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JORDAN, Iris Lee Gay Iris Lee Gay Jordan passed away Aug. 20, 2017 in Ormond Beach, FL, surrounded by close family & friends. Iris enjoyed a fulfilling life as an artist, poet, master gardener, volunteer, world traveler, and a remarkable baker. She was a kind, compassionate, loving, and generous person. Iris was born Oct. 20, 1922 in Providence, FL to Confederate Veteran Lewis F. Gay and Minnie Lee McLeod NesSmith Gay. At the time of her birth, her father was 82 years old. He served in Company F, 4th Regiment, Florida Infantry, CSA. She is preceded in death by her husband, James Willie Jordan, in 2015. She also leaves behind a son, David Herbert Weeks (Paulette) of Albuquerque, NM and step-daughter Donna Jordan Heinz of Atlanta, GA; a grandson, three granddaughters; eight great grandchildren, and many other extended family members and very close friends. Iris and her husband traveled the globe for both recreation and to volunteer in uniting adopted babies with their new parents in the U.S. They were also recognized for their outstanding work in recording and marking graves of Confederate Soldiers in Georgia and Florida. Iris was passionate about her Confederate heritage, and was a member of Atlanta Chapter 18, United Daughters of the Confederacy?, for over 50 years. She belonged to many other organizations and heritage groups. Iris retired from Southeastern Electric Exchange and then volunteered at South Fulton Hospital for several years. Her memorial service will be held at her beloved First Baptist Church of Cliftondale in Atlanta on Sunday, Sep. 17, 2017 at 3:00pm. Reception will follow the service in the Fellowship Hall. Interment is at Old Providence Baptist Church Cemetery, 9316 NW County Road 245, Lake Butler, FL on Sep. 18, 2017 at 2:00pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First Baptist Church of Cliftondale, 4005 Stonewall Tell Rd, Atlanta, GA, 30349.
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Sept. 5, 2017
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