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Gordon was born in Brooklyn, Mississippi on February 9, 1920 to Henry Samuel and Lula Eleanor Simmons Shattles. He went to be with our Lord on March 6, 2017 at the age of 97. He is preceded in death by the love of his life, Geneva Green Shattles with whom he shared 71 years, and a son, Gordon, Jr. He is survived by his daughters, Eleanor Morris and Brenda Fohlmeister (Uwe), his daughter-in-law, Ann Shattles, and his grandchildren, Terri Morris, Robyn Fohlmeister, Brian Fohlmeister, Gordon Shattles III (Christy), Chuck Shattles (Reggie), and John Shattles (Ellie), as well as 4 great-grandchildren.
After graduating high school Gordon served in the Civilian Conservation Corps. He enlisted in the US Coast Guard after Pearl Harbor and served in the South Pacific during WWII. After the war, he and Geneva settled in Pasadena, Texas where they worked and raised their family. He spent most of his working years as an oil salesman. After he retired, they moved to Frankston, Texas where he began a new career as a real estate broker.
Gordon was Past Master of the William Foster Masonic Lodge #312 AF&AM in Frankston and receiver of the Golden Trowel award for over 65 years of dedication and service to Masonry. He was ordained as a deacon in 1987 at the First Baptist Church in Frankston and also served as a deacon at Norwood Heights Baptist Church in Palestine, Texas.
Gordon enjoyed people. He was a loving father who raised his children in the church and who encouraged them to pursue their dreams. He enjoyed telling old stories and jokes, but, most of all, he loved to laugh. He will be sorely missed by his family and friends.
Published on March 8, 2017
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