“I am really proud of my daughters. I love my family, my beautiful family of daughters, son-in-laws, grandchildren and great grandchildren. I have tried to take care of my family and be a leader and that’s what keeps you young,” he continued.
“I treat people like I want to be treated and I couldn’t have made it through this little life without my little woman and that is all there is to it,” said Loy Gordon with a laugh.
The little woman in his life, Nona was born to Georgie and Ovel Meyer in New London on Sept. 18, 1937. They came to Texas by way of Tennessee, Kentucky and Oklahoma before arriving to the oilfields in East Texas.
Nona was told her father was enjoying a football game at the time of her birth and had to be paged to get home in time. The announcement of the birth led three of his sisters to turn cartwheels. Thus, football games and celebration of life set the scene for Nona’s life. Through most of her school years, Nona attended New London and Leverett’s Chapel Schools and it was from Leverett’s Chapel High School that she graduated. At school she learned to play the piano and organ by reading notes, but in order to play at her church she had also had to learn to play by ear.
Loy’s family came from West Texas to Kilgore in 1931. They had worked on a ranch in West Texas and moved to Kilgore as house movers and operated under the name of Gus Gordon & Sons. They were living on Choice Street in Kilgore when Loy was born. His parents were Jeff and Nora Gordon. Loy played sports while attending Kilgore Schools and was introduced to Nona at a football game.
The couple married after Nona graduated and 6 days before she turned eighteen years old. The couple had two daughters, Cindy and Charlotte. Cindy started singing in church at age five and at age six could play the piano and organ. Charlotte joined in at age four and the mother-and-daughters team was soon dubbed the Gordon Trio entertaining at churches and organizations throughout East Texas.
In 1961, while working for Delta Drilling, Loy fell 60 feet from derrick. His back was injured but four days later, he walked back into the office. In 1965,
He became partners with his dad in the house moving business.
“I have moved houses and buildings all over the country,” said Loy. “But, I got my real estate license and sold real estate. I would buy houses fix them up and sell them, too. After retirement he went to work at Wal-Mart, then 12 hours a day 7 days a week.
Nona also worked outside the home at Kilgore Ceramics, city hall and retired from the East Texas Treatment Center. While working she became a member of the American Business Women’s Association where she was named Woman of the Year and Business Associate of the Year and was a member of Eastern Star.
When Cindy married “Lennie” Allen and Charlotte married Kenny Mobbs, grandchildren started coming and Nona and Loy took over babysitting.
“His house became known as Papa’s Boot Camp,” said Charlotte. “They would keep them instead of us sending them off to day care. Even today, Dad keeps his great-granddaughter who is 15 months old. I am so glad my kids and grandkids have had that opportunity to be in the same place to grow up.”
Now, with Loy being 81 and Nona 80 the couple are still going strong. Along with babysitting duties, Loy helps Charlotte putting out Mobbs Real Estate signs, title work and other things needed. Not too long ago he was on the roof of Charlotte’s office, cleaning out the gutters.
“I still do my own yard work to Charlotte’s dismay,” said Loy. “They just don’t realize you are as young as you feel.”
On a greyhound bus trip to Branson, Missouri for their 50 th anniversary, the couple was named Most Congenial. They have now been married 62 years and the title still fits and their roots are strong in Kilgore.
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