Gladys Lee Jordan

30 December, 192929 June, 2020

Gladys began her earthly journey some 90 years ago on December 30, 1929 in Knoxville, Tennessee to parents of Ora Stephenson and Joseph Gibson. She transcended to the celestial shores the morning of June 29, 2020. She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Jordan Jr., a son Ronald N. Jordan, and a grandson.

She loved God, her family, her church, her sorority- Zeta Phi Beta Sorority and the Arkansas Razorbacks. Gladys’s mother died when she was six weeks old. So, she spent her earlier years in Knoxville with her father’s family, the Gibson’s. She was brought to Arkansas by her grandfather, Richard Stephenson. She lived with her aunt and uncle, Emma and Coy Young. She graduated from North Little Rock High School while living with her aunt Sadie Smith. While in high school, she met and married Joseph Jordan Jr. To this union, 5 boys were born.

At an early age, Gladys developed an interest in nursing. It was a time when blacks were not admitted or accepted into the nursing profession. Minorities could only be nurse’s aides. However, she had the honor of being trained by the St. Vincent Nuns.

Gladys continued her pursuit to become a nurse. She earned her BS Degree from Philander Smith College and her advance degree in Hospital Administration from The College of Saint Francis in Joliet, Illinois. She was a surgical nurse at St. Vincent and later would work with the VA System for over 35 years. While with the VA, she was a supervisor, head nurse, charge nurse and an EEOC counselor. She received a Certification of Graduation from ADHHS, Division of Aging and Adult Services. Gladys nursing career expanded over 60 years. So honored to be a nurse, she maintained her active nursing license until death. She, also was a board member, and a supporter of Friends of Haven of Rest Cemetery until her death.

Gladys would tell you none of this would have been possible without the helped of her family, especially her mother–in-law, Leola Wilson Jordan, her sisters-in-law, Emma Robinson and Loraine Moore, as well as her aunt Sadie Smith, and grandfather Richard Stephenson Jr.

Gladys had such an outgoing personality that reflected her warm and caring spirit. She was always willing to give help to everybody. She developed many life-long friendships, especially with her family, the Stephenson’s, the Thompson’s, the Mitchell’s the Harris’, the Dancy’s, the Hartmeier’s, a life-long friend DeAnn Murray and too many others to name in her church and community. In her Church, Gladys served in many capacities including developing the Nurses Guild and being a Deaconess.

Gladys and Joe were big supporters of Scouting. She was a den mother and Joe had his own troop.

When Ronald was given a scholarship in music to the University of Arkansas, Gladys became a staunch supporter of the Razorback Foundation. She and Joe followed the Razorbacks EVERYWHERE, even to Hawaii.

She is survived by her four sons; Charles E. Jordan, Barnett (Beverly) Jordan, Joseph III (Cynthia) Jordan and Phillip G. Jordan, a very dedicated, committed caregiver for his mother until her death; 7 grandchildren; Darrick Jordan, Audrey Jasper, Phillip A. Jordan, Anitra Rivera, D’Juana McDonald, and Barnett Jordan Jr. Gladys also had 11 great grandchildren and 4 great, great grandchildren. Gladys will be missed by everyone that knew and loved her.

Viewing will be held on July 7, 2020 from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. at the Eighth Street Baptist Church, 901 SA Jones Drive A, North Little Rock; with friends and family welcome. Private funeral services will follow. Burial will take place in Haven of Rest Cemetery, Little Rock. Services can be viewed Via Facebook at: Eight Street Missionary Baptist Church. Gladys family suggest in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Nurses Guild of Eighth Street Baptist church at the address above. Funeral services will be livestreamed on the funeral homes Facebook page; and can be viewed by clicking the link below this obituary.


