Imogene (Gene) Black Gordy, 79, of Hazlehurst, died Tuesday, February 23, 2010 at St. Dominic Hospital in Jackson.
Visitation will be 5pm-8pm Friday, February 26, at Stringer Family Funeral Home in Hazlehurst and 1pm-2pm Saturday, February 27, at Hazlehurst United Methodist Church. Services will be 2pm Saturday, February 27, at Hazlehurst United Methodist Church with burial in Hazlehurst Cemetery.
She was born August 28, 1930 in Marks, Mississippi to Judge E. C. and Velora Black, the sixth of seven children.
Ms. Gordy graduated from Mississippi State College for Women with a degree in Education. Teaching was her passion, and she invested herself in each student she taught. Not only did she impart knowledge, but she inspired her students to be the best person they could be. After many years in the public school system she took a position with the Adult Education division of Copiah Lincoln Community College. She continued to tutor individuals even as her health was declining.
As her children were growing up, Ms. Gordy served as a youth leader in the Hazlehurst United Methodist Church. Her heart and her home remained open to any young person who needed a listening ear or a bit of wise counsel. She truly lived the idea that “It is more blessed to give that to receive”.
Mrs. Gordy is survived by her daughters, Dianne Brown of Brookhaven; Sheri Todd of Southaven; Janet Aguilar and son-in-law Pedro of Hazlehurst; son, Fred (Skeeter) Gordy, Jr. and daughter-in-law Ramona of Douglasville, GA; as well as ten grandchildren and four great grandchildren. She will also be missed by Fred and Eileen Gordy of Lawrence.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in her memory to the youth programs of either Hazlehurst United Methodist Church of First Baptist Church of Hazlehurst, as she loved connections with both church families.