Native Virginian, Charles O. Gordon, Sr.,
Founder & First President of the
House of Gordon, USA
Takes The Low Road Home 15 August 2004
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Charles Gordon Sr. - JOHNSON CITY

Charles O. Gordon Sr., age 84, of 507 East Tenth
Ave., Johnson City, Tennessee, died Sunday, August
15, 2004, at Johnson City Medical Center. He was a
native of Marion, Virginia, but had lived in Johnson
City since 1936. He was the son of the late Pearl
Cable Gordon and Lawrence Elliott Gordon. Charles
O. Gordon was founder, chairman and CEO of
Gordon's Inc., Tri- City Beverage Corporation, Peace
River Citrus Groves Inc.,  and the Bydand Corporation.
He has served as President of the following organizations: Southern Furniture
Manufacturers Association, Furniture Library Foundation, Virginia Tech
Alumni Foundation, Virginia Tech Student Aid Association, the German Club
Alumni Foundation and the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games. He
served for thirty-five years as a member of the Board of Directors of Home
Financial Corporation. A graduate of Science Hill High School, Johnson City,
Tennessee, he received his B.S. Degree in Industrial Engineering from
Virginia Polytechnic Institute in 1942. Gordon served as a Glider Operations
officer in the Army Air Corps during World War II in the European theater with
the rank of Major. He earned the Presidential Citation, the Silver Star, the
Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal, Combat Infantry Badge, Airborne
Infantry Wings, seven Battle Stars and three Bronze Arrowheads for Airborne
invasions. He commanded the first and only glider pilot combat unit serving in
World War II. Gordon is a charter member and Past Commander of the
Johnson City Power Squadron, charter member and Past President of the
Lions Club, a past member of the Rotary Club, a Master Mason, a member of
the York Rite, Scottish Rite and a lifetime member of the Shrine. He is a
Knight in the Sovereign Military Order of the Temple of Jerusalem. He served
as Mayor of Johnson City in 1969. He served as a member of the Salvation
Army Advisory Board for fifty years and twelve years as Chairman. In
February, 1972, he received the Salvation Army National Award, Others, and
in 1989 he was presented with the distinguished William Booth Award. In
1983, he was made an honorary life member of the Salvation Army Advisory
Board. He was named Man of the Year by the Board of Governors of the
American Furniture Mart in June, 1969, and in November, 1978, was honored
with the Southern Furniture Manufacturers Association's distinguished James
T. Ryan Award. He served as a Director of the Virginia Tech Education
Foundation and has completed eight years on the Virginia Tech Board of
Visitors and two years as Rector. In 1985, he was honored by Virginia Tech in
receiving the Ruffner Medal Award, the highest recognition given by the
University. He served as a member of the College of Engineering Committee
of 100. The Greater Tri-Cities Business Alliance inducted him into the Junior
Achievement Hall of Fame in 2000. Mr. Gordon was a member of Munsey
Memorial United Methodist Church. Mr. Gordon was preceded in death by
one son, Jack Curtis Gordon; one brother, Lawrence E. Gordon; and one
sister, Marie Harding Ferrari. He is survived by his wife, Evelyn Anderson
Gordon; five children, Mary Alice Hardin, Johnson City, Charles O. Gordon
Jr., High Point, NC, Lucretia Gordon, Johnson City, Evelyn Sexton Gordon,
Greeneville, TN, Robert Preston Gordon, Charlotte, NC; 10 grandchildren; 3
great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services for
Mr. Gordon will be conducted at 3:00 PM Thursday, August 19th, at Munsey
Memorial United Methodist Church. Rev. Brian Taylor will officiate. Graveside
services and burial will follow at Monte Vista Memorial Park. The family will
receive friends at the funeral home from 6:30 until 8:30 PM Wednesday. For
those who wish, the family suggests that memorial contributions be made to
the Salvation Army, 208 Ashe Street, Johnson City, TN 37604 or to Munsey
Memorial United Methodist Church building fund, 201 East Market Street,
Johnson City, TN 37601. For those who wish, online condolences may be
sent to the family at www.morrisbaker.com. Arrangements by Morris-Baker
Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 2001 Oakland Ave., Johnson City, TN
37601, phone: 423-282-1521
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