OBITUARY

Gordon Raymond Clutts

February 13, 1950December 30, 2017

Gordon Raymond Clutts was born on February 13, 1950 and passed away on December 30, 2017 in Murfreesboro, TN.

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Gordon Raymond Clutts

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Tom Eakin

April 1, 2018

Gordon and I were close friends living in Prince Georges County back in the late 60's. He spent may days at my house and I spent much time at his with his family. He was good friend and I always enjoyed his company. I appreciated his friendship and humor. Rest in Peace, Gordon. My deepest sympathy to the family.

Tom Eakin
3318 Curtis Dr.

Linda Papageorge

January 15, 2018

Gordon was a wonderful son, unbelievable brother and extraordinary uncle. Gordon was 8 years older than me, so growing up, I was the younger "pesky" sister, always following him around trying to tag along with his friends. But he never pushed me away, always being there and looking out for me no matter what.

He graduated from Suitland High School in Suitland. Md. in 1968. Upon graduation he enlisted in the military because he wanted to serve his country. Military life took him to many places, but he always returned home to visit whenever he could. He would always split his time up between mom and dad and staying at our house to visit with the boys.

He adored his two nephews, Steven and T.C., as they did him. He would always bring them tons of army stuff whenever he returned home. Not just the toys store kind, but the real deal. They had hats, jackets, pants, ponchos, canteens, backpacks, even K-rations. (Which by the way tasted terrible as I recall). They were the best dressed little soldiers in the neighborhood.

In addition to the anticipation at what Uncle Gordy might bring home, they just loved playing army with him. We had hundreds of toy soldiers, jeeps, helicopters, tanks, etc. and they would go down into the basement and play for hours, setting up battles and making base camps. And there was always plenty of time for wrestling.

When that was done, he and Tom, (his brother-in-law) would go out for hours scoping out one record store after another in search of some oldies album, tape and later CD that they had to have. At night we'd sit around and watch Steven Segal or Sylvester Stallone action movies.

When Gordon went to Iraq during Desert Storm, Steven's kindergarten class made a book of letters and sent them to him along with goodie packages. He was so touched by this act of kindness. When he returned home, he went to Steven's school and brought little gifts to all the kids in appreciation for what they had done. He still had those books in his possession at his passing.

When he retired from the military, he went to college and got a bachelor's degree so that he could work as a social worker. Mom and dad, as all of us were so proud of all he had accomplished. Many do not know this, but when he was in a very young child, he had become unconscious after tonsil surgery and was without oxygen for a substantial amount of time. He was in a coma for several days. My mom had told me they did not know if he would make it, but miraculously he recovered. When he started his college degree, he took an algebra class several times, but refused to give up. I was so proud of him when he passed that course because I remember what a struggle it was for him.

Helping those less fortunate than himself was all he ever wanted to do, as can be seen by the other entries here. He had great admiration for those on the police force and those in the health field. He would always tell me how special I was.....But he was the one who was truly special, always giving of himself to others. This was his passion. His life was truly one of service to others, service to God and service to his country. We love you, Gordon and will miss our times together, but you will forever live on in our hearts and souls.

Your loving mother, Claire, sister, Linda, brother-in-law, Tom, and nephews Steven and T.C.

Larry and Katie Hogan

January 14, 2018

A very dedicated volunteer to Ft Campbell religious education for 25 years. Thankyour generosity to God's people.

Heather Mendiola

January 13, 2018

Gordon volunteered much of his free time to Sacred Heart Catholic Community on Ft. Campell. Gorden loved to greet families and children not only to the Religious Education Program but also with Vacation Bible School for the entire Fort Campbell community. Gordon you are sorely missed my friend ❤

William Taylor

January 11, 2018

Gordon loved the Catholic Faith and demonstrated in many ways. He joined the Knights of Columbus, Fr. Francis L. Sampson Council #15914, at Ft. Campbell, KY., Gaining full Knight status. He assisted the council as a Trustee, volunteered for our Tootsie Roll drive to collect money for the mentally handicaped, and represented the council at the Room At The Inn, in Clarksville, TN. He will be sorely missed. Rest in peace, brother Knight, Gordon R. Clutts.

Tony Carmona

January 11, 2018

Gordon was a valued member of our community. He served in the following ministries
-Hospital Ministry (bringing communion to the sick)
-Religious Education Teacher for High School Students
-Greeted each person as them came to class and in church
-Lay Eucharistic Minister
-Lead Lector and trainer for lectors
-Always helped with fellowship activities

Gordon always made sure the church was neat and tidy before Mass and was normally there before everyone arrived. Almost every time I walked in the church he approached me excitingly sharing an article he just read in the Readers Digest. His excitement was childlike and always made me smile.


As a member of the Knights of Columbus he participated in ministering to single soldiers stationed at Ft. Campbell, participated in Wreaths Across America and help raised money to lay wreaths in the Hopskinsville, KY Veterans Cemetery. There is so much he did for our community and we appreciate it all and will miss him.

Even though Gordon had occasional financial set backs, he never lacked faith that God would always provide in his time of need; and God did. Gordon was always had some "big check" coming in and even though he needed this for his personal needs, he would seek me out to take a portion of it to donate to a local needy cause or buy food for our church emergency pantry. This demonstrated the type of man he was. We spent many hours talking about everything and anything but most of all his faith. He was rooted in his faith and never missed an opportunity to answer God's call when needed. I will miss my friend very much.

Francisco Galan

January 10, 2018

Please receive my condolences. God bless you all. Rest In Peace Mr. Gordon.

Lori Sylvia

January 10, 2018

Gordon was a very dedicated volunteer in our Catholic community when he was feeling better. I knew him as a religious education teacher who loved Christ and sharing his faith with young people. When his health started to decline and he felt he couldn't teach anymore, he became our greeter and welcomed families and especially the children with a warm smile and words of encouragement as they entered the chapel for class. He will be missed.

FROM THE FAMILY