Benton Gordon Jr.
Funeral services for Benton Rex Gordon Jr., 68, were held Dec. 6 at the Union United Methodist Church in Union. Pastor Jim Cain, Pastor Jon Martin and Joe Cole officiated the ceremonies prior to interment in the Greenland Cemetery.
Gordon, a long-time attorney and active citizen of Union died suddenly Dec. 2, 2017.
He is survived by his wife and partner Patricia, two daughters: Miriam Lott and Mary Katherine Hanna, son-in-law Trent Hanna and five grandchildren, Lane Hanna, Macy Lott, Matthew Gordon Lott, Landrey Kate Hanna and Layton Hanna.
Gordon was preceded in death by his parents: Benton Rex Gordon Sr. and Illene Richie Gordon.
He was a 1966 graduate of Pascagoula High School and the Mississippi College School of Law in 1974. The Gordons, who were married in 1970, made Pascagoula home where he practiced law with his father until their move to Union in 1984 where he quickly became a staple of the community. For over 30 years he was involved personally and professionally with the progress, fabric and foundation of his community.
Gordon served as Union City Attorney and as Municipal Judge for 30 years. He represented the Union Public School District as their attorney for 20 years.
Gordon spent three decades as Master of Ceremonies for Union¹s annual Country Day celebration and 17 years in the booth as the voice of Union High School Yellowjacket football. He was a member of the Mississippi Bar Association and the American Bar Association. He was an active member of the University of Mississippi Alumni Association and an ardent and enthusiastic supporter of the University in all of its activities.
He was an active member of the Union United Methodist Church where he served on several committees. He was a Mason and a Shriner. History was a favorite subject, both for reading and discussion; and he could carry on a lengthy discourse on almost any subject, ranging from politics, football, religion, the weather and even fashion. He was particularly in his element as founder, charter member and chief ramrod of the Ward¹s Morning Coffee Club, where he held sway daily.
Pallbearers were Jeff Carter, Craig Lott, Brian Gordon, Jack Thames, Kirk Thames, Glen Davis, Craig Gordon and Darin Gordon.