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Franklin D. Gordon, Sr.

July 5, 1934 ~ January 13, 2022 (age 87)


Saluda, SC: Franklin Delano Gordon, Sr., 87 years old, formerly of Edgefield, SC, the widower of Martha Kate Freeman Gordon,  departed his life on Thursday evening, January 13, 2022 at Saluda Nursing Home and Rehabilitation in Saluda, SC.

Franklin “Tank” Delano Gordon, Sr. was born in Edgefield, SC, the son of the late Willie Douglas Gordon and Lillie Phillips Gordon. At an early age, he joined Pleasant Lane Baptist Church and served faithfully. He met Martha Kate Freeman in 1952, and they were married May 16, 1954. Franklin was ordained as a Deacon in 1961.

Franklin was not an educated man, but he was able to establish Gordon Logging in the late 1950’s with three men and one log truck. Martha served as the bookkeeper until they had children. Once their children became of age, Martha and Franklin showed them how to take over the business and help themselves.

He is preceded in death by his parents; wife, four brothers, Willie D. “Shield” Gordon, Jr., D.P. “Boot” Gordon, Harold “Hal” Gordon, and Phillip “Sam” Gordon; and three sisters Ernestine ”Ernie” Mosley, Catherine ”Cat” Shivers, and Marie “Mae” Adams.

He is survived by his devoted children, daughter, Syneta (James) Powell of North Augusta, SC; three sons, Franklin D. (Deloris) Gordon, Jr, Bruce A(Brenda) Gordon; and Leon (Louvenia) Gordon all of Edgefield, SC; 11 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren. Two sisters Ethel ”Dolly” Long of  Jersey City, New Jersey, and Katerina Brown of District Heights, MD; a brother Ronnie Gordon, Edgefield, SC; sisters-in-law, Lou Emma Gordon of Edgefield, SC and Claudia Freeman of Columbia, SC, brothers-in-law, Truman Freeman, Moses Felder and Virgil Manley of Columbia, SC and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Please pray for this family as they go through their hour of bereavement.

Please be mindful of the condition of the World and practice social distancing and wear a mask or facing covering when visiting and during the services.

Butler and Sons Funeral Home is assisting the Gordon Family.


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January 21, 2022

1:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Butler and Sons Funeral Home Chapel
306 N. Bouknight Ferry Road
Saluda, South Carolina 29138

Celebration of Life
January 22, 2022

11:00 AM
Pleasant Lane Baptist Church
12 Peterson Lane
Edgefield, SC 29824


Pleasant Lane Baptist Church
12 Peterson Lane
Edgefield, SC 29824

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