Gordon
Gordon a resident of Gardena for more than 35 years passed away peacefully on January 11, 2010. Born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, Dec.18, 1922, he attended Little Rock School for the Deaf, where he met the love of his life, Lottie Balentine. They married in 1946, had two daughters and moved to California in 1954, where they celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary this past Sept 21st. Gordon retired from Pennzoil, where he was a printer pressman, and was an active member and past president of South Bay Deaf Club. He loved bowling with the South Bay Silent Bowlers for many years. Gordy or Paw Paw better known to friends and family was fun, friendly and a giving man who loved animals and found great pleasure in telling jokes, and making people laugh. He was cherished by family and friends. He is survived by his wife Lottie, and daughters Janella Sullens and Viola (Tom) Pettigrew; Grandchildren Alana (Nino) Masellis, Johnny (Shelly), Jeff (Teri), and Jason (Chelsea) Sullens. GreatGrandchildren Shalee (Travis) Loeffler, Ryan, Jonnie, Josh, Stephanie Sullens and Alicia and Kristy Masellis; Great GreatGrand Daughter Gabrielle Loeffler. The memorial service will be held at Rice Mortuary Chapel on Friday, January 29, 2010 at 2:30 P.M. A reception will follow in Rice's Lighthouse Reception Room until 5:30 P.M.

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  1. Hello Lottie,Janella,Viola,Tom and to of the Vick Families & to all the Sullen families,I am so sorry and I realize what a great Husband,Father & Paw Paw, Gordie was!! I remember all the years we all had Gordie here,he was such a funny caring man, a father to all of us that was so close to your Dad,he loved life and all people, there was,nt a week that I did’nt show up to the vick’s house !!to stay and have a great time no matter what it was!!Me and John would toss a football for hours in front of you home,watch a RAMS football game an fight over it with Gordie,Always a great fun time John and I would play with those dammit dolls,Remember Janella&Viola Gordie thought we were nuts,but he always treated me good,as did your mother,she was a sweetheart,always joking too with Gordie,so we have lost a great “MAN” and no it won’t be easy to carry on without him here in our daily lives,I feel your loss,everyone who knew Gordie has too !!!The LORD our God has with him now an incredile Man,I send a prayer for Gorden Vick,to let him know we will are see him when our time on earth is over,O’what a glorious day that that will be……GOD BLESS the Vick Family Love all Donnie LLoyd PS I can’t wait to be back with Gordie&John I Miss you two so much With Love and respect always

  2. I have happy memories of my Uncle Gordon. He was a loving kind man with a sweet smile and always had a funny joke to tell us. I will miss him. Love and xoxo, Rosemary Ballentine Francis

  3. We wish you the peace and comfort you will have in the loving memories of the husband and father that you will hold in your hearts forever. We Love You, Keith, Ida, Jami & Madison

  4. Dear Lottie, Janella, Viola, Tom and family, I’m so sorry for your loss.I have only wonderful memories of Gordie (Paw-Paw). He made our childhood and teen years the best ever. Your house was the place we all loved to hang out at. I can remember sneaking in the back bedroom after some CRAZY nights. Vi and Jan, you said we could talk as loud as we wanted going down the hallway, but walk softly, so your parent’s wouldn’t feel the vibrations..I remember us “borrowing?” your dad’s car a couple times, when your parent’s were asleep, to cruise Hawthorne Blvd.I recall when Diane got picked up for curfew at the beach and we told the cops to call my mom, but we gave your phone number instead because we knew your parent’s wouldn’t answer the phone. Such bad girls we were. When I got in a fight with Emma, your dad let me stay with you guys. I remember Nana’s fried chicken and watching the first moon walk with your family. Gordie never got mad at us, but let us know he didn’t like what we did. He was so cool and I felt so welcomed at your house. You could feel the love he and Lottie had and the special looks they gave each other.They were so cute when they would get mad at one another, but you knew it wasn’t for long. Our hours of playing “spite and malice” and your dad calling us for dinner to eat “MEE LOW”. When I think of him, I can’t help but smile, because his smile was infectious. He was a great dad to you guys and I’m sure a wonderful PAW PAW to your kids and grandkids. You are so lucky to have had him for so long. I know it doesn’t take away what you are feeling, but please know how important he was to not only your family but your friends as well. I’m sure he is at peace and watching over all of you. Diane and I share your loss and send you are love. “Smile though your heart is breaking” and have peace in knowing you shared a wonderful man with many. With love to all of you, Denise & Diane

