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We are deeply honored to celebrate the life and memory of Ms. Yoketta Gordon! Born on July 29, 1970, in Madison, GA, Yoketta was the second daughter of Shirley Gordon and the late Joe Gordon, Sr.
As a young child, Yoketta accepted Jesus Christ as her savior, joining Springfield Baptist Church. She loved to attend services on Sundays, and church is where she acquired her famed passion for singing. One of Yoketta’s favorite things was sing with sisters under the loving direction of their grandparents, Irene and Milledge Gordon, Sr.; Yoketta soon became well known for her endearing ability to adlib and extend songs. Later, she even earned one of the coveted lead singer positions in the Springfield Junior- and Senior Choirs.
Yoketta received her early education in both the Putnam County and Morgan County School Systems. Upon graduating from high school, she made the brave decision to join the United States Army, where she served honorably. While in service, Yoketta passed many rigorous training exercises that strengthened her body and mind before eventually going on to work as a light wheel mechanic. However, Yoketta’s career didn’t stop there; after her tenure in the Army, Yoketta worked successfully with many other companies and businesses, including Bard Manufacturing, Denon Digital Industries, Ingles, and Walmart Distribution Center.
One of the most notable things about Yoketta Gordon was her loving personality; it enabled her to easily connect with others, both young and old. You could very well say that Yoketta never met a stranger! For her, every personal encounter became an opportunity to share her smile, laughter, and encouragement, all of which were welcomed by those who had the pleasure of interacting with her. Her unique ability to make almost anyone feel good invariably made others feel connected to her life. She had a beautiful spirit that constantly moved her to help others in whatever way she could; she truly possessed a “Servant’s Heart” to bless others.
To her family, Yoketta Gordon was a ray of sunshine who brought extra life and energy to every family gathering! She had the outstanding ability to vividly recall family history in startling detail. Family members would often look forward to hearing Yoketta’s jokes, and to seeing her hilariously re-enact memorable events family history with incredible accuracy. Yoketta often held court in her grandmother Irene’s living room, entertaining the family for hours on end with her antics.
Most of all, Yoketta deeply loved her children! The light of her life, she was extremely proud of them, and all their varied and wonderful accomplishments. Yoketta would often remark how very thankful to God she was for each one of her amazing and talented children.
To tenderly cherish her memory, Yoketta leaves her four children: Darrion Doffney, Desiree Doffney, Jayden Gordon, and Jordan Gordon; her siblings, Tammy (Antonio) Mullins, Joe Gordon, Jr., Shandel Moore, and Scottie Sims; her mother, Shirley Gordon; her special friend, Antonio Benford; her aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews, as well as countless other relatives and friends. Yoketta was preceded in death by her father, the late Joe Gordon, Sr.