloway and husband Dwayne of Lake City, Florida and Florence Simmons and husband Seldon of High Springs, Florida; his grandchildren, Dewey Holloway(Amanda) of Fort White, Florida; Tim Holloway(Stephanie) of Jacksonville, Florida; B.J. Simmons of High Springs, Florida; Jamie Lynne Gordon of Loxahatchee, Florida; and James Coleman Gordon III of Loxahatchee, Florida and great grandchildren Taylor Anne Holloway, Fisher Taylen Holloway both of Fort White and Kymber Rose Holloway of Jacksonville. The mother of his children, Thelma Estelle Flanagan of High Springs, Florida and a very special friend Lucy Nixs of Blountstown, Florida also survive.
The family wishes to thank all of the staff of the Covenant Hospice and the V.A. Hospitals in Lake City and Altha for their loving care and all of the family and friends who brought joy to his life.
Memorial services with Military Honors will be conducted at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, March 23, 2013 in the Providence Village Baptist Church, located at 9316 NW CR 245, Lake Butler, FL (Providence) with Pastor Dax Summerhill and Rev. Jack Caldwell officiating. The family will receive friends immediately following the service. In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorial donations be made to the Sheppard's Chapel T.V. Ministry, PO BOX 416, Gravette, Arkansas 72736. The family will be gathering at the home of daughter, Becky Holloway located at 15394 S. Highway 441, Lake City, Florida. Arrangements are under the direction of the DEES-PARRISH FAMILY FUNERAL HOME, 458 South Marion Ave., Lake City, FL 32025 (386) 752-1234 Please sign the on-line family guest book at parrishfamilyfuneralhome.com
Dees-Parrish Family Funeral Home
458 S Marion Ave.
Lake City, FL 32025
Published in Lake City Reporter on Mar. 20, 2013