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Gordon Topping

Gordon John Topping

July 7, 1943 - May 26, 2021
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Obituary

Gordon J. Topping, age 77, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on May 26, 2021.
He is preceded in death by his parents, John and Jessie Topping; his sisters Marjorie Topping, Moira Russell, and Christine Pollard; his son Stephen Topping, and his great-granddaughter Karson Kurz.

He is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Ann Topping; his children Carolyn Davis and her husband John, Jackie Stinnett and her husband Jason, Jon Topping and his wife Paula; and his grandchildren, Megan Topping, Paige Topping, Brooke Topping, Sophie Stinnett, Alex Davis, Emily Topping, Olivia Stinnett, Emma Davis, and Madison Topping.

From his birth in Glasgow, Scotland on July 7, 1943, and until his death, Gordon nourished those around him with love, faith, and kindness. He had the uncanny ability to reach people in a deep and meaningful way, and he dedicated his entire life to service of the Lord and to others. Gordon gave his life to the Lord at the age of 9. He was called to the mission field as a young man, and served in Senegal, West Africa for 12 years before returning to Scotland. Gordon then traveled the whole of Scotland as a salesman for 3M before returning to the ministry as a pastor in Cowdenbeath, Scotland. In 1988, God called Gordon to the United States, where he pastored at both Second Baptist Church and First Baptist Church in Pine Bluff, AR. After many attempted retirements, and a brief stint as a school bus driver, Gordon began working for the Arkansas Baptist Foundation in Northwest Arkansas before returning to pastor at Gum Springs Baptist Church in Siloam Springs, AR. Outside of pastoring, Gordon was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and uncle. He was the perfect role model for his family on how to follow the Lord and how not to take yourself too seriously, a lesson he learned from his father. He genuinely loved life, people, golf, the Razorbacks, and laughing at himself. Known as Papa to his grandchildren, Gordon spent countless hours at ballgames, dance and music recitals, school events and taking many trips to Cold Stone for ice cream. He will forever be remembered by his family and friends for his unwavering faith, love of music, and his impeccable sense of humor.

Visitation will be held at Rollins Funeral Home in Rogers on June 1, 2021 from 7-9pm. Funeral services will be held at First Baptist Church Rogers on June 2, 2021 at 2pm. Graveside will follow service at Yell Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Gum Springs Baptist Church, PO Box 1472, Siloam Springs, Arkansas 72761 or Camp Siloam, 3600 South Lincoln Street, Arkansas 72761.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, June 1, 2021 | 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    When
    Tuesday, June 1, 2021 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Location
    Rollins Funeral Home
    Address
    1401 West Hudson Road
    ROGERS, AR 72756
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  • Service

    Wednesday, June 2, 2021 | 2:00pm
    When
    Wednesday, June 2, 2021 2:00pm
    Location
    First Baptist Church of Rogers
    Address
    3364 West Pleasant Grove Road
    ROGERS, AR 72758
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  • Interment

    Location
    Yell Cemetery
    Address
    SILOAM SPRINGS, AR
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Ellen Nuckolls

Posted at 12:34pm
Dear Topping family,
Bill joins me in sending our sincere sympathy in the loss of Gordon. We will always remember himas welcoming, loving and fun to be with. Our son Bart was in Boy Scouts at First Baptist Pine Bluff, so we were connected to FBC for many years. We respected and appreciated his leadership and friendship. Our prayers are with you . Ellen Nuckolls, Pine Bluff
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Bill & Judy Brumett

Posted at 04:14pm
Gordon has a special place in our hearts. He helped me with some issues and provided good guidance to us. Love to family!!
 
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Bill Fox Posted at 08:52pm

Blessings to all the family. Thank you Lord for sending Pine Bluff a fine man!
 
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Suzy Roberts Stringer Posted at 10:15pm

My parents, Clarence and Genevieve Roberts, absolutely loved Gordan. He was there for them and our family when both of them past away. Such a wonderful man and friend.
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