When John Thomas "Poppa John" Gordy was born on 20 October 1904, in Pine Bluff, Jefferson, Arkansas, United States, his father, Thomas Lucian Gordy, was 25 and his mother, Lillian Eleanor Mulvey, was 19. He married Margaret Ruth Poe on 2 February 1928, in Garland, Arkansas, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son. He died on 5 February 1961, in Nashville, Davidson, Tennessee, United States, at the age of 56.
French: variant of Gord ‘heavy, dull, sluggish’.