Rachel W. Jordan

December 10, 1920July 22, 2014

Rachel Olive Whitener Jordan, 93, of Charlotte went home to be with Her Lord and Savior on Tuesday evening, July 22. She passed away peacefully at the Asbury Care Center, Aldersgate United Methodist Retirement Community in Charlotte. Rachel was born in Catawba County, near Hickory, NC, to the late Herbert Ausburn and Edna Olive Deitz Whitener. She was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Paul Alexander Jordan, grand-daughter Conel Jordan, and great grandson Emery Jordan. Rachel was a loving wife and caring mother and is survived by her two children, Tina Rachelle Boals (James) of Cedar Grove, TN, and Timothy A. Jordan (Judy) of Huntsville, AL; and, grand-children Randy Evans of Charlotte, Lance Evans (Noreen) of Monroe, James Boals, Jr., of Cedar Grove, TN, Paul William Boals (Lisa) of Denver, CO, and Charles Paul Jordan (Julie) of Glen Ridge, NJ. There are ten great grand-children with numerous nieces and nephews. Rachel graduated from Claremont Central High School in 1938 (name later changed to Hickory High School) and also from Shuford Beauty School in Charlotte. She worked in sales at Harris Hart Clothing Company in Dilworth from 1955 until 1966 when she began working at the Wesley Nursing Center at The Methodist Home as a Unit Secretary and Scheduling Coordinator, until she retired on December 10, 1982. She was a member of Hickory Grove United Methodist Church, the Hickory Grove Golden Years Club, and the Red Hat Society. Additionally, she served several elected positions, i.e., President of the American Legion Post 400 Auxiliary, Secretary of the Hickory Grove School PTA, and the Church Council of St. Thomas Lutheran Church. Paul and Rachel resided in the Hickory Grove community for 50 years, where they always had a very large vegetable garden. She loved flowers and they frequently sold fresh vegetables, fruit, and honey from their back porch. They were Charter Members of St. Thomas Lutheran Church in Charlotte. When they moved to The Methodist Home in 1994 (name changed to Aldersgate five years later), it wasn't long until she was exercising her "green thumb" with new buds and blooms soon appearing around the campus. She had a knack for drying flowers and making dried flower arrangements that she would sell at craft shows. Many of the Aldersgate residents often referred to Rachel as the "Flower Lady." She was also a perfectionist about many things; however, conservation, the environment, and recycling were always a high priority for her, long before they became popular topics of discussion. Visitation with the family will be held from 2:00 to 3:00 P.M. prior to the funeral service that will be conducted at 3:00 P.M. at the Hickory Grove United Methodist Church, 6401 Hickory Grove Road, Charlotte, NC, with Pastor Mike Goode and Aldersgate Chaplain, Mrs. Karen Moore officiating. Intermittent will be at Charlotte Memorial Gardens (7632 Hood Road, off Robinson Church Road) following the service. In lieu of flowers, the family request that memorials may be made to Hickory Grove United Methodist Church for a Memorial Block; or, to your favorite charity in Rachel's memory



  • Visitation Saturday, July 26, 2014
  • Funeral Service Saturday, July 26, 2014


  • Interment

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Donna Goodwin George

December 28, 2014

Tim and Tina ... I am so sorry for your loss.

What a lovely person your mother was, always interested in what you were doing and always so involved in everything! I remember getting her 'landscaping tour' when she was in her eighties -- what amazing energy!

She was such a big help during my parents final years. And of course a huge advocate for Dot, especially when they were both at the Methodist Home.

I just found out about her passing when visiting my family's graves and was saddened to see the 2014 on her headstone. Resting next to my brother Ronnie now.

When I get home I'll try to find a picture I have of when she and Uncle Paul took me and my then-fiancé David through the woods in Reedy Creek Park to see the remnants of the old Jordan house.

She will be remembered and missed by many, many people. Rest in peace Aunt Rachel.

Annette Biggers Smith

August 10, 2014

Dear Tina, Tim and your families: I deeply regret that I did not know of your mother's death until just this past week. As you may know, Madeline Biggers (my sister-in-law) passed away on June 9th and was buried on June 12, 2014, and I just missed the obituary about Rachel due to grief and trying to get myself "put back together.". Of all the people that I loved in my life, Rachel stood at the top of the list. She was my Sunday School teacher at Hickory Grove Methodist during my junior high years, and she had quite an influence on my life. I used to visit her often at Aldersgate, but due to Bill's stroke and secondary Parkinsonism since 2007, I have not been able to see her. My love and prayers will continue to be with you and all your family. Annette Biggers Smith

June Danner

July 26, 2014

Jordan family
You are in my thoughts and prayers during this time. My mother used to buy vegetables and canned goods from Paul and Rachel when they lived behind HGMC. I came across Rachel at Asbury when I did some sitting over there and while there visited with your mother and watched out for her on the floor. She was such a joy to be around. I know your mother is healthy and happy and back with Paul. God's blessings on you and the entire family.

Donald Whiteher

July 26, 2014

Tina & Tim,
I was Sorry to her About the death fo Aunt Rachel. My thoughts & Prays Will be with you as you Say goodby to Your Mother. May the Lord be with You and Your Families. Love Donald!