HIS LIFE'S JOURNEY
Vernard G. Gordon was born on November 27, 1947 in South Miami-Dade County, Florida to Queen Taylor. He was raised by Dave and Anna Felder of Naranja, Florida. Vernard graduated in 1965 from Mays High School and enlisted in the Air Force where he honorably completed his enlistment. He then attended the University of Miami. Upon graduation. Vernard joined the Navy and enjoyed a 19 year distinguished career as a Naval Aviator retiring at the rank of Commander. He went on to be a commercial airline pilot with Midwest Airlines.
After his second retirement, Commander Gordon spent countless hours volunteering with the organizations that he felt most passionate about, He loved his church and has served in many different ministries within Near Birth Baptist Church. He has served faithfully as a Deacon, as a member of the parking team, with the African American History Ministry, and with New disciples. Vernard was a member and volunteered extensively with the Tuskegee Airmen, the Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals, and the American Legion. Vernard lived a life of service; service to God, service to church and family, service to his country and service to the community.
He is survived by three children Kenneth Gordon, Vanessa Oates (Jeremy), and David Gordon (Charity). Also left to cherish his memory are his mother, Queen Taylor, and sisters, Esterlene Colebrook, Mary Dee Webster and Olympia Martha Love and brothers Willie Gordon, Matthew Taylor, Isaac Taylor and Joseph Taylor (Mary). Vernard is remembered with affection by his seven grandchildren who brought him great joy. He also left behind his loving friend Shaleem Olatunji, as well as a host of cousins, nieces, and nephews.
WHO ARE TUSKEGEE AIRMEN?
"Tuskegee Airmen" refers to the men and women, African-Americans and Caucasians, who were involved in the so-called "Tuskegee Experience", the Army Air Corps program to train African Americans to fly and maintain combat aircraft. The Tuskegee Airmen included pilots, navigators, bombardiers, maintenance and support staff, instructors, and all the personnel who kept the planes in the air.
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