March 15, 1941 ~ September 2, 2020

Born in: Caddo Parish, LA
Resided in: Mills River, NC

Jerry Jordan, 79, of Mills River, NC, and formerly of Waco, TX, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, September 2, 2020, in Asheville, NC. Born in Caddo Parish, LA, to Lois Marie Washington Jordan and Edward Jackson Jordan, he was the husband of 33 years to Catherine Fleming Jordan of Mills River, NC.

Jerry graduated from White Oak High School in White Oak, TX, where he played on the 1957 Class A Texas Championship football team. After high school, Jerry earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of North Texas in Denton, TX, and Master of Education degree from Texas A&M University in College Station, TX. He was an educator who devoted his life to teaching and learning. His greatest thrill was when a student would, for the first time, grasp and understand a concept he was teaching. Following retirement, Jerry joined the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of North Carolina Asheville, where he took many classes and was an active member of a Men’s Wisdom Works group.

During his career, Jerry worked in admissions at the University of North Texas, Lamar University in Beaumont, TX, and Angelina College in Lufkin, TX, where he served for four years as Dean of Admissions. He led the Business and Management programs at McLennan Community College in Waco as a tenured faculty member for 25 years, and taught economics at Masaryk University, Brno Czech Republic. He contributed his time as a volunteer to Inner City Ministry Meals on Wheels and Central Christian Church in Waco, Asheville City Schools, and the High Vista Homeowners Association in Mills River.

Jerry was a poet, fish whisperer, golfer and later an avid landscaper and gardener. He loved all things Texas—its singer-songwriters, music, food, Texas A&M football and its land from the East Texas Piney Woods, to the hills of Central Texas, to the big sky and open spaces of the Big Bend and West Texas. He had a keen sense of humor and enjoyed talking politics into the wee hours. He loved dogs, especially his constant companion, Concho, a Belgian Shepherd.

Jerry was a much loved father, grandfather and uncle. He is survived by his wife, Catherine; daughters Jana Willis and her husband, Kent, of Dripping Springs, TX, Jasa Jordan and her husband, Aaron, of Wilmington, NC, and Fleming Terrell and her husband, Michael, of Washington, DC; five grandchildren—Christopher, Preston, Sarah, Anderson and Samantha; sister Shirley Carr of Kilgore, TX; many nieces and nephews and their families; as well as friends, students and colleagues.

The family sends its deep gratitude to the doctors, nurses, and staff at Asheville Cardiology and Mission Hospital Heart Center who cared for Jerry. A celebration of his life will be planned in the future. He will be buried in the Algoma Cemetery in Marshall, TX. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts can be made to the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at University of North Carolina Asheville at olliasheville.com/giving or to McLennan Community College Foundation at www.mclennan.edu/foundation.

Groce Funeral Home in Lake Julian is assisting the family.

Services

Burial:

Algoma Cemetery

Marshall, TX


Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian
72 Long Shoals Road
Arden, NC 28704

(828)687-3530
http://www.grocefuneralhome.com

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  1. Cathy,
    Mother thought so much of Jerry, and had hoped for a visit from him again. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you in this most difficult of times. Love to you all, Launa, Sandra, and Cortney Fleming

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  2. Jerry was a well respected and favorite among his colleagues at McLennan Community College in Waco.
    My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

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  3. I am deeply sadden by the loss of my dear MCC colleague. Jerry was a fine person and wonderful professor. He will be missed. God bless and keep the Jordan family during this very difficult time. You all are in my thoughts and prayers.

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  4. Cathy, I think you know how much Jerry meant to me. Absolutely, the best boss I ever had! I learned so much from Jerry in the 7 1/2 years we worked together. If I can help you with anything, please let me know. You and the girls are in my prayers!

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  5. He was a phenomenal force of nature.

    He left a legacy on my mom’s teaching. I now teach. She helps support me and will say “Jerry Jordan taught me this”. His legacy continues.

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  6. I was sad to hear of Jerry’s passing. I am very thankful to have known him. He was such a fun guy with a great wit and sense of humor. I am very sorry for your loss. All of his family and friends are in my thoughts and prayers.

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  7. I knew Mr. Jordan from my job at Banfield, where he brought Concho. We loved both of them. I found out just a few months ago that Jerry was a fan of Guy Clark, as I was, and we had many enjoyable conversations. I was so very sad to hear of his passing.

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  8. Jerry was a very good person and the best friend of mine. We became friends in the graduate school at Texas A@M in 1977. His loss is great but he will always be remembered with the good times we spent with together.

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  9. “We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals” — Immanuel Kant

    Jerry Jordan certainly embodied this quote. He exuded sincere kindness, and I am grateful to have been a part of his and Concho’s lives. I know his passing will be a great loss to his friends and family, and my deepest sympathy is with them during this difficult time.

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  10. Mr. Jordan was one of my business professors at MCC in Waco. He was a great teacher. He was down to earth and made learning interesting and fun. My thoughts and prayers are with his family at this time.

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  11. Cathy, Fleming and Jasa, you have my heartfelt sympathies over the loss of Jerry, who together with you were some of the finest neighbors we have ever had the pleasure of knowing. Please know that y’all are in my/our thoughts and prayers.

    With Love,
    Lee Riley

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