March 10, 1935 ~ September 4, 2020

Born in: Greensboro, NC
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Sidney Hamilton Gordon (85) died on September 4, 2020 in Asheville, NC. He was born in Greensboro, NC to the late Walter Albert Gordon, Jr. and Mary Polk Gordon.

He is survived by his wife, Gloria Paschal Gordon; son, Bruce Gordon (Sarah) of Winchester, VA; daughter, Beth Gordon of Arden, NC; grandchildren, Robert, Matthew, Alexandra, and Elise (John); three great grandchildren, Benjamin, Theodore, and Magnolia; brother, Albert Gordon (Rose) of Lexington, VA, as well as many beloved nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he is also predeceased by his great granddaughter, Daisy Stevens and sisters-in-law, Joan Paschal Mansfield and Jean Paschal Lippard.

Sidney graduated from Curry High School in Greensboro and earned his Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree at North Carolina State University and his Master of Science degree in Aerospace Management from the University of Southern California. At NC State, he was the “Wolf” his freshman year and later a cheerleader.

Upon graduation in 1958, he married Gloria Elizabeth Paschal. Their romance began during their Curry High School days and they enjoyed 62 years of a happy marriage.

He was commissioned a 2nd Lt. in the Air Force upon college graduation. After completing his three-year Air Force commitment, he attended Candler School of Theology at Emory University. During that time, he pastored four small Methodist churches on the Methodist Washington County Circuit in South Georgia. He was ordained a Deacon at the South Georgia conference of the Methodist Church in 1962, and his congregations were awarded “Circuit of the Year” at that conference. During the Cuban Missile Crisis, he returned to active duty in the Air Force and completed nearly 25 years of service, retiring as a full Colonel.

During his military career, he was an instructor in electronics, a Minuteman Missile Combat Crew Commander, a member of the test force for the FB-111 and ended his career in communications. His awards include the Legion of Merit and the Air Force Distinguished Service medal. He is a graduate of the Air Force Squadron Officers School, Air Command & Staff College, and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. After retiring from the Air Force, Colonel Gordon was an operations manager for Computer Sciences Corporation in northern Virginia for 17 years.

He was a life-long member of the United Methodist Church and served his church in many ways. Over the years, and at several churches, he served as Chairman of the Administrative Board, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Communion Steward, Usher, Stewardship Chairman, Choir member, Finance Chair, Teller, Sunday School teacher; and in his later years, as Property Chairman, when he spent many hours repairing the church building and parsonage. He especially loved working with youth and accompanying them on their mission trips to Mexico, New Orleans, Mississippi, Costa Rica, West Virginia and Virginia.

He enjoyed woodworking, stained-glass art, jitterbug dancing, clogging, playing racquetball, helping others, and fixing any and everything. A self-taught mechanic, he maintained and repaired his vehicles most of his life. He rebuilt the engines on two cars and once fixed his VW with a toothpick. He was known for his teasing and winsome sense of humor.

The family thanks the Givens Estates Health Center staff, Four Seasons Hospice nurses, and our special appreciation to Dr. Gloria Trujillo for her excellent care and compassion.

A private service of interment will be held at the Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Resident Assistance Ministry, Givens Estates, 2360 Sweeten Creek Road, Asheville, NC 28803 or to Lake Junaluska Youth Ministry (www.lakejunaluska.com). Groce Funeral Home’s Lake Julian staff is assisting the family.

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Private Burial:

Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery
962 Old US Hwy 70
Black Mountain, NC 28711

828-252-3535

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  1. How often in a lifetime can you know someone who leads a congregation of believers, joins warriors in the sky, rejoices with children on a playground And retools an engine? Who stays married to a woman, connected to his children and devoted to his work for so many years? What impact does this person have on all those people around him, warmed by his glow? What do they carry forward? Who do they become? Who would we be without his presence, and when does that presence cool, if ever? gordon means “beloved” In some places, and Even more in others. So many blessed.

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  2. We are so saddened by your loss. Stained glass, wood working and dance–I know we would have had a great time together. Prayers of peace, love and serenity to all of your family. I know there will be wonderful memories to share.

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  3. Love and prayers to you all. Such wonderful memories of fun times together at Andrew Chapel UMC, unending laughter at choir practice, Sid’s marvelous influence on so many teens via youth ministry, leading so much administration work of the church, and building and repairing an unending list of needs at church. So many people positively influenced by his wonderful life.

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  4. What a wonderful man! I was so blessed to have Sid and Gloria in my life. Their guidance and friendship is still special to me 20 years later. Much love to the family left behind.

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  5. So sorry for your loss Gloria. I remember you both fondly from Andrew Chapel. Sid had a wonderfully full life and I know was loved by so many! You and your family are in my prayers for comfort.

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  6. Gloria, you and your family are in our prayers. Laura and I enjoyed our times with you all in the ACUMC choir. May God bless you. We grieve with you.

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  7. I shall always treasure the time Sid and I spent building the bookcases for the new Library at Andrew Chapel (Sid doing most of the work and me holding the boards). Having just retired from the Navy, Sid helped beyond measure in my transition to civilian life. Gloria, you and your family are in Diana and my prayers. Sid, go with God into the wild blue yonder.

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  8. So many wonderful memories of Sid, and Sid and Gloria together. Will never forget our Sex Ed seminars, and Sid’s writing love notes to Gloria on eggs that were in the fridge and putting them back in the container for her to find. We love you, Sid.

