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Robert Lee Jordan, affectionately known as “Betty” to family and close friends, was the eleventh of thirteen children born to the late K.C. And Ava Jordan. Robert peacefully transitioned into eternal life on Saturday, February 11, 2023.
Robert met, and later married, the love of his life, Reverend Dr. Wilhelmina Jordan on July 24, 1993. Together they shared three wonderful and supportive children: Tiffany Jordan, Derante Ellison, and Calvin Ellison, Jr. A devoted minister’s spouse, Robert spent many years on the highways and byways of Georgia in support of his wife’s ministry; he was also a faithful member of Saint Paul AME Church, where he dedicated much of his time to the Evangelist Ministry, Prayer Ministry, and Sons of Allen.
Robert served his church religiously, even after his health failed. He loved being a member of Saint Paul; when the pandemic hit in 2020, Robert stated, “I pray this does not stop the Visitation Ministry from coming to see me!” The church was just as devoted as he, and never failed to visit and minister to him twice a month. Robert found joy in participating in the songs and prayers conducted by various members of the visitation ministry under the leadership of Bro. William Adams and Sis. Gwen Brown.
Robert was educated in the school system of Putnam County—more specifically, Eatonton, GA. After high school, he worked many years as a driver for Ivan Allen until early 2010; at this time, he was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Often called Lou Gehrig’s disease, Robert’s affliction affected his nervous system, weakening his muscles and impacting his physical function, which ultimately caused his early retirement. Though bedridden for over ten years, Robert’s disease never weakened his spirit nor discouraged him; even in times when he didn’t feel well, Robert did not complain. Family and friends who came to visit him were always welcomed with his trademark infectious smile. Robert received excellent care from his son, Calvin Ellison, while his wife worked. A snazzy dresser, Robert was an avid sports lover. His favorite teams included the Atlanta Falcons, Braves, Hawks, and Georgia Bulldogs. Robert was preceded in death by his two siblings, Mildred Hurt and Louise Jordan.
Loving and precious memories of Robert will continue to live in the hearts of his wife Wilhelmina and their children, Tiffany, Derante, CJ; three godchildren, Austin, Wesley, and Asia Collier; four grandchildren, Cassidy & Minalea Ellison of Eatonton, GA, and Jordyn & Dillon Ellison of Montgomery, AL; ten siblings, Ruby Thompson of Decatur, GA, Carrie Brundage of Covington, GA, Ellen Hurt (Leonard) of Decatur, GA, Johnnie Bell Williams (Bennie Reid, Sr.) of Lithonia, GA, Lily Mills of Decatur, GA, Dorothy Bonner (Tillman, Sr.) of Atlanta, GA, Roosevelt Jordan (Michelle) of Eatonton, GA, Louis Jordan, of Eatonton, GA, Annie Collins (Richard) of Lithonia, GA, and Virginia Flemister, of Eatonton, GA; one aunt, Lucy Jones of Dayton, OhH; four brothers-in-law, Reginald Wesley (Donna) of Conyers, GA, Clarence Wesley of Covington, GA, Karl, Baker (Gilma) of Houston, TX, Michael Baker (Cindi) of Buckeye, AZ; his mother-in-law, Lucy Baker of Phoenix, AZ, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and other relatives and friends.