Clay County Democrat
Editor, Francis Murray
George W. Gordon
Funeral Held Last
George W. Gordon was born February 2, 1873, and died December 2, 1942, at the age of 69 years. He was born in Clay County and has lived in Rector for the last 35 years. For several years he was in business in Rector, retiring about 12 years ago.
He was married in 1894 to Miss Dora Dodd and to this union one child was born.
He was converted and joined the Baptist Church in 1916. He was active in his church work until his health gave way. He continued to support the church with his prayers and money.
He is survived by his wife, one daughter, Mrs. Frank Stokes, several relatives and a great host of friends.
Funeral services were held at the First Baptist Church at 2:30 p.m. Friday, December 4, 1942, conducted by his pastor, the Rev. H.A. Turner, assisted by the Rev. Brady Cook. Burial was in Woodland Heights Cemetery in charge of Russell Mortuary.
Active pallbearers were: Elbert Crews, Everett King, Morgan King, Bowen Janes, O.A. Seely and Eric Landis.
Honorary pallbearers were: F.M. Stokes, Luther King, Almond Arnold, Floyd Winn, Gourley Donaldson, W.C. Frets, O.A. Harper, G.O. Bearden, Dr. R.S. Bucy, Elmer Purcell, W.H. Irby, J.H. Snowden, Dr. W.J. Blackwood, J.B. Winchester, Dr G.C. Jernigan, O.L. Dalton, George Barker, Ray Davis, John Glaub and George Mack.
George Washington Gordon was the son of John Walker Gordon and Mary Rebecca Province. Both the Gordon and Province families settled in Arkansas northwest of what would later become Rector. The Gordons were in the Scatterville-Boydsville area by 1860. They migrated from Carroll County, Tenn. George W. was born in 1873, seven years before his father died in 1880. George's mother died before 1900 and both are buried in Mars Hill Cemetery, north of Rector and west of Greenway.
George W. Gordon operated a restaurant in Rector beginning around 1903. George's brother-in-law, Linley Dodd, was a partner with George from 1904 to 1910. George W. continued with the restaurant until the late 1920's. I have read in old Rector newspapers accounts of the Rector Woman's Club holding their daytime meetings at the Gordon Restaurant (the club was organized in 1912).
George and his wife, Margaret Medora, were the parents of one child, daughter, Merlie L. Gordon. Margaret Medora died in 1961 at the age of 87 and is buried next to her husband in Woodland Heights Cemetery.
More information regarding these folks would be appreciated.