Fallen Soldier Returns Home

By: Candace Barnette Email
By: Candace Barnette Email
The homecoming procession for a fallen soldier made its way through Meridian.

SPC Terry Gordon

 Here is the route for Gordon's Funeral procession on Saturday.

Leave Berry and Gardner Funeral Home at 9 a.m.
·         13th Street to 35th Avenue, Turn Left onto 35th Avenue and proceed to 8th Street.
·         Turn Left on to 8th Street and proceed to 23rd Avenue.
·         Turn Right and proceed south to Front Street.
·         Turn Left onto Front Street and proceed one block to 22nd Avenue.
·         Turn Right onto 22nd Avenue headed South  Proceed to Hwy 45.
·         Take Hwy 45 South towards Quitman; Proceed to Hwy 145 (Clarkco exit).
·         Turn Right; proceed south into Quitman to East Franklin Street (Chevron).
·       Turn Left and proceed to Kirkland Avenue, Turn Right and make the block around Quitman Schools.
The procession should exit Meridian on Highway 145 by 9:15 a.m. and arrive in Quitman at approximately 9:45 a.m.  
Following the Funeral service at Quitman High School Auditorium, the procession will make its way to the Campbell Cemetery on Highway 18 West along the following route:
·         South Jackson Avenue north to East Franklin Street.
·      Turn Left and proceed to Archusa Avenue; Turn left headed south out of Quitman to Hwy 18.
·      Turn Right onto Hwy 18 West and proceed  to Campbell Cemetery Road.

 

Anyone wishing to pay their respects at this time are requested to line the streets of this route at approximately 12:30 p.m. and 12:45 p.m.

Family, friends and strangers to Specialist Terry Gordon all lined the streets to pay their respects for the fallen soldier on New Year's Day. Gordon's homecoming procession passed through Meridian escorted by the Patriot Guard Riders, making the trip from Key Field to Berry and Gardner Funeral Home. Quitman Mayor Eddie Fulton says the loss is hard, but the military was Gordon's passion.

"He always had that military discipline, and I used to tease him, I said, 'Do you always go around looking like you're in the military?' and he smiled," the mayor says. "He had such an endearing personality with beautiful teeth. I said, 'Is this what you want to do?' And he said yes, this is the career he wanted."

Men and women stood to show their support as it passed. Friends of the family like Larry Edwards acknowledge that this loss will be especially hard on Gordon's family.

"I can only imagine what kind of impact it is because we as parents, we usually think that our kids are going to bury us, but unfortunately we're burying a lot of our young people," Edwards says.

But bystanders say just being present is the best way to show Gordon's family your support. And many shed tears for a man they had never met... who paid the ultimate sacrifice for his country.

"Showing the family support at a time like this is all that you really can do," Lauri Hoyt says. "You can't take away that pain, so you just show them that you share in your grief."

And Mayor Fulton says while he's glad to see such support, and he hopes even more come out in support for Gordon's funeral Saturday.

"I'm hoping that our citizens in Quitman, I hope they line the streets as he comes home. This young man deserves that respect," he says.


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