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Reverend Ernest Milton Gordon
Pastor Ernest Milton Gordon is the second oldest of seven (7) children, born to the late Lonnie and Julia Mathis Gordon was born December 10, 1929 in Saluda, SC. He is preceded in death by his parents, his sister; Willie Mae Simmons,, one son: Ernest Lonnie Gordon and brother, Benjamin Gordon. He was educated in the public schools of Edgefield County, SC. At an early age, he accepted Christ in his life and joined Pleasant Lane Baptist Church where he was a faithful member.
He and his wife, Ruth Talbert Gordon, have been married for over 74;(seventy-four) years since 1949. They are the proud parents of six (6) children. His blessings from God were passed down to his children. They are successful in their chosen careers, two are ministers of the gospel and two have earned PhDs. Two are highly trained IT personnel and one is an RN. He was a proud parent, grandparent, great-grandparent and great-great grandparent.
Reverend Gordon was a businessman for more than 50 years. He owned a successful dump truck business. He also worked with his son for many years in a logging business. But Reverend Gordon was most proud of his walk with God.
Reverend Gordon entered into the ministry in January, 1964 at Pleasant Lane Baptist Church. At that time, he accepted the call of God and stepped into his long held ministry of bringing souls to Christ. Reverend Gordon served as Moderator for 1 term with the Simmon Ridge Samaritan Association. He served for 2 terms with the Union Third Division. He attended Benedict and Erskine Seminary for his ministerial education.
Reverend Gordon served as Pastor to several churches during his ministry. Several of these churches he pastored simultaneously. Mine Creek Baptist Church (3 years), Mount Lebanon Baptist Church (44 years), Mount Sinai Baptist Church (23 years), and Mount Pleasant Baptist Church (46 years). He finally retired from pastoring in April of 2014, after 50 years of service to the Lord.
He has been recognized by many Christian organizations to include the National Baptist Convention and the South Carolina State Baptist Convention. Reverend Gordon embodied all that is Godly in his ministry. He worked tirelessly to aid the poor and those outside of the norm. He was driven to ensure that the children of South Carolina had access to a solid education in the public educational system, marching with Jesse Jackson to further this cause.
Reverend Gordon has spent his life spreading the gospel of peace and the word of God. First and foremost, a man of God, he was a good husband, father, and servant of the Lord. He raised his family in the fear and admonition of Christ and preached the Gospel at every opportunity.
He is survived by; his wife: Johnnie Ruth Talbert-Gordon, 5 children; Reverend Melvin Gordon (Linda), Dr. Alfred Gordon, Debra L. Redfern, Reverend Dr. Alfreda D. Clark, Russ Gordon (Truc), ten grandchildren, ten great grandchildren and five great, great grandchildren; three brothers, Willie (Maggie) Gordon, Lonnie (Betty) Gordon and Raymond Gordon; sister. Thomasina G. Senior; sister-in-law, Willie Lee (Charles) Wilson; and a host of nieces, nephews, and friends .
The family is at the home.
Homegoing Celebration will be 12 Noon Saturday, January 21, 2023 at Pleasant Lane Baptist Church with burial in the church cemetery. Visitation will be 3-5 p.m. Friday at Pleasant Lane Baptist Church. Saturday morning 9 a.m. until at the funeral home. The body will be placed in the church at 11 a.m.
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Butler and Sons Funeral Home is assisting the Gordon Family.