Debra Jordan

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Debra Jo Carey Jordan, 61, Shelbyville, died Tuesday, August 7, 2018 at St. Mary's and Elizabeth Hospital in Louisville. Born in Detroit, MI, she was the daughter of the late Jimmy Ed and Dimple Groves Carey. Following the death of her mother when she was only six weeks old, she went to live with her aunt and uncle, Ada Groves and Russell Conley, Jr. in Glasgow who reared her. She graduated from Glasgow High School, where she participated in the state championship Glasgow Scottie Marching Band. She obtained her Masters in Elementary Education from Western Kentucky University. She was a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority. Her career as an elementary teacher began at Wright Elementary in 1982, where she also led the cheerleading squad. She also taught at Heritage Elementary and Clear Creek Elementary prior to her retirement in 2012. She was awarded Shelby County Teacher of the Year in 1998. She was president of the PTSA for Shelby County High School and a member of the Site-Based Decision Council. She volunteered several summers as a tutor for Whitney M. Young Job Corps Center. She was a member and former secretary/treasurer of the Shelbyville Chapter of the NAACP. She became president of that organization and was instrumental in rebuilding the Shelbyville Chapter to the prominence it enjoys today. She revived the annual Freedom Fund Banquet and the annual Labor Day Parade, including the Labor Day Beauty Pageant, which provides scholarships to deserving young ladies. She was also a member of the Jaycees, National Education Association, Kentucky Education Association and Shelby County Education Association. She accepted Christ at a young age at First Baptist Church, 611 South Lewis Street in Glasgow. She was a long-time devoted member of Clay Street Baptist Church, where she served as vice president of the Missionary Society, past youth minister, president of the Sisterhood Choir and worked with the Little Angels Choir and the Graciously Grateful Dancers of Praise. She loved her family.

Survivors include her loving husband of 29 years, Albert L. Jordan, Sr.; her son, Albert L. "A.J." Jordan, Jr.; her daughter, Carey-Jo La'Ren Jordan; her four-legged daughter, Zailey, all of Shelbyville; her sister, Lavonia Darlene Conley of Indianapolis, IN and a host of other relatives, former students and friends.

A Celebration of Life Service will be at 1 p.m., Monday, August 13, 2018 at Clay Street Baptist Church. Visitation will be 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the church with a Service of Remembrance beginning at 6 p.m. There will be an opportunity for anyone who wishes to make brief (2 minutes only, please) remarks. As her favorite color was blue, it has been requested that everyone wear their favorite shade of blue to the funeral. Burial will follow at Grove Hill Cemetery.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Morton-Beckley Funeral Directors. Online condolences may be expressed at
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Published in The Sentinel-News from Aug. 9 to Aug. 10, 2018