We have lost a loved one


It is with great sadness and a heavy heart to inform you that a friend of mine, a fellow advocate for preborn human rights, and a former full-time Rock For Life staffer Kortney Blythe Gordon and her preborn little girl Sophy passed away in a car crash late Saturday night.

Please pray for her husband, Ben and their families. They need our prayers during this time as they grieve their loss.

Also, prayerfully consider making a donation to help pay for the burial costs of Kortney and Sophy. Students for Life is taking up an online collection that is tax-deductible. One hundred percent of the proceeds will go to the Blythe and Gordon families. Click here to make a donation.

The driver of the other vehicle also passed away.  There is another Students for Life staff person involved in the car crash who is in critical condition.  Please pray for him and his family as well.

I have so many fond memories of Kortney.  I remember the first time I met her.  She drove all the way up from Charlotte to Washington, DC to take part in some pro-life visibility events we were hosting at the March for Women’s Lives in the Spring of 2004.  I could tell right away that she had a great heart for the preborn and would be a rising star in the pro-life movement.  She had already been involved running a chapter in Charlotte but I knew immediately I wanted to get her more involved with Rock For Life!

Later that year she made the same drive to join our prayerful protest of a Vote for Change tour stop in Washington, DC.  She brought two fellow classmates of Montreat (the college she was attending at the time).  What was impressive to me about that trip is that she left Montreat immediately after a class.  Her and her friends made our event just in time then had to leave right after the event in order to make a class the next morning to take a major test.  Kortney said she was going to study on the way down. I thought she was crazy!

That to me was highly unusual, impressive and really set the tone of my future involvement with Kortney.  She was a tireless advocate for the preborn.  She was extremely intelligent, a great communicator and organizer.  For proof you can hear some of our archived Rock For Life Netcasts.  Kortney was friendly, loved our Lord, and didn’t have a mean bone in her body.  She always had a smile on her face and a kind word to say.

Kortney did an amazing job as a Rock For Life chapter leader and as the Rock For Life chapter coordinator.  She did amazing work with Survivors and Students for Life.  The pro-life movement has lost a rising star.  She will be missed big time.

Bryan Kemper with Stand True / Priests for Life has dedicated this year’s Pro-Life Day of Student Solidarity to Kortney and Sophy.  The Rev. Patrick Mahoney of the Christian Defense Coalition is dedicating the Voices from the Womb project to Kortney and Sophy as well.  They were scheduled to be a feature participant.

Ben, our prayers are with you and our prayers are with the Blythe and Gordon families.  Kortney, we miss you.  Sophy, wish we could have met you.

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15 Responses to We have lost a loved one

  1. Kortney and her daughter Sophy are going to be missed……she always was involved with the pro-life movement.

    Matthew 3:19 Then He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.”

    Psalm 20:4-5 May He grant you according to your heart’s desire, And fulfill all your purpose. We will the name of our God we will set up our banners! May the Lord fulfill all your petitions.

    Love Heather

  2. Thank you for posting this. So many wonderful memories of Kortney with Rock for Life and spending time with our family. I am so blessed to have known, worked with, and been counted a friend of Kortney’s.

  3. Jakz says:

    Praying for God’s comfort to embrace all of the hurting hearts of her family and friends through this time. Kourtney was an amazing person, her & Sophy will be missed.

  4. Thanks for this, Eric. She cannot be honored enough. Thank you for taking up donations, too. I already gave through the Students for Life last night and I hope that there will be an overwhelming response to the both of these. God Bless you at Rock for Life, too.

  5. Darby Kinder says:

    I did not know Kourtney, but I knew I needed to know what happened that night to try to make sense of my overwhelming feeling of sadness. My mother, brother, nephew, daughter and I were on our way home from the South Carolina Gamecocks football game, laughing & talking when we came to a sudden stop about 10 minutes North of Gray, Ga. After about 20 minutes, we all assumed there must have been an accident and started talking about how great the game was. Another 25 minutes passed and we began to move. I’ve been in several major car accidents & witnessed many, however, this one was different. When we passed the site, I was overcome with a feeling of loss. My daughter who is 13 was unable to sleep that night. Everyone of us in the car that night knew we were changed at that moment and I’ve been obsessed with finding out what happened, combing thru news and blogs…now I understand why. My family & I will be donating to the Prolife movements in which Kourtney was so passionate.

    • Darby, Thanks for pursuing the truth. Please know that we are praying for your daughter. Also, if you don’t mind praying for Kortney’s co-worker Jon. He was in the passenger seat and is in critical condition. Thank you, Erik

  6. Phil says:

    Wow. When i got this e- mail from Erik i was saddened and shocked. I met Kort personally and worked with her several times. She was a joy to work with and was always happy and helpful. We need prayer warriors now!!

    Rest in peace Kort!!

    Your friend, Phil (in Cali)

  7. Kristi says:

    I am also own the same path as Darby, I was 15 cars behind this wreck headed to my home in Gray, Ga. with my husband and 7 year old daughter (I am blessed was sleeping peacefully). We sat for 20 minutes and then heard the life-flight land behind us. Moments later they motioned traffic to move some and as we passed by the wreck sight I was overwhelmed by emotions and cried the rest of the way home. All weekend I’ve been searching online for updates and names- it was powerful and I just had to know who my prayers were for, it is so tragic the lives lost and the 3 that still remain hospitalized. I pray for all the people that are mourning the loss of their loved ones. – May God comfort you-

    • Kristi, Thank you for your prayers. There is one individual who really needs our prayers. His name is Jon. He is in grave critical condition. He was in the passenger seat of the vehicle that was driven by Kortney. Thank you so much.

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  10. You mean the same girl that was always on the old R4L podcasts?

    • yes, unfortunately…

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