|Birth: ||Aug. 5, 1942|
|Death: ||Sep. 26, 2011|
Obituary of Jack Ray Gordy
Jack Ray Gordy, 69, passed away on Monday, September 26, 2011 after a short, brave battle with cancer. He is survived by Frances, his wife of forty years, their son David, daughter-in-law Xiaoshan, and granddaughter Caroline Elise. He is also survived by his brother, Tim Gordy of Hattiesburg, sister-in-law Billie, and a host of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his son, Dylan Thomas Gordy and his parents, Jack and Mildred Gordy of Laurel.
Jack was born on August 5, 1942 in Philadelphia, Mississippi. It was during his youth that he developed a lifelong love for reading and learning with a particular fondness for poetry and great literature. Jack was one of the most brilliant people most of us ever had the good fortune to know, and that intellectual capacity was tempered by his humility and caring for others. He thrived on service to others, giving of himself tirelessly and without complaint. Jack was known to many for his quick wit and the enjoyment he got from telling a great joke. He was an original.
Jack treasured life and the people in it. He was full of adventure and always had the most positive and joyful outlook on life. True to his adventurous spirit, for several summers, Jack led a group of teachers and college students to teach cultural and conversational English in schools in rural Mainland China.
Jack is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi and The University of Mississippi. He also held paramedic certification from the University of Mississippi Medical Center. For over thirty years Jack was an administrator in the School of Health Related Professions at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, serving as Associate Dean and twice as interim Dean. He was also a teacher who was known for his compassionate approach and creative methods of teaching in multiple academic disciplines.
Anyone who wishes to honor Jack by making a memorial donation, may contribute to The Gordy Health Sciences Award Fund. Donations should be made to UMC FUNDS, and sent to Dr. Cyndi Scott, School of Health Related Professions, University of Mississippi Medical Center, 2500 North State Street, Jackson, MS 39216. The Health Sciences program at UMC is a degree completion program that allows certificate-prepared health science professionals to complete their baccalaureate degrees. The program was Jack's brainchild, and it was developed while he served as interim dean of the School.
A rosary service will be held on Wednesday, September 28 at 5:00 p.m. at Ott and Lee Funeral Home in Brandon for family and friends, followed by visitation from 5:30-8:30. On Thursday, September 29, visitation will be held at St. Paul Catholic Church in Flowood from 9:00-10:45 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11:00. On Friday, September 30, a visitation and prayer service will be held from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. at Annunciation Catholic Church in Kiln. Interment will follow at the Moran Family Cemetery in Kiln.
The Sun Herald on September 29, 2011
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Moran Family Cemetery
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Record added: Sep 29, 2011
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