Gordon Allen St. John

March 25, 1947May 1, 2019
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Gordon Allen St. John passed away peacefully on May 1st, 2019. He was 72.

Gordon was born in Elizabethton, TN in 1947 to William Berry St. John and Iris Nadyne Purcell. The youngest of two boys, Gordon spent his childhood in the mountains of Tennessee helping his father on their dairy farm. He and his brother Bill tell stories of waking up before dawn to deliver milk to the townspeople. During his teen years, Gordon saw the Rory Calhoun movie Thunder in Carolina. In Gordon’s words “that lit me on fire.” He spent the next few years learning the ropes of pit crew work for an up-and-coming racer named Herman Beam. NASCAR was in its infancy and Gordon was on the front lines to usher the sport into the mainstream. Gordon joined the US Army in 1967 and was honorably discharged in 1972. He served in Vietnam before returning to Tennessee to help his father maintain the family farm.

Gordon was a man of many trades – he was a disc jockey, draftsman, dairy and cattle farmer, and electrician, but his most treasured roles were of husband, father, and grandfather. Gordon met Gail in 1977 through a blind date set up by his sister-in-law, Rose and Gail’s sister, Donna. Gordon says he fell in love with Gail immediately. They were married for 41 years and in that time shared two children, 12 homes, and countless wonderful memories. Gordon’s children, Heather and Candice, visited every amusement park, tourist site, roadside attraction, and duck pond on the east coast. His grandchildren, Noah, Isabella, Henry, Hollie, and Olivia knew Gordon as Pop-Pop, a grandpa whose love and patience for them was endless.

Gordon greatly enjoyed his final role as Lead Facilities Engineer at ADT’s Sunbeam Road location. Gordon was a diligent worker who loved being part of the ADT family. He had hoped to return to work in May.

Gordon leaves behind his wife, Gail Underwood St. John, and two children, Heather Young and Candice Upchurch, and their spouses, Andrew Young and Kenneth Upchurch. Gordon will be deeply missed by the entire family, especially his 5 grandchildren, Noah, Isabella, Henry, Hollie, and Olivia.

Celebration of Life Service at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, May 17, 2019 at HARDAGE-GIDDENS FUNERAL HOME, 1701 Beach Boulevard, Jacksonville Beach. Private inurnment at Jacksonville National Cemetery, Jacksonville.


  • Gail Underwood St. John, Wife
  • Heather Young (Andrew), Daughter
  • Candice Upchurch (Kenneth), Daughter
  • Gordon will be deeply missed by the entire family, especially his 5 grandchildren, Noah, Isabella, Henry, Hollie, and Olivia.


  • Memorial Service Friday, May 17, 2019


Gordon Allen St. John

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Suzanne Gentry

May 11, 2019

I was so sorry to read about Gordon... our deepest condolences to his family and friends.

I knew Gordon from Elizabethton TN many, many years ago and hadn't seen him in that many years as well.. Thank you, Gordon, for the wonderful memories of those horse back rides up on E H St and Holston Avenue. He sure was a compassionate/kind man then and from reading all of these memories, he never changed..

Each of you are in our thoughts and prayers.. God Bless..

Peter Wicks

May 10, 2019

I was lucky enough to meet Gordon and to work with him for the last 18 months. I found him to be a kind and hardworking gentleman. He was always concerned about the people that worked in his building that they were taken care of. I trusted him enough to have him be the lead for our team because I knew he would always lead by example. The only thing that was more important to him than his job was his family. He was proud of them and you could always see it in his eyes when he talked about his wife Gail, or girls or grandkids. The pride and love that he held for them.
Gordon had a quiet sense of humor, but he definitely enjoyed a good laugh. A pleasure to be around.
We as his work family will miss him and remember him fondly.
We wish peace and comfort to his family.

Carla Craft

May 9, 2019

Gail St. John and Family,
May my condolences bring you comfort and may my prayers ease the pain of this loss.
I am going to miss all of you. Gordon was one of the sweetest and loving person that I have ever know. He loved his family deeply and he was very proud of them.
I offer you my thoughts, prayers and well-wishes during this dark time in your life.
One of my greatest memories was when I had moved to the Sunbeam location. We were given the task of decorating the Christmas Tree in the lobby. I mentioned I had missed decorating the tree and listening to Christmas songs.... he busted out singing Jungle Bells. That was my best memory of Gordon. A Very Good Man..

Carla Bostick

May 8, 2019

I was lucky enough to meet Gordon at ADT. Gordon was a kind, caring man with a heart of gold. Gordon and I had many great talks from our hobbies to the love of our families. Gordon was a special man who went out of his way to ensure we all had what we needed. My deepest condolences to each of you, he will truly be missed💙

Marci Connell

May 8, 2019

Pop pop would occasionally help Candace out and pick up Noah, Bella and Holly. He always had a smile and a calm patience about him. You could tell how much he loved them and loved spoiling them- as each time he picked up they asked for dinner at a random restuarant! You are kisses Pop Pop!

Barbara Peluso

May 8, 2019

I worked with Gordon for many years, even before we both starting working for ADT. He was a kind and gentle man that I always enjoyed talking to. He had great work ethics and had a smile for everyone around him. I know I will surely miss him until we see each other again in that Glorious Home Coming, I am looking forward to fellowship with him for eternity.

Dolores Davis

May 8, 2019

My sincerest condolences to the family of Mr. Gordon. He was always a kind, gently man who was always trying to make everyone comfortable. I would always tell him to "get some rest Mr. Gordon". You are resting now Mr. in peace, you will be missed.

Dolores Davis♥

John Merlin

May 7, 2019

I worked with Gordon at ADT for close to 10 years. Gordon was a good colleague and friend and will be missed! I send his family my deepest condolences and prayers during this time of bereavement!

John Merlin

May 7, 2019

I worked with Gordon at ADT for close to 10 years. Gordon was a great, gentle colleague and friend and will be missed! I send my prayers to his family to be granted peace and tranquility during this time of bereavement!

Terri Lockwood

May 7, 2019

Gordon was my Tennessee brother at ADT. I always considered Gordon and Gail as friends as does my husband Greg. Gordon was a blessing to everyone he met. We all have an Angel in Heaven in Gordon. Prayers for Gail and the rest of his family. RIP Gordon!