Melvin D. Jordan
FUNERAL HOME
Butler Funeral Homes & Cremation Tribute Center
900 S. Sixth St.
Springfield, IL
Melvin D. "STONE" Jordan, 64, of Springfield, died at 9:50 p.m. on Monday, September 6, 2021, at his residence. He accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior at an early age. Melvin loved God and others. He was a faithful servant who loved to worship and sing praises to God. He continued to serve God in good health and through sickness till the very end.
Melvin was born on September 7, 1956, in Murphysboro, IL, the son of Edward Jordan, Sr. and Alma Johnson Jordan. He married the "love of his life" Martha D. Adams on July 11, 1992, in Springfield.
Melvin was a Murphysboro High School graduate. He continued to be active in the community of Murphysboro by once serving as the parade Grand Marshall for the Apple Festival and dreamed of one day being the Mayor of Murphysboro. Melvin attended college and played football at Mississippi Valley State University. He retired from the IL State Board of Education as a Computer Programmer after 34 years. Melvin believed education was imperative and took the time to introduce students to the possibility of higher education. He served as a classroom parent and a member of the Springfield School District #186 Real Men Read program. He also coached and mentored football players for many years at Springfield High School and Lanphier High School and was a Cy Young Little League coach. As a very active member of the Springfield community, Melvin received many awards and accolades for community service. He also held several positions, including Chaplain, within the Central Masonic Lodge #3 F & AM, PHA, Menelik Consistory #49, AASR, NJ, PHA (Grand Inspector General). He was also an active member of the Springfield-IL Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. Melvin was also very involved within his church. He was installed as a Deacon under the pastorship of Rev. Dr. Charles Tiner, Sr. He was a phenomenal praise & worship leader and choir member. Melvin faithfully oversaw the Illinois State Board of Education Summer Food Service Program at Pilgrim Rest Missionary Baptist Church. He was a mentor and Godparent to many.
He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Peter Bruce Jordan, Edward Jordan Jr., and Leroy Jordan.
He is survived by his "lucky" wife, Martha D. Jordan; two sons, Odarian D. Jordan and Quentin L. Jordan; two sisters, Margaret Griffin and Linda Jordan; a beloved mother-in-law, Enora Morris; and several in-laws, nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Melvin was loved and will be dearly missed by all who knew him.
Visitation: Family will receive friends from 5:00 until 8:00 p.m. on Friday, September 17, 2021, at Pilgrim Rest Missionary Baptist Church, 1800 S. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr., Springfield. Visitation will conclude with Fraternity and Masonic ceremonies, beginning at 7:00 p.m. Illinois COVID-19 guidance will be followed, requiring face coverings and social distancing.
Visitation and Funeral Ceremony: An additional visitation will be held from 9:00 until 9:45 a.m. on Saturday, September 18, 2021, at Union Baptist Church, 1405 East Monroe St., Springfield. A Funeral Ceremony will begin at 10:00 a.m. with Rev. T. Ray McJunkins and Rev. Silas Johnson officiating. Illinois COVID-19 guidance will be followed, requiring face coverings and social distancing. For those who wish to stream the ceremony, you may do so by either visiting www.unionchurchspringfield.org, visiting the Union Baptist Church, Springfield, IL Facebook Watch, or searching for Union Baptist Church, Springfield, IL on YouTube.
Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park.
Memorial scholarship contributions may be made to: Springfield-IL Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., c/o Carlos Stakely, P.O. Box 20753, Springfield, IL 62708. www.spfldkappa.com
The family is being served by Butler Funeral Home-Springfield, 900 S. Sixth St., Springfield.
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MEMORIAL EVENTS
Sep
17
Visitation
5:00p.m. - 8:00p.m.
Pilgrim Rest Missionary Baptist Church
1800 South Martin Luther King, Jr., Dr., Springfield, IL
Sep
18
Visitation
9:00a.m. - 9:45a.m.
Union Baptist Church
1405 East Monroe St., Springfield, IL
Sep
18
Service
10:00a.m.
Union Baptist Church
1405 East Monroe St., Springfield, IL
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Dear Mrs. Jordan, I did not know Melvin. I knew and loved his brother, Leroy. And I know how Leroy and Johnetta loved his brothers and sisters. Reading through these remembrances confirm to have known Melvin was blessing and grace. Trust you and your family are wrapped in my heart and prayers in this time of grief.
Sr. Elyse Marie Ramirez, OP
September 15, 2021
I first met Big Mel 40 years ago when we played ball. He always had a story to tell and you would start laughing before he got started good. Such a pleasure.
Erskine Route
September 15, 2021
Unfortunately, I never had the privilege of knowing Melvin but I did know his father, Edward Jordan Sr. He was one of the nicest people you would ever want to meet. If Melvin took after his father, he was a very special person, indeed!
Debbie Snyder
September 12, 2021
Deepest condolences to Mrs. Jordan and family. Mel was a kind and gentle friend, a great colleague at ISBE. He helped us in our work while bringing smiles and laughter to everyone. We will remember Mel fondly. Mel, Rest In Peace in the bosom of our loving Father.
Richard Yong
Work
September 10, 2021
To Martha, Odarian , Quentin and the Jordan family Big Mel as I called him was a gentle and kind person. I will miss his big hugs , that smile and working with me in the community . Odarian your classmate Eman send special condolences to you from Nashville Tennessee Martha Big Mel. loved you deeply. When I say I know what you and your sons are going through you know I personally know
Nia. Odeoti-Hassan
Friend
September 10, 2021
Mrs. Jordan, I am a class mate of your husband, we both had some classes together, I'll always remember his cheerful attitude and his smile. Melvin never had anything to say bad about anyone one of his traits I like about him. My condolences and prayers are with you all. Eddie Snyder, class of 1974.
Ed Snyder
School
September 10, 2021
My Condolences To The Family. Praying That GOD Will Comfort Each Of You.
Vickie Kellum Hamilton
September 9, 2021
I will always remember his smile and his gentle heart, he will truly be missed! My condolences to the family.
Carol Whiteside Day
September 9, 2021
Condolences to the Jordan family. Melvin was one of a kind. May he rest in peace now. Love you my friend.
Loretta Woulard
Family
September 9, 2021
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
Rosemary Nash
September 9, 2021
Although I was not personally acquainted with Mr. Jordan, I remember his physical presence and that incredible smile from the Alzina Building. (I worked for DHS.). My day was always better whenever I met him in the hallway or elevator!
Jeanette Crown
September 9, 2021
My sympathy and prayers goes out to Melvin´s family. He was always ready to help me with any problems on my computer....just the nicest man anyone could ask for. Take care.
Norma Adams Johnson
Work
September 9, 2021
Melvin always had a ready smile for everyone... he was a great friend to many and a joy to be around. He will be missed.
Cynthia Connor Coffel
School
September 8, 2021
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