William Meadors “Billy” Gordon, 89, husband of Betsy Drennan Gordon, passed away Wednesday, June 8, 2016, in McLeod Hospice House in Florence. Mr. Gordon was born June 8, 1927, in Kingstree, SC, a son of the late Ruth Meadors Gordon and Alexander McKnight Gordon.
He was a graduate of Kingstree High School and Davidson College, and was a World War II US Navy veteran. Billy was a professional photographer and the owner of Gordon Studios in the 50s and 60s. He was an active member of Kingstree United Methodist Church, where he served in many capacities.
He was a former board member of Williamsburg Land Company, a former Trustee of Epworth Childrens Home, Columbia College, and The Methodist Manor of the Pee Dee. Mr. Gordon was a former commissioner of The Williamsburg County Soil and Water Conservation Committee and for many years, was a member of the board of Williamsburg First National Bank.
Mr. Gordon, a dedicated conservationist and agriculturist, farmed his family’s land for more than 50 years.
Mr. Gordon is survived by: his wife of 53 years, Elizabeth “Betsy” Drennan Gordon, of Kingstree; 2 sons, William Drennan (Kathy) Gordon, of Kingstree and John Alexander “Alex” (April) Gordon, of Myrtle Beach; a daughter, Elizabeth (Jay) Pope, of Hemingway; 8 grandchildren, Gordon Pope, Jake Pope, Emma Ryan Gordon, Sarah McClary, Nina Gordon, Liam Gordon, Austin Gordon, and Addison Gordon; a sister, Ruth G. (Richard) Steffen, of Kingsport, TN; brother-in-law, Richard (Sandra) Drennan, of Inman; a niece and nephews; and many special cousins.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Gordon was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Gene G. Carroll.
A graveside service will be held at 10 AM Saturday, June 11, 2016, in Williamsburg Cemetery followed by a memorial service at 11 AM in Kingstree United Methodist Church. Mr. Gordon’s family will receive family and friends following the service in the Fellowship Hall of the church and at other times at their home.
Memorials may be made to Kingstree United Methodist Church, 510 Longstreet Street, Kingstree, SC 29556 or McLeod Health Foundation, Hospice, PO Box 100551, Florence, SC 29502.
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