Edward Foster Gordon

  • Born: April 18, 1946
  • Died: May 17, 2013
  • Location: Signal Mountain, Tennessee

Bennett-May-Giles County Funeral Home

1910 Elkton Pike
Pulaski, TN 38478

Tel. (931) 363-0828

Tribute & Message From The Family

Edward Foster Gordon of Signal Mountain, Tennessee peacefully passed away on May 17, 2013.
Born, April 18, 1946, in Pulaski to the late Foster "Bull" and Ruth Beech Gordon he graduated from
Giles County High School and went on to obtain undergraduate and law degrees from Vanderbilt University.

A true lover of Life, he effortlessly led those in his presence to do the same.
This passion was exemplified through his involvement in leadership development and
training until his final day. As Lifelong learner and avid reader he was graceful with his
words and eloquent in his writing. His joy of living, selfless giving of himself, and caring spirit will be forever remembered.

Visitation will be on Thursday, May 23, 2013 from 3:30 to 5:30pm at
Bennett-May-Giles County Funeral Home.

A memorial service will be held following the visitation in the chapel of Bennett-May-Giles County Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations in his honor to the charity of your choice.
His most recent efforts were focused on helping the homeless.

He is survived by his son Huntly Gordon; two daughters, Jennifer (Mark) Nolden and
Leah (Brent) Lee; his brother Philip Gordon and family; four grandchildren, Lillian Gordon,
Isabella Gordon, Ava Gordon and Seth Nolden.


Condolence & Memory Journal

We were so sorry about Edward. We enjoyed working with him when we started our business Professional Benefit Solutions, LLC. He was a good friend and we were blessed to be a part of his life. He will be greatly missed by his friends and family. Prayers for his family.

Sue and Jeff Braly

Posted by Sue Braly - Pulaski, TN - friend   June 04, 2013

Edward's death came as quite a shock to me. Over the past few years of knowing him I considered him a dear friend and mentor. He changed so many lives -- including mine -- with his intelligence, kindness, and selfless attitude towards living. His motto was "Never, Never, Never give up," a quote from Winston Churchill, a man he adored. Edward never gave up despite everything. He will always hold a special place in my heart. Rest in peace, friend.

Posted by Sean Phipps - Chattanooga, TN - Friend   May 25, 2013

My name is Tommy Lee Kidd and I have been working at Local Government Corporation in Columbia, Tennessee since 1989. I am looking at my Personal Leadership Certificate that I had framed given to me by Edward for going through his SunStone personal leadership course in 2001. From our very first enconter, Edward always struck me as a genuine, really nice fellow that had nothing but good intentions in his heart. I really liked him and think about him often. At the time I got to know Edward, my daughter had just been born with Down Syndrome. We had spent 65 days at Vanderbilt hospital through her birth and open heart surgery. In our discussions, Edward was genuinely caring and concerned about the well-being of my family. He was a great fellow!!! Thank you Jesus for allowing me the opportunity for my path here on earth to cross Edward's path. I live in Lawrenceburg and heard of Edward's passing on the local radio. My wife (Lesa), my daughter (Abigail - she is doing great now), and I will keep your family in our prayers.

Posted by Tommy Lee Kidd - Lawrenceburg, TN - Series of leadership classes   May 24, 2013

Today, I offer Edward Gordon's family the following.

My name is Jane Cardin Hicks. I live in Huntsville, Alabama and Edward Gordon is my cousin. We grew up on Sunset Drive in Pulaski. The Cardin backyard was the perfect place for all the kids in the neighborhood to come and play baseball in the summer and tag football in the fall. In the winter when the snowfall would come, we would sled down Edward and Phillip's driveway since they lived up on the hill. Occasionally. we would end up in Bill Bennett's front yard. We were kids having fun. Today, I remember....

When Daddy (Stacy Cardin) died in 1999, I wrote a eulogy to be part of his funeral service. During those early morning hours as I sat at my computer writing, I knew I would never be able to stand in front of those present and open my mouth. I remember praying, asking The Lord to send me the person who could. I knew this person needed to have a personal connection with my Daddy. Immediately, I thought of Edward.

Mid-morning our doorbell rang. Standing there was Edward bringing food for my family. Almost speechless and trembling, I invited him in. I explained to Edward that I had been waiting for him, that I had written a eulogy and had asked The Lord to send him to me. Tearfully, Edward said he had not done anything like this in quite awhile. I told him I understood....but I knew he was the person for this task and that I had faith in him and knew he would do a good job. Graciously, he consented.

Without doubt I affirm angels do live among us and when we ask, they do come to us to help us in our time of need. At that sad time in my life, Edward
Gordon was my angel. In my thank-you note sent him after Daddy's service, I told Edward he would always be special to me and that he had secured a special place in my heart. Today, my heart tells me others would say the same!

Rest in Peace

Jane Cardin Hicks

Posted by Jane Cardin Hicks - Huntsville, AL - Cousin   May 23, 2013


"May he rest in peace and smile in the lights of heaven"

Posted by Crispin A. Banda - Hartselle, AL - Friend   May 23, 2013

I worked with Edward in our homeless ministry in Chattanooga, Saint Matthew's ministry only since last fall. Edward had a fervor for the work and was a frequent contributor who made a great difference in some lives there in spite of his valiant struggle with his health. We offer condolences to his family in their grief over his loss and also celebrate his life and resurrection.

Posted by Henry Paris - Chattanooga, TN - friend and associate   May 23, 2013

This comes as quite a shock to us at Nick's Ristorante in Huntsville. Edward always enjoyed his visits to Huntsville for both business and pleasure while joining us for dinner and a nice glass of wine. Just spoke with him couple of weeks ago and know he was on the mend. Our condolences to the family and we will miss him.

Posted by Nick Mikus - Huntsville, AL - Friend and business   May 22, 2013

Denny and I are so saddened by Edward's death. Leah, Jennifer and Huntley please know that our hearts are with you at this time. May fond memories that your hearts hold help you through the days ahead. We love each of you.

Posted by Denny and Thesa Hastings - Shelbyville, TN - friend   May 22, 2013


my condolences to the children and grandchildren and brother Philip

Posted by Caroline Scoggin - Pulaski, TN - classmate of 1964   May 21, 2013


I was so sorry to hear about Edward. I hope you are doing well. My thoughts & prayers are with your family.

Posted by Betty Bennett Swalm - AL - Friend   May 21, 2013


With deepest sympathy.

Posted by Phylliss Payne - Knoxville, TN   May 21, 2013