Georgia Jordan, county’s ‘classy lady,’ loved helping others.
Georgia Jordan is remembered this week as a classy southern lady, devoted Christian and a dedicated educator and home economist.
Jordan, 94, passed away early Friday morning at Ogeechee Area Hospice in Statesboro.
Jordan came to Pierce County as an educator almost six decades ago after answering a bulletin board help wanted ad right out of college. Friends recall she arrived in town dressed to the nines in gloves and high heels and that sense of style became her trademark.
After teaching home economics for a decade, Jordan stepped into the role that would be her life’s work.
For more than 30 years she was the home economist and 4-H agent with the University of Georgia Extension Service. In that role, Jordan taught thousands of area women how to prepare nutritious meals and was a help-mate to many a young wife learning to be a homemaker over her lengthy career.
“We arrived in Blackshear about the same time and we worked together holding programs at community centers throughout the county,” recalls long-time extension agent Clifford Park. “We had an excellent 4-H program then. We even had a few national winners. Mrs. Georgia helped us achieve that. As home economist, she helped ladies all over Pierce County learn skills they would need every day. She was a very classy lady.”
Park’s wife, Pat, remembers Jordan as a dedicated Christian and faithful member at First United Methodist Church of Blackshear.
“She served the Lord faithfully in many roles. We started out in Sunday school about 59 years ago and Georgia taught the class for many years,” Mrs. Park recalls.
First United Methodist Church recently honored Jordan by naming her classroom at the church in her honor.
Former school superintendent Dr. Joy Williams says Jordan was always a fixture in her life and an excellent role model.
“She and my mama, Johnnie Broome Deen, were college classmates, so they knew one another before she came to Blackshear,” recalls Williams. “I called her ‘Aunt Georgia’ and I know lots of other young women in Pierce County did, too. She was very special to me and taught me lots about leadership and style.”
Williams says Jordan was a unique mentor to a generation of young women in Pierce County.
“Many women credit her with teaching them many life skills they have used throughout their lives, including in the kitchen and in their households,” she said.
Williams says Jordan was an accomplished cook, seamstress and educator.
“She was one of a kind,” she said.
Williams and Mrs. Park recall Jordan believed in starting early with teaching biscuit-making skills.
“Georgia taught our daughter, Margaret, how to make biscuits starting when she was just three years old,” Park remembers.
Williams’ experience was the same.
“She took me home with her and put me up on the counter and taught me how,” she said.
Funeral services were scheduled for 11 a.m. today (Wednesday, April 3), from the First United Methodist Church in Blackshear.
For a complete obituary, please see page 3 and more about Jordan’s life here on Page 13.