James Don Gordon

A celebration of life was held October 6 at Christ United Methodist Church for James Don “Jim” Gordon, M.D. The Rev. Calvin Cosnahan, pastor, officiated.

Dr. Gordon, 81, passed away October 3.

Born March 26, 1936 in Philadelphia, Miss., he was the son of the late Edward and Lou Ella Blount Gordon.  He was a graduate of Decatur High School, class of 1954, where he was Salutatorian, editor of the school newspaper, played football and trumpet, and was selected Mr. Decatur High School.  He attended East Mississippi Junior College where he was a running back on the football team and freshman class president.  He then attended Millsaps College in 1956 where he completed his undergraduate studies in one year graduating with honors with a baccalaureate in chemistry in 1957.  He was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity.

From a young age, Dr. Gordon demonstrated a keen desire to help those in need and suffering and, thus, expressed his wish to become a physician.  He attended Tulane Medical School in New Orleans returning to Jackson to serve an internship at University Hospital.  From 1962-1966, he returned to New Orleans’ Charity Hospital to serve his Residency in Otolaryngology specializing in Head and Neck Surgery. 

His love of country found him enlisted in the United States Navy serving as lieutenant commander in the U.S. Medical Corp – stationed at Beaufort Naval Hospital in Beaufort, S.C. from 1966 – 1968.  While there, he served as chief of the Ear, Nose and Throat Department.

In 1968, Dr. Gordon returned to Jackson to begin his private practice in Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery where he practiced until his retirement in 2015.  He will be remembered for his overwhelming capacity to love and care for his patients, his colleagues, and others.

Dr. Gordon was a member and active in the Mississippi State Medical Association, American Medical Association, Central Medical Society, and Mississippi Society of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery.  He was a Fellow of the American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy; Diplomat, American Academy of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery; Board Certified, American Board of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery, since 1967; and Board Certified, American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy, since 1989.  He had been Clinical Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology, School of Medicine, University of Mississippi Medical Center.

Dr. Gordon had been a resident of Jackson for over 27 years and of Madison for more than 20 years.  He was a member of Christ United Methodist Church of Jackson.

Jim’s most important endeavor was the love of his family and community.  From coaching his sons in baseball to serving as Booster Club president at Jackson Prep, he treasured every moment of his family life.  He was an avid Ole Miss fan, sportsman, fisherman, hunter, golfer, and reader.  He was known for being a peacemaker. . . his indelible smile, laughter, and friendship will always be remembered.

He is preceded in death by his sister, Ann Gordon Russell; nephew, Dr. Randy Russell; and sister-in-law, Aldine Gordon. 

He is survived by his loving wife of 18 years, Bertha C. Arnold Gordon of Madison; his children: sons, Dr. Kyle Gordon (Kathleen) of Jackson; and Dr. Jeffrey Gordon (Tracey) of West Plains, Mo.; daughters, Ginger Gordon Buckley and Tara Gordon Antwine, both of Jackson, Tenn.; Cecilia Burell Lagg (Bryan) of Madison; and Dana Burell Castagnos (Chip) of Orlando; his former wife and the mother of Kyle, Jeffrey, Ginger and Tara: Jo Jeff Ford Gordon of Jackson; a brother, Ed Gordon, of Madison; 12 grandchildren and a host of loving relatives and friends.

The family would like to express their sincerest gratitude to the loving staff of Beau Ridge Memory Care in Ridgeland for the excellent and compassionate care shown to Dr. Gordon and their family. 

Memorials may be made to CARA Community Animal and Rescue Adoption Center, P.O. Box 231, Clinton, Miss., 39060, www.carams.org.

Social

FROM PROGRAMS TO VENUES TO FUND-RAISING, TIPPY GARNER GUIDING FORCE OF OPERA

A Jackson native, Tippy Garner has always lived in the north and northeast area of the city.