George A. Smith & Sons Funeral Home

2812 North Highland, Jackson, TN


Ohna Jo Oglesby Jordan

March 19, 1931August 31, 2020

Ohna Jo Oglesby Jordan died in her home after an extended illness, August 31,2020. She was 89 years old.

She was born in Morton’s Gap, Kentucky, March 19, 1931 to Elmer Oglesby Jr. and Mabel Johnson Oglesby. She was raised in church and became a Christian at 9 years old. She is a graduate of Dawson Springs High School and married Nevel C. Jordan of Princeton, KY in 1947. The family moved with Nevel’s career with A&P many times arriving in Jackson in 1966. Nevel was the A&P store manager in Jackson at the store on Lafayette Street and then moved to the new A&P at Old Hickory Mall. Jo worked for many years as an Executive Secretary including the Nursing Department at Union University, the National Bank of Commerce and retired from the West Tennessee Regional Blood Center.

After retirement she volunteered in social work classes to role model concerns of the elderly for the students. She also volunteered with ARM and worked with the Community Café when it first opened. She was member of the order of the Eastern Star. She was a faithful member of the First Baptist Church, joining in 1966. She served in a number of ministries including teaching Sunday School and Training Union, Director of Childrens Church and a member of the choir.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Nevel, in 2003 and her brother Jackie in 2004.

She is survived by two sons, Greg (Melinda) of Jackson and Tony (Renee) of Henderson. She is the grandmother of 6 grandchildren: James Jordan (Emily) of Chicago, Donald Jordan of Jackson, Paul Jordan (Brandi) of Birmingham, Amy Owens (Cole) of Birmingham, Dylan Dyer (Jordan) of Henderson and Casey Jordan of Henderson. She is the great grandmother of 8, Eddie (James and Emily), Cadence and Sarah (Paul and Brandi), Charlie, Gray and Paige (Amy and Cole), Hadley and Adeline (Dylan and Jordan).

She will be buried beside her husband at Ridgecrest Cemetery. A private graveside memorial service will be held for the immediate family. Since we cannot have visitation feel free to post comments, photos or stories to Jo’s Facebook page to honor her memory.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to First Baptist Church of Jackson. First Baptist Church, 1627 North Highland, Jackson, TN 38301 or ComeUnity Cafe 218 East Main Street Jackson TN 38301.


  • Nevel C. Jordan, Husband (deceased)
  • Greg Jordan (Melinda), Son
  • Tony Jordan (Renee), Son
  • James Jordan (Emily), Grandson
  • Donald Jordan, Grandson
  • Paul Jordan (Brandi), Grandson
  • Amy Owens (Cole), Granddaughter
  • Dylan Dyer (Jordan), Grandson
  • Casey Jordan, Grandson
  • Eddie Jordan, Great Grandchild
  • Cadence Jordan, Great Grandchild
  • Sarah Jordan, Great Grandchild
  • Charlie Cole, Great Grandchild
  • Gray Owens, Great Grandchild
  • Paige Owens, Great Grandchild
  • Hadley Dyer, Great Grandchild
  • Adeline Dyer, Great Grandchild
  • Jackie Oglesby, Brother (deceased)
  • Elmer Leslie Oglesby, Jr., Father (deceased)
  • Rose Mabel Johnson Oglesby, Mother (deceased)

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  • First Baptist Church of Jackson
  • ComeUnity Cafe


  • The Graveside Service

    Thursday, September 3, 2020


Ohna Jo Oglesby Jordan

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Pam Kirthlink

September 3, 2020

Thinking of the family at this time. OES

Chris Oglesby

September 1, 2020

Love you all so very much! I will always remember the Thanksgiving get togethers fill with music, food and great times spent with each other. I loved hearing Auntie Jo and dad singing “Satisfied”!! They had the best time doing that. I am sure they are raising the roof on a couple of mansions now!!!

Brenda Malone

September 1, 2020

Very sorry for your loss will remember the family in prayer. Love Brenda Malone

Frances Hunley

September 1, 2020

I'm so sorry to read of the loss of my dear friend Jo. Jo was on my mind a couple of weeks ago and I was wondering about her. I would always have a great visit when it was Miss Tennessee time as she would sell me her tickets for years. Same seats each year. Jo was an inspiration to me and I loved her. Prayers for all the family. Jo will be missed by many. Love, Frances Hunley.

Renee Douglass

September 1, 2020

So many fond memories with Auntie Jo and our family. At family get togethers we would tell stories old and new. I can hear her laughter in those memories. Singing gospel music was always a part of family reunions. My favorite song to hear was Satisfied with Dad. Much love to all of our family. We are all better to have had her in our lives.


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