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  9. Dear Gloria, we miss you and send our love and prayers in these times. Sid was so helpful to our family. Love from the Grunin family- Susan, Howard, Jason and Justin

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  10. Sid was such a positive and memorable presence in so many lives that were privileged to have their life paths cross with him. Christmas in April building projects, Sunday school classes, youth education on life with both Sid and Gloria, pot luck dinners, his sense of humor, his hospital visits and choir practices as a nun, plus the leadership in the life of the Andrew Chapel are just a few things we will all remember Sid for.

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  11. Wonderful memories of Sid – a life well-lived with love and laughter in everything he did. Sid was adored by our youth, admired and respected by adults. May the memories live on in each of us as we remember our brother in Christ. Love and prayers, Gloria, to you and your family.

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  12. Gloria, the mere thought of you and Sid brings a smile to my face and laughter to my heart! I have rarely laughed harder at risqué remarks and hairy legs! You both have positively touched so many lives. Our love pours out to you both, always! Bless you.

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  13. We have been neighbors of Sid and Gloria for only three years, but I can say they are loved and respected by everyone here at Givens. Sid certainly accomplished a GREAT deal in his life with the support and side-by-side work of his dedicated wife, Gloria. My love goes out to Gloria and family. Please know, Sid and Friends, that we will all be good friends and neighbors to Gloria.
    Rest in Peace Dear Sid.

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  14. Sid was one of the most amusing and amazing people we have had the pleasure to know. He wore his deep commitment to God, family, and community lightly but managed to assist and inspire everyone he encountered. Sid must have become angry at times, but it never showed or stopped him from reaching out to make life easier or more fun for others. His was a life that made a difference. He will be missed.

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  15. Sid sponsored Spencer and me on our Walk to Emmaus many years ago. He lived a life of faith, he laughed a lot, he loved a lot, he is a role model of loving the Lord and loving the people.

    Gloria, I you continue to feel his arms around you.

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  16. Remembering Sid’s beautiful spirit. Thinking of Sid brings such happiness to all our hearts. He did so much for others..adults and children. I remember Sid hanging the cross over the altar at Andrew Chapel. A life so well lived. Love and prayers to Gloria and family.

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  17. Sid had a unique combination of faith, hope, humor, and friendliness that few people have. We look back on our time with Sid at Andrew Chapel and realize how blessed we were to know him and Gloria. He was often puttering around the church making repairs and put in time helping with the phone book deliveries that the youth did as a money-maker for several years. We feel blessed to have had Sid and Gloria as our friends during our years at Andrew Chapel.
    Oh, yes, since Dan and I went to NC State for grad school, we also had the WolfPack connection with him.

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  18. Although Steve has way more memories and stories of his dear Uncle Sid than I, both of our lives were uniquely touched by this special man who lived quite a life! In our visits with him and Aunt Glo leading up to our marriage just 3 years ago, Uncle Sid gave us some exceptional “nuggets” of marriage advice, and of course, laughs to go along with it. We are SO glad we were able to laugh with him once again on our most recent visit in February. In fact, he gave me strict orders to “keep my hubby in line”. Yes sir! Much love and peace to the rest of our Gordon family–and to Uncle Sid…we salute you & will never forget you!

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  19. We were so sorry to hear about Sid. He had a tremendous impact on our family. He was always on a ladder fixing something, he dressed up like a Roman soldier for VBS and he sponsored Stu on his Walk to Emmaus. We were blessed to visit Sid and Gloria in Asheville. We were blessed to know him. Gloria, Our prayers are with you.

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  20. Sid you were my brother from another mother! It was a joy working with you at the church and having you around to pal around with. What one wouldn’t think of the other would! I will never forget the Poison Ivy incident clearing out the area for the preschool playground and playing jokes and just being mischievous. They broke the mold after you were born. You will be missed.

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  21. I’m so sorry for your loss. The few times I sat with Sid he was such a joy! And so full of sarcasm. He was such a wonderful person to be around.

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  22. My prayers and thoughts go out to Sid’s family. Such a wonderful soldier for our Lord. May God’s blessings and kindness continue to shine down on all those that Sid’s life touched.

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  23. God bless you, Gloria, and all your family! What a heritage you two have given them! We knew Sid from your time of involvement at Biltmore United Methodist Church. He would go on the youth mission trips and his knowledge and experience for fixing buildings and helping people sure came in handy. He had a nickname. He could think fast, move fast, laugh easily and kid with the best of them! He was like a kid with all the strength, courage, and like an adult with the experience of a good servant of his God who had lived life well. His nickname? “Sid the Kid” of course! He liked it because the kids gave it to him as a sign of affection and of respect. Great fellow!

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  24. My prayers are with Gloria and the Gordon family. I remember seeing them in worship at Biltmore UMC. I am not certain, but I have a vague memory that Sid and Gloria were part of our work team that went to Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina.

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  25. Sid was a great mentor and friend to us folks working in the Air Force communications business in the sixties through eighties. Our condolences to the Gordon family on the loss of a great Air Force officer and friend.

    Members and Friends of the Air Force C4 Association.

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  26. Condolences and prayers to the Gordon family. Thank you for sharing this outstanding Air Force officer with the Nation!

    Al and Jacquie Edmonds

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  27. Gloria, Maj Gordon and you were two of Diane’s and my favorite people way back in those HQ SAC and SATIN IV days when we were all young. I’m very sorry to hear of your and your family’s loss. Please accept my condolences.

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