  • Charles E. Jordan, Son
  • Barnett Jordan (Beverly Jordan), Son
  • Joseph Jordan III (Cynthia Jordan), Son
  • Phillip G. Jordan, Son
  • Darrick Jordan, Grandchild
  • Audrey Jasper, Grandchild
  • Phillip A. Jordan, Grandchild
  • Anitra Rivera, Grandchild
  • D'Juana McDonald, Grandchild
  • Barnett Jordan Jr., Grandchild
  • Eleven, Great Grandchildren
  • Four, Great, Great Grandchildren

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Annette Fisher

11 July 2020

You didn’t just live life, you embraced it with joy in ur heart and faith in our Lord...amen

Thank U for ur many prayers!

Annette Fisher & Family

Patsy Powell

7 July 2020

I was so sorry to hear about the passing of my Cousin Gladys. She was a person who knew a lot about the Stephenson Family. She always had a big smile when she talked about family. So I say rest now my Cousin rest you are in great hands GOD hands you will be missed.
To the sons of Gladys Lee Jordan I will say to you that you have your "MEMORIES" of your mother in your heart forever. You all are in my prayers forever.

Zalmenta Lyon

7 July 2020

Just want to express my deepest sympathy. My prayer is to the family and for that strength and the love that she shown over the years wrap you all and clothe you in the days a head. Our Father knows best.

Stacy Hartmeier

7 July 2020

Dear Dear Gladys. You are a special spirit. I met your dear heart when I married into your best friends family. I am the daughter-in-law of your best friend Patricia Hartmeier. I had heard of you many times before I met you and once we met you did not disappoint. While staying here with Pat I could always count on the 9:00pm phone call between you two. From Pat’s end she would loudly say “HELLO GLADYS LEE” with a giggle and a conversation that only you two could understand. The Best Friend chatter between you two was a sight to behold. We all should be so lucky as to have a best friend like you. Bless you sweet lady and God Bless your boys and their families. You are a special spirit and am so proud to have known you. Rest now and let Pat know we miss her too. Hope you two are fishing and laughing like old times.
🙏🏼 🙏🏼🙏🏼Peace🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼

Moses & Henrietta Spencer

7 July 2020

Rest in Love Mrs. Jordan. Not only was she my sister Mother n law, she was also a friend to so many people. She loved people, she loved sharing her extra Razorback tickets with others. May God give the family peace that surpasses all understanding. Take your rest Mrs. Jordan ❤️❤️

Eleanor Stephenson

6 July 2020

I met Mrs. Jordan about 4 years ago as a member of Friends of Haven Of Rest Cemetery, Inc. I remember her mostly and funnily because we tried our best to trace my deceased husband's and her family's linage because of her maiden name and my married name being STEPHENSON. Mrs. Jordan will be greatly missed by all who knew her for her smile and soft voice. May The Most High God continue to bless the family that she loved so dearly.

Eleanor Stephenson,
Member of FHOR

Christine Murray

6 July 2020

Im so sorry for the loss of our dear friend Gladys. We will miss you dearly.I know its so hard for your family because they know how much you loved them. You are my mothers best friend, you worked together, traveled the world together, restaurant hoped together, just had a blast together! Thank you for being such a great part of my family. You always gave me good advice and I will hear your wise wisdom forever. I love you so much, Christine Murray

DeAnn Murray

6 July 2020

Gladys, I miss you so much, but Im glad you are not in pain and are where you will be at peace forever.
I really enjoyed the time we spent together at work, eating together at Red Lobster and going to the games.I love you, I will never forget you and our friendship, DeAnn Murray

Irma Hunter Brown

6 July 2020

To the family of Ms. Gladys Jordan, on behalf of the Friends of Haven and Rest Inc., we extend our sincere condolences to the family, and share in your sadness, because we too have lost a dear friend and a faithful member of our organization. We pray God’s peace and blessings to each of you. Irma Hunter Brown, FOHR president.

Djuana Jordan

6 July 2020

Grandmother, I Love and miss you very much...I pray you are resting in the arms of the favorite memory of us 1984 easter sunday...❤❤❤💖💖💖🙏


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