William “Flash” Gordon, age 74, beloved husband of Mary Gordon, died Friday, December 24th from multiple organ failure due to complications from COVID-19.
Flash was a man of broad talents and tastes. He is remembered as a man who loved his friends and made friends wherever he went. He lived life in the moment and enriched the moments he shared with others.
He was born William Marvin Gordon III on the Ides of March 1947 in Miami, FL, where he was raised by his parents, Georgia and William Gordon II. When Flash was 16, he moved to Uvalda GA. After graduating from high school, he enlisted in the Army, where he served a tour of duty in Vietnam and received a Purple Heart. After his service, he held a variety of jobs, including surveyor, songwriter, musician, and horse breeder. Ten years ago he received a kidney transplant, which allowed Flash many additional years of a full and happy life.
His loves and joys were many. He loved his wife and friends, who became his family. He loved everything about horses, establishing a Thoroughbred horse farm, Flashlane, with wife Mary. Together they raised and groomed race horses. He also enjoyed reading as well as writing; in his later years he authored a novel about coming home as a war veteran. An avid football fan, Flash followed the Titans and enjoyed forming fantasy teams.
He loved music, especially Country and Western, playing, performing and writing songs; among the many artists who have performed his work are Alabama, Mel Tillis, David Allan Coe, Charley Rich, and Hank Williams Jr. One of his songs was recently featured in the movie Arkansas. His music documents his keen observations of love and respect for human life.
He is survived by his wife Mary, Mary’s Family in Wisconsin, an aunt and many cousins and friends in the Savannah and Uvalda Georgia area.
Plans for interment and memorials are being postponed to a safer time. In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested in his name to the ASPCA, Wounded Warrior Project, or National Kidney Foundation.
Robertson County Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
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