James Kenneth Gordon

Islander James Kenneth Gordon, Sr., died unexpectedly at his home Dec. 28.

He was 82 years old.

He was the husband of Joyce, to whom he was married for 63 years. The couple had known each other since elementary school.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Lucian and Valli Gordon, his brother, Odell Gordon, and a great-granddaughter.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by children Debi, Cindy (Richard), Ken (Christie), and Lisa (Steve); 10 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; his sister, Jean, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Per Ken’s wishes, there will be no public service.

During this difficult time, the family would like to thank the loving friends who have provided so much support and prayers.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to an organization close to Ken’s heart, the Ocracoke Working Watermen’s Association (www.ocracokewatermen.org) P.O. Box 1165, Ocracoke, NC 27960).

Twiford Funeral Home, Manteo, is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be expressed here.

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