Thomas Raymond (aka TR) Jordan of Elkhart, TX passed away on November 28, 2019, Thanksgiving Day, in Breckenridge, CO. Visitation with the family will be held at 10:00 AM and a memorial service to celebrate TR’s life will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, December 14, 2019 at the First United Methodist Church of Palestine, TX. Officiating will be pastor Alex Lupo.
Mr. Jordan was born on July 13, 1947 in Natchitoches, LA to Glen Ray Jordan and Thelma Cagle Jordan. He graduated from Natchitoches High School in 1965 and then graduated from Northwestern State University in 1969 where he met the love of his life, Cynthia Vickery. TR and Cynthia Vickery were married on August 29, 1969 in Shreveport, LA. In 1986, he attained his Master of Education at the University of North Texas in Denton, TX.
In 1971, Mr. Jordan was one of the founding teachers of the Caddo Career Center and taught machine shop, as well as shepherding multiple students to State and National competitions in his role as a sponsor of the local chapter of the Vocational Industrial Clubs of America (VICA). Additionally, he ran a small business machine shop from his home in Waskom, TX until his retirement from full-time teaching in 2003. In retirement, TR moved to Elkhart, TX and proctored classes at Angelina College in Crockett, TX and taught machine shop in Athens, TX. ATT
TR was a private pilot for over 20 years, owned multiple small aircraft, and was known to visit any airstrip he happened to be nearby much to the chagrin of his teenage sons. He enjoyed camping along the Frio River in the Texas Hill Country with family and friends and when not floating down the river, could be found telling tall tales back at camp. TR was a member of the Methodist church in every town in which he lived, most recently the First United Methodist Church of Palestine, TX. He was a member of the Methodist Men’s Fellowship and regularly attended prayer breakfasts on Wednesday mornings. His family sponsored multiple children from the Methodist Children’s Home in Waco, TX as well as hosted multiple foreign exchange students from Brazil. TR never met a stranger and was considered the self-appointed Sheriff of County Road 181. He loved to travel including trips to Australia and South Africa as well as visiting every US state except Hawaii.
Mr. Jordan was preceded in death by his parents Glen Ray Jordan and Thelma Cagle Jordan. He is survived by his wife of 50 years Cynthia Vickery Jordan, his son Jason Jordan and wife Aimee-Grace of Leander, TX, his son Craig Jordan and wife Stephanie of Argyle, TX, his beloved grandchildren Jackson Jordan, Jasmine Jordan, Alexander Jordan, and Savannah Jordan, his brother Robin Jordan of Robeline, LA, a niece and numerous nephews, a whole slew of loving kinfolk, his adored dog Buddy, and all the lives he touched as a teacher.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made to the Playground Fund of the First United Methodist Church of Palestine, TX.