Herbert Thomas “Buddy” Gordon

June 28, 1941 - September 5, 2023

06/28/1941 - 09/05/2023

Past Services

Saturday September 09, 2023
10:30 am - 11:30 am
Altmeyer Funeral Home - Southside Chapel
5033 Rouse Drive
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
(757) 422-4000 | Directions
Funeral Service
Saturday September 09, 2023
11:30 am
Altmeyer Funeral Home - Southside Chapel
5033 Rouse Drive
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
(757) 422-4000 | Directions
Saturday September 09, 2023
2:30 pm
Woodlawn Memorial Gardens
6309 E Virginia Beach Blvd.
Norfolk, Virginia 23502
757-461-4054 | Directions


Herbert Thomas “Buddy” Gordon, age 82, was born in Richmond, Virginia on June 28, 1941, to Mildred Wallace Denton and James Garland Denton. Mildred remarried James Marion Gordon and Buddy became H.T. Gordon.

Buddy studied at Nyack College in Nyack, New York, and RPI in Richmond, Virginia. He was a 42 year veteran of the Virginia State Police. He served on the Board of the Virginia State Police Association. He was a graduate of the Virginia Forensic Academy and served as Alumni President. He was a member of the Virginia State Police Alumni and served on the Board.

He served his Lord and Savior at First Norfolk Baptist Church and was an active member of the Shepherd’s Life Group. He was also a member of Young at Heart.

He was a member of the Kempsville Masonic Lodge #196.

Buddy was an avid baseball fam and supported the Washington Nationals. He played baseball at Hermitage High School as a left handed pitcher. He was offered a contract to play for the Pittsburgh Pirate when he graduated. He chose college instead of baseball.

He enjoyed salt water fishing, especially surf fishing on Hatteras Island, where he spent 25 years visiting his cottage in Salvo, NC, with his family.

He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Pamela Birdsong Gordon; two daughters, Lisa Gurganus (Charles) and Andrea Fischer; two step children; Helen Bricka and J. Douglas Barker, II (Ashley) and four grandchildren; two sisters, Barbara Whitecotton (George) and Carole Logston; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Services are scheduled for Saturday, September 9th, 2023 at Altmeyer Funeral Home – Southside Chapel, 5033 Rouse Dr., Virginia Beach, VA 23462. The family will receive friends at 10:30 AM with a funeral service to begin at 11:30 AM with a reception to follow. The graveside will begin at 2:30 PM at Woodlawn Memorial Gardens, 6329 E Virginia Beach Blvd, Norfolk, VA 23502.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Virginia State Police Association, Emergency Relief Fund, 6942 Forest Hill Avenue, Richmond, VA 23225.

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HC Davis
4 months ago

Pam, I am so sorry for your loss. I remember reporting to Area 32 fresh out of basic school in 1977, and Buddy soon welcomed all of us “newbies” to the area. He made it a regular event to host all of the folks in Area 32 at his home every month – he really made all of us feel a part of the family – although some of those “meetings” were hard to remember!

He always had the “connections” – once, I was in the area office and he came down from upstairs and said, “hey unit, the Goodyear blimp is in town – you want to ride in it?” Four hours later we are flying over Waterside – one chance in a lifetime!

I will surely miss Buddy the G –

Carolyn Lammers
5 months ago

Pam, I am so sorry for your loss.

5 months ago

I used to call him Mr.bud he was my neighbor while I was growing up, I would always go an get snacks at his house. 🥺 I’m so sad he’s gone! I will forever miss him. Thank you for being there for me. Love and miss you. Rest in peace beautiful angel 😣🙏🏼

Stacy Boyd
5 months ago

Rest easy Buddnias, The Boyd family has enjoyed our friendship here on earth. So very sorry for the Gordon family. He will be missed. Hopefully he an Mikie are meeting and watching the next Nationals game above us.

Larry Johnson
5 months ago

Pam, I want to extend my sincere condolences to you and all of Buddy’s family. I first met
Buddy At 5th Division HQ in 1985 when I reported to BCI. We developed a close working relationship from that time on. Both graduates of the Forensic Academy gave us a special bond throughout our careers. After retiring, we began another career as part-time applicant investigators where we worked for many years. I’ll always remember the times we met at Costco for a hot dog lunch (which he thoroughly loved). I spoke to Buddy a few weeks before he passed and as always he still had that good humor about him. I’ll miss the phone calls and of course, the email jokes! He was one of a kind! May he rest in peace…

Everette and Robin Herndon
5 months ago

Pam, we are so sorry about the loss of Buddy. He was a lovely soul. We pray for God’s comfort and strength to see you through in the following days. God bless!

Orren & Nancy Hinson
5 months ago

Pam, Orren and I are so very sorry to hear of Buddy’s passing. We know he is now with our creator. Or prayers are with you and the family.

Donald R Mathias
5 months ago

Buddy Gordon was one of the best friends I have ever had…They say in your lifetime you can count on one hand how many true friends you will have,meaning you could call him at two in the morning and say Buddy,I need your help and the only question he would ask was where are you and I am on the way..He was number one..We spent many hours surf fishing and enjoyed every minute of his company…Over the years we grew apart distance wish and kept in touch..There were not many days that I did not think of him and I always will…Wishing my deepest sympathy to Pam and to Buddy and Pams children..He is and always will be greatly missed…..Hope to see you one day with surf rod in hand..Love you Herbert Thomas Gordon !!

Brigid Kahng
5 months ago

Pam, I am so sorry for your loss. You are in my prayers 🙏

Claudia Combs
5 months ago

Nice guy. I remember when he reported to Area 32 from the basic academy with his two little girls.