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Evelyn Juanita "Eckie" Jordan

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Evelyn Juanita "Eckie" Jordan Obituary
"Eckie" Jordan


Evelyn Juanita "Eckie" Jordan, 91, passed away Saturday, March 25, 2017.

Born in Pelzer, she was a daughter of the late Carl Preston and Minnie Lee Jordan. A 1942 graduate of Pelzer High School and Draughn's Business College, she was a 50-year faithful member of Northwest Baptist Church in Winston-Salem and more recently a member of Williamston First Baptist Church and a 38-year employee of Hanes Hosiery. Following retirement, she was a volunteer with NC Baptist Hospital in Wake Forest, NC.

An avid basketball player, having played textile ball, she was a proud product of Pelzer's Athletic Heritage. She was an all-around accomplished athlete, having excelled in basketball, softball, tennis and golf. In basketball, she played textile ball with Pelzer and Dunean Mills. In 1948, she took her basketball skills to Hanes Hosiery in Winston-Salem, NC, where she was a five time, AAU All-American, 1949-1954.

In 1955, she was invited to compete in the Pan-American Games, where the US Women's basketball team won the Gold Medal. It was the first year in which women were invited to compete.

Her many awards included being enshrined in several athletic Halls of Fame, including the Helms AAU National Basketball, NC Softball, NC Sports, SC Athletic, and National AAU Softball. She was also honored by having her warm up jacket hanging in the Smithsonian Institute.

She is survived by a number of nieces and nephews that loved her dearly.

She was predeceased by sisters, Mary Hedden Crane, Vivian Ashley Donnan, Sarah Ellis Wilson, Leoda Turpin; brothers, J.W. and Hoyt Jordan.

Visitation will be held Tuesday, March 28, from 1:30 - 2:45 p.m. at Williamston First Baptist Church. The funeral will follow at 3:00 p.m. Burial will be at Greenville Memorial Gardens.

The family wishes to thank the staff at Marchbanks Assisted Living for their love and care of Eckie while she was there.

Memorials may be made to Williamston First Baptist Church, 116 E Main Street, Williamston, SC 29697, or Northwest Baptist Church, 407 Petree Road, Winston-Salem, NC 27106.

The families are at their respective homes.

Gray Mortuary, Pelzer

Published in The Greenville News on Mar. 26, 2017
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