John Thomas "Poppa John" Gordy

Male20 October 1904–5 February 1961

Brief Life History of John Thomas "Poppa John"

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.

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John Thomas "Poppa John" Gordy
Margaret Ruth Poe
Marriage: 2 February 1928
John Thomas Gordy II

Sources (2)

  • John T Gordy, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Marriage record of John and Margaret Gordy

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    2 February 1928Garland, Arkansas, United States
  • Children (1)

    Parents and Siblings

    Siblings (2)

    World Events (8)

    1906 · Saving Food Labels

    Age 2

    The first of many consumer protection laws which ban foreign and interstate traffic in mislabeled food and drugs. It requires that ingredients be placed on the label.

    1906 · Diamonds Found Near Murfreesboro

    Age 2

    In a 37- acre plowed field in  a state park in Murfreesboro, Arkansas visitors are able to go looking for diamonds. This was the site for the first diamond discovery in 1906. Through the years more than 33,100 diamonds have been found at the Crater of Diamonds. 


    Age 16

    The Prohibition Era. Sale and manufacture of alcoholic liquors outlawed. A mushrooming of illegal drinking joints, home-produced alcohol and gangsterism.

    Name Meaning

    Scottish: unexplained.

    French: variant of Gord ‘heavy, dull, sluggish’.

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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