May 14, 1944 - Feb. 11, 2021
Funeral services to celebrate the life and legacy of a husband, brother, father, friend, and most importantly a servant of the Lord, were held Saturday, February 20, 2021 at Springfield Missionary Baptist Church in Madison, GA.
Milledge Gordon, Jr. was born May 14, 1944 in Morgan County; he was the fifth of 13 children born to the union of the late Milledge Gordon, Sr. and Irene Gordon. As a young child, he accepted Jesus Christ into his heart and decided to live the life of a Christian man. He was a devoted Deacon and served as Chairman of the Deacon Board for four years. He was also Superintendent of Sunday School for several years of Springfield Missionary Baptist Church.
Milledge graduated from Pearl High in 1963 and attended Atlanta Area Tech. He worked at General Motors until he was drafted into the US Army; he served for two years (1967 – 1969) and was a proud Vietnam War Veteran. Milledge returned to General Motors and retired after 28 years of service in 1994.
Deacon Gordon was the proud owner of Gordon Mobile Home Carrier, Inc. He was in the mobile home business for 50 years. When asked why he became interested in the mobile home business, Milledge provided the following response: “By the time he returned home from Vietnam, a couple of his sisters had purchased mobile homes. The homes were not set up correctly.” Being the caring person that he was, especially for his family, Milledge decided to “fix” his sisters’ homes himself. When the mobile home company sent someone to make the repairs, Milledge had already completed the work. The owner of the dealership was so impressed by Milledge’s skills that he offered him a job to move and set up homes. Before Milledge could accept the job, he had to obtain a business license. This would prove to be a difficult process; Milledge was subjected to racism, but he did not allow these obstacles to deter him. With his deep-rooted faith in God, he continued to persevere and operate in this calling. Milledge sought advice from the late James Pete Thomas, a fellow licensed business owner, regarding the necessary steps to get a license in Morgan County. The late Eugene Baldwin represented Milledge in Atlanta to obtain his business license. During this time a local businessman had to state the need for the type of work that you were seeking a business license. The late Brooks Pennington was the only local businessman that offered to write a letter of recommendation for Milledge to receive a license. The perseverance of Milledge Gordon paved the way for other African American men to own and operate businesses; Curtis Peters (Peters’ Mobile Home), Joe Ward (Ward’s Mobile Home) and the late Fred Lewis (Fred’s Mobile Home). Milledge moved and set up mobile homes by day and worked at General Motors in the evenings. He did this for twenty years. He continued to run his business full-time until his illness.
Milledge touched everyone that he encountered. He was a very caring and giving man. Each summer, he would plant a garden just to share with his community. He also looked forward to distributing peaches every year to his church family and would donate candy for the Christmas baskets. He would help total strangers and was a father figure to many.
His Lord said to him, “Well done, good and faithful servant..” – Matthew 25:23
Deacon Milledge Gordon, Jr. transitioned to eternal rest Thursday, February 11, 2021 at Memorial Hospital in Jacksonville, Florida. He was preceded in death by a sister, Mildred Akers, a brother, Joe Gordon, Sr. and daughter Donnis Davenport.
Milledge married the love of his life, Beverly Binion in 1983. The Lord allowed them to enjoy 37 years of marriage together.
His memory will be forever cherished by his loving and dedicated wife of 37 years, Beverly Binion Gordon; three daughters, Kim Binion, Catrina Edwards (Devon), and Yosmia Johnson; four grandchildren, Zachary Williams, Jamelyn Davenport, Kira Edwards, and Milledge Johnson; siblings, Ruby Smith, Stella Butler, Helen Ward, Annie Ruth Dennis, Geraldine Harris, Janice Hurt, Eddie Gordon, Denise Spencer, Danny Gordon and Brenda Reid.
Services of care entrusted to Bernard’s Family Funeral Care, LLC, The Madison Chapel, 1086 Ward Road, Madison, Georgia 30650.