Jimmie Joe Jordan (1931 - 2016)

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Long time Alaska resident, and Texas snowbird, Jimmie Joe Jordan, 85, ended his earthly journey in Pensacola, Fla., on June 1, 2016. Jimmie was the seventh of eight children, born on Jan. 22, 1931, to John Henry Jordan and Mattie Lou Hand in Honey Grove, Fannin County, Texas. There, he lived and worked on the family farm until he was 16, picking cotton and tending the livestock and fields. In 1947, he, his mother, and younger sister moved to Anchorage, Alaska, to join his father and older brothers, who had stayed in Alaska after serving in the Aleutian Islands during World War II. The family built a small house on the then outskirts of Anchorage at 10th and Denali. Jimmie had a habit of bringing new found friends home with him to the point that the story goes that they had to sleep in shifts and eat in shifts, but the door was always open and the coffee was always on. He worked for the federally owned Alaska Railroad for 30 years and enjoyed 31 years of retirement thereafter. He would probably say the best parts of his retirement were his cross country travels to visit family and friends, reading and his twice daily 2-mile walks up until he contracted ALS, Lou Gehrig's disease, in the fall of 2015. Jimmie enjoyed hunting and fishing, and everything outdoors - well, he didn't particularly like being in small boats in the Gulf of Alaska - but otherwise he stated that he had no regrets of having left any possible Alaskan adventure undone. He spent his final months at the home of his daughter and son-in-law on Innerarity Point, in Pensacola, Fla. There, he enjoyed laying back in his recliner and watching life on the Intercoastal Waterway and Perdido Bay. Jimmie is survived by his daughters and sons-in-law, Era and Ray Tolbert of Wasilla, Alaska, and Shellie and Ernie Helton of Pensacola; grandchildren, Derek Jordan, Gini Perry, Kevin Collins, Jolene Tolbert, Stacy Andrews and Corrina Tolbert; great-grandchildren, Bradley Hulsey-Jordan, Natasha Tolbert, Sean Collins, Faolan Tolbert and Fable Tolbert; and longtime friends, Ben and Eleanor Parrish and John Barth. He was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Roberta (Bobbie) Inez Clinkscales Jordan; daughter, Rachel Kathleen Allen; son, Johnathan Mark Jordan; his parents; brothers, Lewis, Royce and Billy; and sisters, May, Marie, Betty and Laverne. At his request, no service will be held and his ashes will be scattered on Innerarity Point in Pensacola, Fla., which he called as close to paradise as one can get on this earth. Final arrangements by Trahan Family Funeral Home, Pensacola, Fla.
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Published in Anchorage Daily News on June 5, 2016
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