Bob Gene Gorden, age 81, of Mena, died Monday, September 14, 2015 at his home in Mena. He was born on November 2, 1933 to George Washington and Beulah Nash Gorden in Rocky, Arkansas.
Bob served his country in the United States Air Force during the Korean Conflict. He flew 44 night interdiction missions as a B-26 aerial gunner with the 3rd Bomb Wing’s “Grim Reapers” squadron, receiving the Air Medal for meritorious achievement. After the service, he married Sarah Cross on October 8, 1957 and moved back to Polk County to start his life. He was the owner and operator of the Lion Service Station in Mena for many years. He then worked as agent for M.F.A. Insurance Company, winning awards for his achievements. For over 45 years, Bob owned Bob Gorden Livestock Auction in Potter. The proudest moment in Bob’s life was winning Polk County Farm Family of the Year in 2013, followed by winning the Western District of Arkansas that same year. Bob was a loving, husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend, and will be missed by all who knew him.
He is preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Dennis Gorden and Argus “Buck” Gorden; one sister, Mary Primm; two nephews, Bill and Dan Walston.
Bob is survived by his wife of 58 years, Sarah Gorden of Mena; two sons and daughters-in-law, Brent Gorden and Deidra Garrison of Mena and Kent and Dena Gorden of Jacksonville, Arkansas; four grandchildren, Tosha Lance and husband, Mike of Waldron, Kyle Gorden and wife, Treell of Bryant, Katy Gorden of Jacksonville, and Ally Hull of Jacksonville; five great-grandchildren, Kailie Brewer, Abigail Lance, Andrew Lance, Archer Gorden and Timber Gorden; special friend, Kim Trickey and his sidekick Petie Dog; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.
Funeral arrangements will be Thursday, September 17, 2015 at 1:00 P.M. at the Dallas Avenue Baptist Church with Brother Max Deaton and Brother Chad Hill officiating. Internment will follow in the Pinecrest Memorial Park under the direction of Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena. Visitation will be general.
Pallbearers will be Brent Gorden, Kent Gorden, Kyle Gorden, Jamie Williams, Mike Lance, Gary Vaught, Sam Waters, and Jeff Johnson.
Honorary Pallbearers will be C.F. Brumbelow, Jerry Beaty, Kent Reading, James Quick, Grady Mays, Greg Peek, Tony Hooper, Roger Judkins and Bill Perry.
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