James Hugh Gordon, Jr.

Obituary of James Hugh Gordon, Jr.

James Hugh Gordon Jr., 85, entered into the presence of his Savior, Jesus Christ, on July 27, 2017. A Glory to God Service was held July 30 at First Presbyterian Church of DeLand.

Born in Macon, Georgia, to James Hugh and Marion Richardson Gordon on Nov. 13, 1931, Hugh’s early youth was spent in Eufaula, Alabama, and then in Eastman, Georgia. His family moved to Daytona Beach in 1945, where he attended Seabreeze High School.

Hugh graduated from Darlington School in Rome, Georgia, in 1948, and from Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia, in 1952. At Washington and Lee, he majored in geology and was a member of Kappa Alpha Fraternity.Hugh was a veteran, having served in the U.S. Navy Reserve.His varied interests led him to work on the Chicago Board of Trade, and prospecting for uranium out West. He also prospected for Baroid as an engineer in the oil fields of northern Alberta, Canada.While working in Yellowstone National Park in 1953, Hugh surprisingly remet his future bride, that little redheaded girl whose head he had dunked while she was bobbing for apples at a Halloween party 13 years earlier in Eufaula. 

On Aug. 25, 1955, he married the love of his life, Frances Katherine Moulthrop of Eufaula at the small log Chapel of the Transfiguration in Grand Teton National Park in Moose, Wyoming. Hugh took Frances to Wetaskiwin, Alberta, where they lived during their first year of marriage.

Hugh and Frances moved to DeLand in 1957, where Hugh worked with his father to develop Pennsylvania Park subdivision, and Idlemore Apartments, the first condominiums built in Volusia County.Hugh served asa DeLand city commissioner from 1961 to 1965.From 1965 until 1974, he worked as the building official of Winter Park, then in a similar position for Volusia County until 1998.

He was a member of the Southern Building Code Congress, and the Building Officials Association of Florida, where he served a term as president from 1977 through 1978. Hugh was a founder of the Central Florida Building Officials Association.But his labor of love was his fernery and citrus grove, where every fall he enjoyed customers from around the world coming for “you pick” citrus.Hugh was a founding member of the DeLand Men's Prayer Breakfast, which has met weekly for 27 years. He enjoyed fishing and traveling, especially with family and friends, and is remembered for his great sense of humor.

Hugh is survived by his loving wife, Frances; children James "Jim" Hugh Gordon III, Matthew "Matt" (Jan Johnson), Charles "Chuck" (Jennifer Howard), Martha (Raymond Williams) and Gardner (Frances Claybrook); 19 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and sisters Alice O'Shea, Chovine Visintainer and Gabrielle Martinez.

Memorial donations may be sent to The Voice of the Martyrs at persecution.com. Persecuted Christians, especially those in the Middle East, were constantly on Hugh's heart and in his prayers.

Hugh was regularly overheard marveling at how God had graciously and unimaginably blessed him with his salvation, his loving wife Frances, his family, and his friends.