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H.M. Patterson & Son-Oglethorpe Hill Chapel

4550 Peachtree Road Ne, Atlanta, GA

OBITUARY

Susan Myrl (Hunter) Gordy

October 22, 1943September 6, 2020

Susan Myrl Hunter was born on October 22, 1943 to McArva Allen Hunter and Gene Nash Hunter in Atlanta, Georgia. She grew up in Sandy Springs on Peachtree Dunwoody Road when Sandy Springs was considered the ‘country’ and pastimes were building pine straw forts and picking blackberries.

Susan graduated from Sandy Springs High School and then attended Gulf Park College, a girls school in Gulfport, Mississippi where she did a radio broadcast for the college. Hurricane Camille destroyed the college in 1969 so she then attended University of South Carolina and graduated with a degree in Journalism. She has always had a gift with words and telling stories. She put those gifts plus her love of fashion to work as a fashion coordinator for J.P. Allen, Davidson’s (Macy’s) and then Lord & Taylor.

In 1972 she married W. Frank Gordy, Jr. Frank taught her to fly fish and shoot skeet. When Frank passed away Susan stepped in to run the Varsity Jr. on Lindbergh Drive. It didn’t take long for her to give up her silk blouses and Chanel shoes as she took the reins and was always behind the counter serving up her best “What’ll ya have?”!

Susan cherished her friends, loved giving parties and she loved giving gifts, not only on Christmas and birthdays but also Halloween, Valentines, Easter and Fourth of July. She supported her church and donated to The Ronald McDonald House and The University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. She had a special love for The Atlanta Humane Society and served as a board member. At one time she had 9 rescued dogs living with her. In 2013 Susan received The Buckhead Girls Club Woman of the Year award. More recently she became involved in Daughters of the American Revolution where she put her talents of writing and her love of American history to work producing the flag facts for each meeting, even if she couldn’t be there in person.

Susan passed away on September 6th after a courageous fight against breast cancer. She was a life long resident of Atlanta and had many friends, making new friends everywhere she went. We are saddened that during this time of COVID we aren’t able to honor and celebrate her life in the grand style that she would have loved. A private graveside service will be held at Arlington Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to The Atlanta Humane Society, The Ronald McDonald House or Second-Ponce de Leon Baptist Church. Arrangements by H.M. Patterson & Son - Oglethorpe.

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John Joy

September 21, 2020

I was fortunate to meet Susan about 25 years ago while working at Rich's.I knew when I met her she was a wonderful person.And that she was!She was a true Doyenne of Great taste and style but above that she was very kind and generous to me.I Loved hearing her wonderful stories of a life well lived.I didn't grow up in Atlanta and to me she represented all that was wonderful here.She was an icon in this city.I am very Grateful to have known her and treasure our frienship.I loved her dearly!

Susan Hendricks

September 21, 2020

I was very lucky to have Susan as my roommate our senior year at the University of SC after we both transferred from junior colleges. Her creative energy and joie de' vivre were inspirational at the time we were just entering our adult lives. I'm not surprised to learn of all that she accomplished over her lifetime! May she be remembered as an amazing and unforgettable woman.

Heather Lowrie

September 15, 2020

I was Blessed to meet Mrs. Gordy just this year, to help her at her home to organize. She was a very gracious lady, poised, classy, & beautiful, especially inside. I will miss spending time with her & listening to her great stories about her family she loved so much, over dinner we would pick up from the Colonade. Blessed to have these precious memories of her 💜🕊

Joseph Brandon

September 14, 2020

Great times , Great LADY.... RIP My friend......

J. Brandon, III

Ann Carolin

September 13, 2020

Susan was a dear family friend. One day she literally gave me the coat off of her back. I mentioned one day in passing that I liked her coat, and she took it right off and handed it to me. Her generosity and enthusiasm could not be matched. We all loved her, and she will be deeply missed. xo

Randy Williams

September 13, 2020

Mrs. Gordy,
I have never forgotten you, nor Frank. I remember all the times Dad and I were at your home on so many occasions like cookouts, as a young boy. Even as a young married adult when I came to see you, at the Jr. Varsity, you were always welcoming.

You are in good company now. Your husband, Frank; Congressman Larry McDonald, and my dad, Charlie Williams. I can only begin to imagine the welcome they gave you.

It saddens me to see you are gone. You, and those I mentioned were great patriots, and Americans. The John Birch Society has lost a valuable lifelong member.

Know that all of you influenced me to be the same in every way. I will continue the fight for all you. It's your time to rest. You earned it. I'm proud to carry the torch for all of you carried now.

Randy Williams

Lois Michalove

September 12, 2020

Susan was a dear beautiful person and we shared our love for Yorkies. She never knew a stranger and was kind to all. Please Rest In Peace.

Shirley Myers

September 11, 2020

Susan loved and celebrated life; she was the most energetic woman I’ve ever known. She loved her animals like no one I ever knew. I was lucky to have met her in 1985, and I rented her guesthouse for 13 years. I have vivid memories of several incidents - one involving her stolen Jaguar, and one when Atlanta had a horrendous snowstorm when we were without power for over a week. I send my love and condolences to her family.

Austin Davis

September 11, 2020

She will certainly be missed. Always enjoyed our chats. Sad day for us when the Varsity Jr closed. Always loved to go given the proximity to our house. Hope they bring one back in her honor. RIP!!

Bob Townsend

September 10, 2020

Susan’s mother Mac and my aunt Sara were neighbors on Peachtree Dunwoody and great friends. Sara always spoke so highly of Susan. After my aunt’s funeral in 2000, Susan took us to lunch at the JV which was the last time we saw her. Our sincerest sympathy to her family and friends.

FROM THE FAMILY

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