Jordan, W.H.

7/6/1929

W.H. JORDAN
Feb. 14, 1875-July 6, 1929
 
It is very difficult to describe a personality— the character of a man. One might describe a landscape, a waterfall or a painting more easily, for In this he would state only outward facts. But the worth-while facts of character are the inner motives, purposes and sacrifices that have been wrought In secret and are only partially seen in the outward life. So, in speaking of our brother, Rev. W. H. Jordan, we must content ourselves with some of the outstanding things of his life that caused us to love him. Brother Jordan was born Feb. 14, 1875, at Hood’s Mill, La. He joined the church in early life, and his father’ s home was the home in which the preachers were made to feel welcome. We have often heard him speak of the preachers he learned to know in early life. He was married in 1901 to Miss Mary Beulah Haglar. Six children were born to this union — Clifford, Edwin, Russell and ‘Billy,” who had gone on before, and two daughters. He is survived by his wife and two daughters, Mrs. Bess Jordan Wiggs, of Chattanooga, Tenn., and Ottice, who is a member of the faculty of Mansfield College.
Brother Jordan joined the Louisiana Conference in 1903 at Minden, La. He transferred to the St. Louis Conference in 1908, and returned to his home Conference in 1917, and was stationed at Arcadia. After serving this church for four years, he was sent to Winnfield, and filled out his quadrennium there. He was then sent to West Monroe, and, by his earnest efforts and his love for the souls of men, he endeared himself to that congregation. After three years of faithful service there, he was sent to Crowley, and he was in the third year of his ministry at that place. In May, just a few weeks before his illness, he was host to the Lake Charles District Conference, and the writer was entertained in his home. While It was a very busy two days of conference work, we sat up late, on the last night,, and talked of the church he loved and of finishing the work that God had given him to do.
Our association in the past, when as his presiding elder, and as a friend, I was often In his home, had given me an Insight into his loyal and faithful heart. I found him always unselfish, not seeking promotion In his appointments, but ever making the appointment better when he served it. He hated sham and despised intrigue, but was courageous, clean, conscientious and consecrated. He was deeply loved and trusted by those who knew him. Not only those of his own Church loved him, but the entire community. This was clearly evidenced by his co-pastors in Crowley, whose tributes to his life have been so lovingly given.
Brother Jordan became seriously ill in the early part of June, and, after several weeks of suffering, it appeared that he would recover and return to his work. For change and rest, and, at the earnest solicitation of friends and relatives, he went to West Monroe, where it was hoped he would fully recover. However, in a few days, it became necessary that he go to the hospital, where, on Saturday, July 6, at 6:30 p. in., his spirit returned to the Giver of life. On Monday afternoon, July 8, at Arcadia, by the side of those boys whom he “had loved long since and lost awhile,” In the presence of a great throng of friends, who had been blessed by his life, we laid him to rest.

“Servant of God, well done;
Rest from thy loved employ,
The battle fought, the victory won,
Enter thy Master’s joy.”

The official board of his church at Crowley was there in a body. Many from West Monroe and Winnfield were there. His brother pastors and pastors from other Churches came to pay their last respects to a friend gone from us. May the Father of all keep, bless and guide those who are left to miss his presence, until that eternal morning breaks on our vision and there shall be no more shadows and partings.

K. W. Dodson
Source: Annual of the Louisiana Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, Pages 113-114, 1929