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George Lewis Jordan, 91, joined God's heavenly choir on Jan. 3 in High Rolls. Born Nov. 13, 1921 in Mechanic Falls, Maine to Ida May and George Toby Jordan. He spent his early years in Maine, was drafted into the U.S. Army on Oct. 19, 1942, served as military police in Dallas and San Antonio, Texas; supply sergeant in Oklahoma and chaplain's assistant in Korea and was discharged in Dallas, Feb. 16, 1946.
He met the former Ann White at North Texas State University in Denton, Texas where both were majoring in music. The couple wed Aug. 6, 1947 at First Methodist Church in Rankin, Texas. After completing his bachelors of music degree in 1949, he also earned a master's degree at Sul Ross University in Alpine, Texas. They taught in Texas schools before moving to Odessa, Texas, where in 1959, Lewis became the first choral director of Permian High School, a position he held until 1977. His choirs earned numerous awards including outstanding choir, Buccaneer Festival, Corpus Christi and the Sea-Arama festival Galveston, Texas. He performed for the MENC, Albuquerque as one of two choirs invited from the state of Texas. They were also invited to perform at the International Music Festival in Vienna, Austria, as one of 17 choirs. Lewis and Ann retired in 1983 and moved to Piney woods where they built their home in the mountains of New Mexico. In 1984, Lewis joined the faculty of New Mexico State University-Alamogordo as a music instructor conducting the Alamogordo Community Choir until he retired in 2003. He directed choirs in both schools and churches. A wonderful bass singer, Lewis delighted many different generations that heard him sing.
Survivors include his wife, Ann Jordan, of High Rolls/Mountain Park; three children; Dawn and her husband, John Sanders, of Princeton, Texas, son, Terry Jordan, of Leander, Texas and daughter Diane and her husband, Bill Miller, of Alamogordo; four grandchildren Carol and husband, Anthony Epperson, of Alamogordo, Deborah and husband, Russell Fisher, of Colorado Springs, Colo., Jennifer and husband, Will Johns, of Midland, Texas and Ashley and husband, Taylor Herring, of Jacksonville, N.C.; five great-grandchildren, Alyssa, Alana, Anthony Jr., Alora Epperson and Baby Sprat Herring.
He was preceded in death by his mother, father, brother Burton Jordan and sister Ada Smith. The Celebration of Life will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9 at Alamogordo Funeral Home Chapel, 2301 1st St., with Pastor Billy Tucker officiating. Cremation will take place at a later date.
The family will greet friends from 10:30-11 a.m. at Alamogordo Funeral Home Chapel before the service.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Lewis Jordan Scholarship, NMSU-A. To sign the online register book, please visit www.hamiltonodell.com.

Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Jan. 6 to Jan. 13, 2013
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