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Elijah Riley Gordy-Stith  

Elijah Riley Gordy-Stith

July 28, 1997 – June 12, 2018

Elijah Riley Gordy-Stith, 20, son of Vicki and Bo Gordy-Stith, and brother to Joy and Eli, passed away Tuesday, June 12, 2018, surrounded by his family and friends. He died as he lived, giving life and love to others. With his strong, loving heart, Elijah courageously persevered through every trial with a resilient spirit that inspired everyone blessed to know and love him. Whether playing basketball, flipping off a diving board, or performing tricks on two wheels, Elijah rejoiced to run in his course, and amazed us who cheered him on.

Elijah’s beautiful green eyes stole our hearts, as he gave his heart to us. A patient teacher, Elijah always made time for others, especially children. His fun-loving and goofy side cheered us up whenever we were down. Elijah always found a way to smile in adversity. He loved to eat with family and friends – especially wings, ribs, and red beans and rice!

In his life, Elijah brought together several families to create one large community. In addition to his parents and siblings, he is survived by grandparents, Beverly Gordy, Pat and Donna Stith, Pete and Madeline, and Denise Santiago; his birth mother, Bernice Dubois; another brother; two sisters and a host of uncles, aunts, cousins, and friends who were part of Elijah’s family.

The family will welcome family and friends for visitation from 9 am until 11 am on Saturday, June 16, 2018, at Skyline United Methodist Church, 3100 Skyline Drive, Wilmington DE (in Pike Creek) where a memorial service to celebrate his life will begin at 11 am.

In lieu of flowers, his family invites you to consider a donation in Elijah’s honor to Skyline United Methodist Church, Children and Families First Skyline UMC, or the Gift of Life Gift of Life for Elijah.

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  1. Madeline and Pedro, June 14, 2018

    You were a ray of sunshine in our lives. Your goofeyness our joy. We love you so very much that our hearts ache and is broken. We take solice in knowing that you will be one of God’s angels and we will be able to feel you around us.
    Spread your wings as you are free. Until we meet again my love, our grandson our happiness.

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  2. Jose Rivera, June 14, 2018

    Love u Elijah, u will be missed with your funny self fly high nephew Tio Jose loves u

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  3. Helga Roth, June 14, 2018

    I so badly wanted a happy ending for this boy, and I’m so sorry for this terrible loss. Sending out long-distance hugs and prayers of support for the whole family.

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  4. Lauren Dianich, June 14, 2018

    Vicki, Bo, and Family,
    My heart is with you and hopes peace comes to your family. Elijah is in a beautiful place and the love of your family helped him on his journey. Love, Lauren

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  5. Harry Marrero, June 14, 2018

    This from the Marrero family and your long distance aunt even we did not knew you that well but your part of us we sent prayer to my niece Denise Santiago and his entire family and god will give strength to all of the family

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  6. Denise Snyder, June 14, 2018

    Vicki, Bo, Joy and Eli,
    My heart and prayers are with you as you celebrate Elijah and all he meant to those he loved. I am sorry I cannot be with you to share in the celebration. Love and peace to each of you.

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  7. Janet and Ron Yaroff, June 14, 2018

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all! Much, much love

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  8. Cheryl Wagner, June 15, 2018

    So very sorry to hear of your family’s loss. May our Lord of comfort, grace, mercy, and peace fill your hearts as you mourn. We will be keeping all of you in prayer.

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  9. Jenneane & Jeff Taylor, June 15, 2018

    Bo & Vicki, This shocks and saddens us to hear. There are no words to tell you how sorry we are. Please know that you all are in our thoughts and prayers.

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  10. Claudia Steele, June 15, 2018

    Vicki, Bo and family, my heart goes out to you for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this very difficult time. John 3:16. Love, Claudia Steele

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  11. Tom Edwards, June 15, 2018

    Bo and Vicki,
    I am so sorry for your tragic loss. I can’t imagine what it is like to lose a child. Sometimes the emptiness we feel at the time of a loss is almost unbearable. But we know that the love of God can fill that emptiness with hope, comfort, and peace.
    Blessings!
    Tom Edwards

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  12. Lauren Ledoschuk, June 15, 2018

    Our heart is with you and your family!! Many prayers through this difficult time!! – The Ledoschuk Family

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  13. Martha Clow Rothschild, June 15, 2018

    I am so incredibly sorry to hear about the loss of Elijah. I enjoyed meeting and chatting with him at Robin’s wedding and am thankful I got that opportunity. I just wish I had more opportunities like that to enjoy his company. You all are in my thoughts and prayers. I wish we were able to come to the funeral, but just know we will be thinking about you and sending hugs from Georgia. Love to all.

