Rev. Gary L. Jordan, 71, of Monticello, passed away on June 12, 2018, at Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff.
He was a retired Baptist minister with a degree in Bible Theology from Bible Baptist College in Springfield, Missouri. He had a great love for God. He surrendered to preach in 1969 when God gave him a vision of people dying and going to hell. He spent the next 49 years serving him and proclaiming his word. He faithfully served God, pastoring five churches in four states. His passion for soul winning was second to none.
Mr. Jordan also had a great love for his family. His wife of 52 years, Frances, was always by his side (unless he was hunting or fishing, and even then she was often with him). He had given her a pack of double mint gum on their first date and continued to do so on the anniversary of the first date for all the years they were together. He loved his children. He would often tell stories of the times they spent together. His grandchildren were also a source of many of his joyous times. He would remember fondly the special moments they shared as they grew up.
Mr. Jordan also had a love for the service of others. In August of 1982, he became the pastor of Monticello Baptist Temple. He continued his service to the members of the church as well as many others in and around Drew County until October of 2015. Following his retirement due to health issues, he remained Pastor Emeritus for Monticello Baptist Temple. He was always known as a man with a servant’s heart.
He was born February 27, 1947, in Monticello and was the son of the late Jack Earl Jordan, Sr. and Maude Boone Jordan.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Rev. Adrian Jordan and Bobby Jordan, and a sister Lela Gavin.
Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Frances Lollar Jordan of Monticello; a son, Keith LaRon Jorda of Monticello; a daughter, Andrea Marie Jordan of Monticello; four grandchildren, Joshua Caleb Ashbaucher, Luke Alan Ashbaucher, Dalton Lee Jordan and Anna-Jewel Michelle Jordan; three brothers, Alvin Jordan (Marie), Danny Jordan (Glenda), and Jack Earl Jordan, Jr. (Jane) all of Monticello; two sisters, Jewel Hargis and Shelby Williams both of Monticello; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and friends.
A funeral service will be held on Friday, June 15 at 10 a.m. at Monticello Baptist Temple with burial to follow in Union Ridge Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Thursday, June 14 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Home in Monticello.