Roxie Johns Gordon
Roxie Johns Gordon peacefully passed away at the Fort Walton Beach Hospital on 22 September 2018. She was born on 5 December 1938 in Wausau, Florida. Roxie was preceded in death by her beloved parents, Lloyd and Dovie Rogers Johns; son, Steven Glenn Gordon; half-brothers Tee and J.D. Hicks; and sisters, Dot McDonald and Marie Boyett.
Roxie is survived by her loving husband of almost 60 years, Gary Dean Gordon; her beloved son, Dean A. Gordon (Patricia Ann); her brothers, Olen and Rolen Bill Johns; and her sister, Louise Pettis.
Roxie graduated from Vernon High School in 1956 where she was a cheerleader, a member of several clubs and elected Student Council Representative and Carnival Queen her senior year. Comments in her yearbook attest to her popularity and likeable nature. After leaving high school, Roxie planned to enter nursing school, however, that dream was interrupted through relocation to be with family members in White City, Florida. She then found employment in the bookkeeping department at the Dupont Box Plant.
Roxie and Gary first met at Wimico Lodge in White City during the summer of 1958, and as the old saying goes, it was love at first sight. They were each baptized at the White City First Baptist Church, Roxie on 14 September 1958 and Gary on 30 November 1958, where they accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, to be followed by marriage on 12 December 1958.
During the following seven years, Roxie and Gary relocated to Port St. Joe, Tarpon Springs, and Fort Walton Beach, Florida. It was during that period Roxie gave birth to the boys of her life, Dean and Steven. Little did she know that FWB would be her final resting place.
Roxie was a wonderful mother and loved to be around people so, in 1965 she volunteered at the FWB Elementary School. About a year later, for the following six years, she was an Insurance Secretary at the Magnolia Medical Clinic. She next was employed by the State of Florida Health and Rehabilitative Services for twenty-six years. Both Roxie and Gary retired in January 1998.
During the following twenty years of retirement, Roxie enjoyed life to its fullest. She loved to go bass fishing, camping, vacationing to south Florida and Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge areas. Roxie was also an excellent seamstress and loved the end-of –the-year holidays and baking treats for caregivers and friends.
Perhaps the saddest moment in Roxie’s life was the loss of her beloved son, Steven, 19 March 2015. To those you who knew Roxie, I am sure she would like to express her thanks for your kindness, love and friendship. Roxie was like a second mother to many of her immediate family’s friends. May you enjoy life to its fullest and God Bless You.
The family would like to give a special Thank you to the Emerald Coast Cancer Center, FWB Medical Center, Beal Pkwy Wal Mart Pharmacy and store employees, Magnolia Medical Clinic, Retina Specialty Institute, White Wilson Medical Center, and Baptist Heart and Vascular Institute.
A Celebration of Life gathering in Roxie’s memory will take place at Emerald Coast Funeral Home, 161 Racetrack Road NW. Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547 on Thursday, October 4, 2018 from 6-8 PM. Casual, come as you are. In lieu of flowers, please make donations, in Roxie’s name, to your favorite charity. Thank you.