“I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course,
I have kept the faith.” II Timothy 4:7
John Hyter Gordon II entered heavenly rest on March 29, 2021 at home with his loving wife Linda Woods Gordon, by his side. Affectionately known as “Johnny,” he was born on May 14, 1955 in Richmond, Virginia. He was the first child born to the late John Hyter Gordon and Marian Thomas Gordon.
Johnny was raised and lived his entire life in Danville, Virginia. At the young age of 12, Johnny was baptized at Vance Street Baptist Church. In 1974, he graduated from George Washington High School. Later in life Johnny married his wife, Linda, February 26, 2000, took her son, Corey, under his “wing” as his own, and loved his wonderful grandson, Zakius. Zakius lovingly called Johnny, Pa John. For the past eleven years, Johnny and Linda attended The Life Church in Danville, Virginia. Dedicated to his faith, Johnny enjoyed talking about the Bible and impressed ministers and deacons with his knowledge of biblical events and scriptures. Johnny and Linda would also go house-to-house conducting Bible classes in their community. Throughout his years of marriage, Linda inspired Johnny, and he made the Dean’s List at Danville Community College. Graduating summa cum laude in 2006, he earned a diploma in Analyst Electronics, and two certificates in Industrial Electrical Principles. During his lifetime, Johnny worked as a contract painter for three years, and enjoyed this work. He also worked at Southside Manufacturers from 1997-1999, Masonite Corporation, 2002-2005, and retired on disability from Essel Propack Company in 2016.
Johnny’s favorite passions in life were loving his son and grandson, and playing chess with family and friends. He took pride in teaching his grandson, Zakius, to ride a bike, and play basketball. Johnny spent quality time advising Zakius about life, and eating at restaurants. As children, Johnny and his brother, Thomas, taught themselves to play chess, and they would play for hours. Of course, Johnny was the chess master and always won their matches. He even handmade a wooden chess board that he used for playing the game he loved. Other passions of Johnny’s were drawing and painting the human form, working with his hands to fix gadgets, playing pool and the card game bid whist. He was a talented artist, and he could have easily sold his work at art galleries and exhibitions. Adept at using his hands to repair and fix gadgets, Johnny was known to repair a computer by taking it apart, and putting it back together again.
Johnny was predeceased by his mother, Marian Thomas Gordon, in 2005, his father, John Hyter Gordon, in 2013, and his sister, Josephine Hart Gordon, in 2016. He is survived by wife, Linda Woods Gordon; son, Corey Woods (Rose), Seattle, Washington; grandson, Zakius Woods, Mebane, North Carolina; brother, Thomas Astaire Gordon (Angela), Richmond, Virginia; sister, Adrienne Gordon Fagler (Johnny), Dumfries, Virginia, nephew, LaDarrel Teko Purdie, Tampa, Florida; niece, Achari Mainor Summerville (Monte), Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; stepmother Ruby Green Gordon, Dumfries, Virginia; devoted cousins, Loretta Cosby, Dale City, Virginia; Zenobia Carter Austin (Earl), Appomattox, Virginia; Edna Carter, Woodford, Virginia; Evangelist Judy Fallen, Danville, Virginia; Minister Winfred Fallen, Danville, Virginia, and a host of family and friends.
A memorial service will be held on April 3rd at 1 PM at Abundant Life Church located at 955 Mount Cross Road, Danville, Virginia 24541 with Reverend Bill & Sharon Motley officiating.
ON THE WINGS OF A PRAYER
As we place ourselves in His loving care
And He hears every prayer and answers each one
When we pray in His name thy will be done
And the burdens that seem too heavy to bear
Are lifted away on “The Wings of a Prayer”
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