  5. With prayer and peace, I wanted to say paw Paw was a wonderful lovely man with many jokes to tell , He has had a nice long happy life and a nice family to keep going, I wanted to say I am sorry for his lost but he hasnt really left us just physically he’s still here looking at us and telling us jokes and making us think and remembering every moment of his time and love , so our hearts are smiling when we say his name because he will never be forgotten! I am so glad I met him I had so much fun chatting with him , My love goes out to Lottie his wife she is a wonderful lady with lots of inspiration and so devoted to her husband it makes me cry with joy to see such a couple succeed for 63 years ! I love them dearly within my heart! paw will always be here in my heart . My condolence goes out to Viola and Janella you both have been wonderful daughters to them and always making sure they are safe and taken care I also am very proud to be his granddaughter’s best friend shes like a sister to me , ( ALANA.) I wil always love her and be there for her at a time like this or anytime when she needs me, ( I love you sis)..I love you all very much… with love and peace God bless you all! Love ,Lisa

  6. To all of your family, I lift up prayer to you during this saddened time. I will always remember the times when our families were together growing up. Circumstances pulled us apart but certain memories will always bring a smile to my face. I am smiling today for the memories that I have of Gordy and Lottie. God Bless you all. Darren

  7. My heart is full with the joyfull memories of our beloved Gordie/Papa He will be missed. Big Hugs, Kathleen(Murphy)Lloyd

  8. My condolences to your family, My thoughts and prayers goes out to you, I am friend of alana and nino…May he rest his soul!!!

  9. Hi, Im Chris, Alana’s friend. I do not know Papa or his loving devoted wife Nannie. But I want to say Im sorry for the loss. Sure he was a great man around. My Condolenses to the family. Chris,Mooresville,NC soon to Modesto,CA.

  10. I was so sad to hear of your loss. what a loss for Lottie. Just thinking of your Dad reminds me of mine own parents and all of us growing up together.He was bigger then life, he will be missed. Janelle and you Viola be strong your mom will need you.

  11. Just want to let all know we are thinking about you and keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. We will not be able to attend on Fri. Lar has a Dr. appt and I have to work..Gordy will be missed, he was a very special guy! Our love to Lottie and pray she is doing ok…

  12. Dearest Lottie, Viola, and Janella and loved ones… I am sorry to hear the sad news. Yet rejoice in having shared so much life with you all. My childhood fond memories are flooded with Mr.& Mrs. Vick, their home, their girls, their dogs, the South Bay Deaf clubs and parties, and their candy dishes! Mr.”Vick” often told us that he was the last “Vick” to carry on his family name. Yet we all know how he was larger than life. I remember a Halloween party at my parents home where he walked in with Vicks vapor ointment under his nose/upper lip (making it look like a snotty runny nose)… He told us he was “VICKs!” So cheerful and always silly. We will never forget the day of my Dad’s (Eldon) funeral: When to everyone’s horror Gordon in his wheelchair fell over, and then he proclaimed loudly “Eldon pushed me!” His quick wit & great sense of humor made even a time of sadness turn light hearted and fun. Yes he is missed. But forever in our hearts and we can easily find him there in our memories,& in all his jokes! May the Lord comfort you all and hold you close to His heart always. Tight hugs… Carol “R” (Worm)

  13. Denise sent me this website and I was so happy she did. It was great to see the video! It brought back such memories. Your dad was always such a sweetheart. Give your mom a hug, she might remember me! Would love to see Viola & Janella sometime. Take care, Sharie

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