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Gordon-Thomas William Gordon, 30, a resident of Jacksonville FL died January 7, 2018. Survivors include wife Joilice Woods Gordon, mother Jennifer C. Gordon, father Thomas S. Williams (decreased) siblings: Maria R. Barbre (Joseph), Thorn Canady-Gordon, Travis Canady-Gordon and Trenton Canady-Gordon. God-sisters: Staci Sapp-Lunford and Tammy Woodall. Godmother Ernestine Sapp and other relatives and friends.

Gordon attended local Duval Co. public schools, and graduated with his high school diploma from Arlington Country Day. In 2012, he graduated from Kentucky Wesleyan College with a bachelor’s degree in both Criminal Justice and Accounting, and a minor in Psychology.

Gordon played football for Arlington Country Day where he was named Second Team Class 1B.  He had a record of 1260 rushing yards on 106 carries for 26 touchdowns.  While a senior he recorded 140.0 yards per game average in nine starts and ran over 100 yards for his last seven contests including a season high of 210.  In his junior year, he had a rushing of 1519 yards on 148 carries for 23 touchdowns while catching 4 passes for 23 yards.

For the start of his college career in 2008 he competed in all 10 games. He was second in rushing with 372 yards on 58 carries, led his team in touchdowns (four of which were the longest rush at 41 yards), caught 11 passes for 64 yards, and had the longest reception 15 times. Gordon ranked third in all-purpose yards with a score of 679, fourth in scoring with 24 points, second in kick returns with 243 yards on 11 catches, averaging at 22.1 per return. He finished with the longest return of 44 yards.

In 2009, Gordon competed in the All-Great Lakes Football Conference selection. He was ranked the leading rusher with 555 yards on 147 carries and five touchdowns, tied for first in scoring with 30 points, placed second in pass receiving with 29 catches and 91 receiving yards. He also placed second in all-purpose yards with a score of 646. GLFC named him “Offensive Player of the Week” twice. First for rushing 102 yards on 19 carries and catching four passes for 11 yards against Indianapolis and the second time for rushing 229 yards, the fourth-best single game performance in KWC history. He accomplished this by making 22 attempts on 10.4 yards per rush and scoring three touchdowns. It was the second most in history at Kentucky State!

The following year Gordon ranked second in rushing with 320 yards on 81 carries and two touchdowns. He caught 16 passes for 119 yards and two touchdowns, returning one kick for 16 yards. With 455 all-purpose yards, he started seven games. Then in 2011, he rushed for 129 yards on 26 carries and one touchdown, with the longest run at 55 yards. Thomas caught seven passes for 66 yards, rushed 113 yards on 15 carries and one touchdown versus Kentucky Stated. He started four games.

After graduating, Thomas pursued a professional career in football. In 2012, he signed with the Kansas City Chiefs, but was later released. He then signed with the Wyoming Cavalry of the IFL in 2013, where he lined up as running back, wide receiver, and kick returner. Thomas appeared in eight games and had 559 all-purpose yards and five touchdowns. During this time, he also trained with the Buffalo Bills. In 2014, he played for the Bedmiji Axemen, also of the IFL, as a wide receiver and Greenbay Blizzard.

The viewing for Thomas will be held on Friday January 19, 2018 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. His celebration of life will be held Saturday January 20, 2018 at The Citadel Church of Jacksonville at 10:00 a.m. Arrangements by James Graham Mortuary 3631 Moncrief Road.   James A. Graham, LFD 

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  • Thursday, January 11, 2018
    Our staff will continue to keep your family in our prayers. We thank you for allowing us to serve your family.
    ~ James Graham Mortuary, Inc.
  • Tuesday, January 16, 2018
    Thomas you’re going to be Missed dearly I love you my friend. Sending my deepest condolences to the Family. You’ve impacted so many people in a positive way!
    ~ Tierra   Jacksonville, FL
  • Wednesday, January 17, 2018
    My prayers are with you all. God will give you strength to endure.Love you all
    ~ Delores Jones   Jacksonville, FL
  • Saturday, January 20, 2018
    My deepest sympathy to your family. A very handsome and accomplished young man. God loves Thomas more! May the angels of Christ comfort the family forever. Blessings
    ~ Irmatine Bealyer   Jacksonville, FL
  • Saturday, January 20, 2018
    My heart will never be the same. But knowing your at peace. Keeps me at peace. Our love is ever lasting. I appreciate all the great years. Rest In Peace baby. Continue to watch over me as you always have. I love you my Tazz. ~Tiffany (Princess)~
    ~ Tiffany Jackson   Jacksonville, FL
  • Tuesday, February 06, 2018
    Joilice, we're sorry to hear you are mourning the loss of your loving husband. May you find strength from the words of Psalms 46:1 which reads: "God is our refuge and strength, A help that is readily found in times of distress." What a loving God who cares about each one of us. He didn't intend for us to grow old and die. He thus has made the SURE promise of a resurrection right here on earth when it is restored to a beautiful paradise (Psalms 37:9-11, 29; Acts 24:15; Isaiah 55;11). Can you see yourself welcoming back to life your loved ones? What a joy it will bring all of us. You can go online to JW.ORG and find out more about this resurrection.
    ~ R&R Lopez