James Scarbrough Gordy was born in June 19, 1888. He was a commissioner for some time and 60 years served as a real estate broker. He married Frances Josephine Ellison and had three children. One son, Col. Stephen Gordy and two daughters Frances Jane Gordy and Mary Ellison Gordy. He died at the age of 86 in September 25, 1974.

After his passing, he gained notoriety when a young girl claimed to be friends with an unknown person named "Mr. Gordy. Heidi Wyrick was 3 years old when she began seeing this man, who she described as having gray hair and wearing a dark suit. These events were documented in the television show "Unsolved Mysteries" and would again be discussed in "A Haunting in Georgia", which was a feature-length special on the discovery channel which served as one of two pilot episodes for the series "A Haunting". This would also be the subject for the 2013 film "The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia".

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