Mother Martha Thompson Gordon

April 2019

Mother Martha Thompson Gordon

Mother Martha Thompson Gordon was born in Americus, Sumter County, Georgia on June 11, 1917, to the parentage of the late Mrs. Margert “Maggie” McCullen Brown and the late Mr. James Brown. Mother Gordon was a student and graduate of McCoy Hill Elementary School, and one of the first graduating class of A.S. Staley High School. Mother Gordon joined the Big Bethel Baptist Church at an early age, which was located on Lamar Street, downtown Americus. She attended Big Bethel Church until her marriage to Mr. Hinton Henry Thompson, and moved to Macon, Bibb County, Georgia. There they attended Mount Olive Baptist Church under the leadership of Rev. Ellis S. Evans. Into this marriage, their only child, George Anthony Thompson was born. After approximately 13 years of marriage they were divorced. Mother Gordon was employed for many years by the New Way Dry Cleaners of Houston Avenue in Macon.

After many years of single mom’s status, she met Mr. Samuel A. Gordon and was married in 1950. They lived happily until his death in 1963. Samuel was a World War II Navy Veteran. After his home going, and the failing health of her mother, Mother Gordon moved back to Americus, and joined the Big Bethel Baptist Church, and continued her fellowship and working in the service of the church. Mother was a staunch and devoted Christian leader. She received numerous awards and recognition for her Christian service and community work. She loved Big Bethel and sung in the choir. She was also a member of the Professional Women Club, active member of the NAACP, and numerous other activities.

On the full moon lit night of March 18, 2019, God called Mother Gordon home to rest! She lived a full vibrant life devoted to her family, church and friends. She will truly be missed!

She leaves to cherish her memories: a devoted son, Mr. George A. Thompson and wife, Shirley A. Thompson of Kennesaw, GA; three grandsons: Aric A. Thompson, Jamuel A. Thompson, both of Kennesaw, GA and Roy D. Watts of Lithonia, GA; two granddaughters, Anita A. Crews, Americus, GA and Donna S. Mitchell, Kennesaw, GA; six great granddaughters: Tangree C. Hardnett of Hampton, GA; Crystal Jones of Americus, GA; Nicole Peduzzi of Alpharetta, GA; Brandy Mitchell of Kennesaw, GA; Allie McMillin of North Carolina, Kelle Pettis of Denver, CO and Laci M. Thompson of Sandy Springs, GA; three great grandsons: Kyle and Karter Pettis of Fountain, CO and Jarret A. Thompson of Sandy Springs, GA; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and some very close and personal family friends also survive.