The Dedication of the Vernon E. Gordon Bell at the
Crossroads Presbyterian Church on December 03, 2006.
The "Bell Tower" was built at the direction of Elders
of the Crossroads Presbyterian Church. The details and the personal responsibility were carried out by Rick Stogsdill
with much encouragement from Keith Kirkland. It was completed in the Year of Our Lord - November, 2006.
A Prayer of Gratitude for those who planned, contributed to, worked with, and constructed the Bell Tower was given by
Elder Keith Kirkland.
The following alliteration Honouring Vernon E. Gordon was was then delivered by Elder Bill Brummett:
E. Gordon was born on August 19, 1910 in the community of Desert, Texas. His parents were James Wilson (JW) and
Pearlie May (Vernon) Gordon and his paternal grandparents were Joseph Gordon and Una Pate Gordon. His maternal
grandparents were Jim Vernon and Minnie Carraway Vernon. Joseph Gordon was a founding elder of the congregation of the
Crossroads Presbyterian Church.
Vernon graduated from Whitewright High School and went on to study at Austin College, a Presbyterian affiliated
institution, in Sherman, Texas.
In college, Vernon met Isabel May -- they fell in love and were married in July of 1950. They moved into the home that
Vernon and his father built for their honeymoon in which he currently lives.
As a tiny baby, Vernon was brought to the Crossroads Presbyterian Church when it was located South of its present
day location - across Highway 121. He was Baptized in 1911.
Vernon came to Christ as a believer when he was 8 years old. Vernon is now 96 years old and has been a member
of the Crossroads Presbyterian Church for nearly a century. He is a living example of what it means to follow Jesus
Christ and to worship weekly.
There will be no other man like Vernon Gordon - God made his from a special mould and we have been blessed to know him as
a friend and fellow Christian.
For all that his family has contributed to the Crossroads Presbyterian Church and for all that Vernon means to
this church, for all of us, who together make up the Body of Christ, We dedicate this bell tower in Vernon Gordon's name."
Vernon himself then rang the bell which will call God's
People to worship for years to come, after which all members of the Crossroads Presbyterian Church were invited in
ringing the bell.
Sadly, Vernon passed away on June 23,
2007 and Graveside Services were held at 11 a.m. on Monday,
June 25, 2007. He was 96 years of age.
The Reverend David A. Sharp, who had recently retired as Pastor
at the Crossroads Presbyterian Church, officiated at the
service. Vernon was buried at the Crossroads Cemetery
located near the church grounds.
God looked around His
He found an empty place.
He then looked down upon this Earth
and saw your tired face.
He put His arms around you and
lifted you to rest.
God's garden must be beautiful, He
always takes the best.
He knew you were suffering; He
knew you were in pain.
He knew that you would never get
well on Earth again.
So He closed your weary eyelids and
whispered "Peace be thine"
He took you up to Heaven with
hands so gentle and kind
It broke our hearts to lose you,
but you did not go alone.
For parts of us went with you, the day
God called you home.