Robert Arnold Jordan, 86, passed away Friday, January 22, 2021 in Tyler, Texas, following a brief illness. Graveside services will be held on Tuesday, January 26, at 2:00 PM at Maple Springs United Methodist Church Cemetery in Newsome, Texas.
Arnold (to his family) / Bob (to his friends) was born on May 16, 1934 in Newsome to Grady A. and Novelle Lockhart Jordan. He graduated Winnsboro High School in 1951, received his Bachelors and Masters degrees from East Texas State Teachers College (Texas A&M University - Commerce) in 1955, and served as an Air Force pilot flying a B-25 Mitchell until his honorable discharge as a Captain in 1966. After marrying Leah Elizabeth Wood of Abilene in 1959, he spent his professional career in Abilene and Corpus Christi with Abilene Savings and Loan. In 1982, he was honored as a distinguished alumnus of Texas A&M University - Commerce. He enjoyed retirement at his condo in Port Aransas, before moving back to Quitman to be near his sister in his later years.
Arnold was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Leah Beth, his daughter Mileah Jordan, and his son Aric Jordan.
He is survived by his sister Jerry Jordan Nichols and her husband Juan D. of Quitman; his sister Ann Jordan Roberts and her husband James of McKinney; his loyal nephew David Nichols and his wife Lesa of Scroggins; nephew Tom Roberts of McKinney; nieces Patricia Koehler of Houston, Cathy Nollner of McKinney, Marian Jackson of Flint, Carolyn Gilbreath and her husband Harold of Coke, and D’Ann Drennan and her husband John of Grandview.
Donations in his honor may be made to the American Cancer Society, or the charity of your choice.