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  14. Maria Claudio, June 15, 2018

    TO THE FAMILY I’M VERY SORRY FOR YOUR LOST ELIJAH GOD HAS A ANGEL YOU ARE IN GODS HANDS NOW I KNOW YOU LOOKING DOWN ON US ELIJAH YOU ARE MISSED A WHOLE ALOT BUT NEVER FORGOTTEN

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  15. Ryan Pryslak, June 15, 2018

    Bo, Vicki, and the entire family,
    My heart hurts so badly for all of you during this difficult time. I did not know Elijah, but I know that having a father like Bo, he was loved and cherished and very special.
    Nothing I can say wlll make any of this easier. Just know that I like many of you share in this grief and are praying for all of
    You.
    Rest In Peace and Rise in Glory, Elijah!

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  16. Patricia Foster, June 15, 2018

    Vicki, Bo, Joy and Eli. My heart is broken for you. I pray that God brings comfort and peace to you during this very sad time. ❤️

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  17. Charlene M Cody, June 15, 2018

    I Am Sorry For Ur Loss. He Didn’t Deserve To Die Like That. I Remember When He Was A Baby So Adorable. Now He Is A Beautiful Angel In The Sky .

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  18. december, June 15, 2018

    RIH, you will be truly missed, i watch you grow into a great young man, i love u, watch over us

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  19. Kiara Winslow & Nick Pinghera, June 15, 2018

    Elijah you will be missed. You were always a great & sweet kid. You will be dearly missed.

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  20. Jennifer Scott, June 15, 2018

    Dear Gordy-Stith family,
    So sorry for your loss-there are no words I can use to bring comfort but know you all are in my prayers. Blessings-Jen Scott

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  21. Allen & Clara Streett, June 15, 2018

    Vicki, Bo and family,
    We are so sorry for your loss, our prayers are with you.

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  22. Nicole Magnusson, June 15, 2018

    Elijah will be missed forever. He fought so hard to overcome adversity and the odds stacked against him. He was loved and will remain loved. Bo and Vicki are such amazing human beings and parental figures. They give everything they have and pour our their souls into their children. Elijah had to have known how much he was loved and that God loved him as well.

    On behalf of my brother, Kyle, condolences to the entire Gordy-Stith family. He regrets that he can’t be with you all physically, but is with you in spirit and is thinking about you all.

    Love and prayers

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  23. Mike Scheiern, June 15, 2018

    You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

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  24. Ellen Morris, June 16, 2018

    I am so sorry to hear of this loss of such an amazing life. Pastor Bo, Vicki and family please accept my most heart felt sympathy. If there is anything I can do please let me know. Ellen Morris

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  25. Woodie & Ann, June 16, 2018

    Vicki, Bo, Joy, Eli and family, we are so sorry for the loss of Elijah. We have you in our prayers for peace and knowing that Elijah is with God in His Heavenly Kingdom

    In His Holy Name.

    Woodie & Ann Herrin

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  26. Beth Reynolds, June 16, 2018

    My heart aches for all of you. I know how much he was loved by all of you and what a wonderful life you gave him. He will be dearly missed. I pray for you to have God’s peace and comfort and take care of each other. Love, Beth Reynolds

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  27. Kayliene Rivera, June 16, 2018

    To the entire family my deepest condolences!!
    May The Almighty Lord comfort you in this day and going forward. To Pete, Madeline, Pedro, Anthony & Dez my heart goes out to you ALL. My prayers to All.
    “I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me “ God bless
    Kay & Gabriel

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  28. Susan Pugh, June 16, 2018

    I attended the church probably 15 years ago when you both preached there and loved you both. The pain I felt when I saw of your great loss – I am so very very sorry your sweet son has passed away. I’m thankful we have a Loving God, Perfect Father Who gives us the gift of life and the gift of eternal life. I am so sad for you and family. Please know you will all be in my prayers. I wish I could hug you and comfort you. Sending much love and prayers.

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  29. Laura Barnes, June 16, 2018

    Elijah was a good friend of my nephew Zach Tomczyk. We tragically lost Zach in an auto accident on March 20th, the first day of spring. Elijah was so kind to my sister, Zach’s mom. He went out of his way to check on her and be there for her. He was a devoted and loyal friend to Zach as well as his others. He will be missed by many whose hearts are hurting and broken for him. I have no doubt that he and Zach are together now and we will be with them again. Love and prayers to Elijah’s family may Angels surround you all with comfort and healing. God bless.

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  30. Cynthia. Taylor, June 17, 2018

    Sorry. For. Your. Loss. Prayers. Are. With. Your. Family. At. This. Time

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  31. gwen Schauble, June 17, 2018

    Dear Vicki and Bo, Sorry to learn about the passing of your precious son, Elijah. May Jesus heal your broken hearts.

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  32. Charlie Hughes, July 10, 2018

    Vicki and Bo,
    I’m heart broken for all of you. All that I can say is that I love you both and that you helped me so much years ago……Bo for a short while we were as Brothers if there is ever anything that I can do just reach out.
    Charlie

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