Memorial service for Harry Enoch (Hank) Jordan, 80, of Portales will be at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at the First United Methodist Church of Portales with Rev. Michael Brunk and Rev. Amy Jordan officiating.
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Harry Enoch (Hank) Jordan was born to Harry Arthur and Cora Agnes Baldwin Jordan on November 27, 1933, in Hugo, OK and passed from this life on December 6, 2013, in Portales, NM. He graduated from Portales High School in 1952. Harry was proud of the time he served in the United States Army and especially liked to remember the time he spent in Germany while in the service.
Harry and Panzy Burton Jordan were joined in marriage in Melrose on June 2, 1957, and the following year he earned a bachelor's degree from ENMU. He was hired by Montgomery Ward and became the assistant manager of the Clovis, NM store. In 1960 the family returned to Portales, where he completed work on a master's degree in business administration, and joined the Turner Department Store organization. He continued to work for David Turner until Mr. Turner's death and purchased the remaining stock in the business in the late 1970's . He purchased the vacant building that had been occupied by the JC Penny company in 1982 and relocated to that newly remodeled building. In 1989 he closed the department store.
Harry worked as job developer for two different grant programs out of Community Services Center, working with troubled and/or unemployed youth. He spent the remainder of his work time as the clothing buyer for A&M and Aucutt's Farm and Ranch Stores.
Following retirement he and Panzy moved to Melrose for 11 years where he was very active in the United Methodist Church and its benevolent programs, (being instrumental in establishing a food bank,) and in the Melrose Chamber of Commerce. On September 11 he first installed US flags down the main street and continued to hang those flags for all patriotic holidays as long as he was in Melrose.
In 2009, following the death of Panzy's parents they returned to Portales.
Harry has always been very involved in church and civic activities. He belonged to Masonic Lodges in Melrose and Portales, and he was a Paul Harris Fellow with Rotary International. He was currently a board member of the Portales Kiwanis Club, was on the Board of the Wesley Foundation at ENMU, volunteered at the RGH Auxiliary, and has held many positions within the United Methodist Church. He was named Workhorse of the Year by the Portales Chamber of Commerce and Outstanding Citizen by the Melrose Rotary. He was nominated as the New Mexico Small Business Person of the Year while operating Turner's Department Store.
Harry is survived by his wife Panzy of the home and three daughters and a son-in-law, Carrie Hamilton of Glen Elder, Kansas, Carol and Rodney Ennis, and Rev. Amy Jordan all of Portales. He has three grandsons: Austen Hamilton and wife Kayla of Glen Elder, KS, Jordan Ennis and fiancee Stacie Carver of Amarillo, TX and Sam Pool of Albuqerque. His granddaughters are Talia Ennis of Portales, Emily Hamilton of Beloit, KS and Katie and husband Jerri Palmer of Jacksonville, FL. His two great-grandchildren are Camden and Korbin Hamilton of Glen Elder.
He is survived by three sisters: Pat and Don Terry of Portales, Judy and Bill Walker of Abilene, TX, and Vicky and Bobby Hobbs of Roswell. His sister-in-law, Corrine Jordan of Indio, CA. Three brother-in-laws survive: Dick and Jeri Burton of Albuquerque, Paul and Kathy Burton of Rio Rancho, and Frank and Jeannie Burton of Springer. He is survived by one aunt, Virginia McCommon of Amarillo and many nieces, nephews, and cousins as well as many friends.
He was preceded in death by parents, a brother Robert Jordan, and a niece, Kathy Terry.
All those who knew Harry Jordan knew him to be a good man and he will be sorely missed.
Arrangements are under the direction of Wheeler Mortuary of Portales. Condolences can be made at www.wheelermortuary.net
500 East 3rd Street Portales, NM 88130
Published in the Clovis News Journal and Portales News-Tribune on Dec. 8, 2013