October 19, 1934November 21, 2021

Obituary To everything there is a season and a time for every purpose. Ecclesiastes 3:11 A time to be born Patsy Gatewood Jordan-Steverson was born on October 19,1934 to Artrie Gatewood Sr. and Ethel Meeks Gatewood. A time of faith At an early age, she was united into the Christian Family of St. James CME church. A time for education and service She received her High School Diploma from Pine Street High School, in Conway, Arkansas. She later pursued higher education at Philander Smith College in Little Rock, Arkansas where she was active in Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. She received her Bachelor’s degree in the fields of Social Work and English from Philander in 1956. After graduation from Philander Smith College, she received a Master’s degree in Elementary Education from the University of Arkansas and a Master’s degree in Counseling from Louisiana Tech University. A time to love Following graduation from Philander she married Dr. Chester Jordan. This union produced a daughter, Kim, and a son Chester. Later in life, she married her childhood sweetheart, Mr. Raymond Steverson. This union endured until her death at the age of 87.

A time of honor Patsy Jordan-Steverson was actively involved in community service throughout life in the Methodist church, then later in Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. She was an active member of United Methodist Women. A time to work She worked as an elementary school teacher in Ft. Smith, Arkansas, Gibsland, Louisiana, and New Brunswick, New Jersey. She retired as the Coordinator of Academic Counseling and as Assistant Professor in the College of Basic and Special Studies at Grambling State University. After retirement, she served as a volunteer at Arkansas Children’s Hospital.

A time to rest On Sunday, November 21, she was called to her eternal home surrounded by family. She leaves a legacy of wonderful memories to be cherished by her daughter Kim Jordan-Washington, son, Chester Jordan II; and grandsons, Jordan Kyle Washington, and Chester Jordan III, who brought joy to her life. She was a tireless mentor to students at Grambling State University where she is remembered as being the epitome of professionalism. She will live on in our memories as a devout Christian believer who fought the good fight and never gave up.

In her own words This too shall pass… Just keep living… Never give up… Nothing lasts forever…

May she rest in eternal power…


  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, November 27, 2021


  • Burial

    Saturday, November 27, 2021



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Sondra Boone-Stokes

November 29, 2021

You are greatly missed, Mrs. Steverson. I remember fond memories of our conversations on life while volunteering at United Methodist Women events. You were a beautiful lady, inside and out, and I always enjoyed seeing you at church. This Earth is not your home anymore, but you are in a better place in God's kingdom.

Much love and respect,
Sondra Boone-Stokes

Dollie Howell Pankey

November 27, 2021

To Kim, Chet, and all of Mrs. Patsy Jordan-Steverson's family:

I am so grateful to have known Mrs. Jordan as my church member, neighbor, and CYF advisor. She has left a lasting impact on my life and continues to shape my ministry by her example and leadership.

As we all know, she was beautiful inside and out. Her joy and warmth were great gifts.

Know that your Lewis Temple family and Grambling Heights family are thinking of you and praying for you as you face this moment and the challenging days ahead of you.

Rev. Dollie Howell Pankey
Fifth Episcopal District, CME Church

Ruby Fleming

November 26, 2021

I will always remember Patsy as a very kind and classy Lady and Christian friend. She was very dedicated to serving the church as a United Methodist Women. I send condolences and prayers to the family. May God continue to Bless and Comfort you 🙏 during your time of bereavement.

Gladys Wooden

November 26, 2021

Dearest Mom, thank you for being the most wonderful, awesome and beautiful godmother to me. You truly blessed me in so many ways. I will especially miss our girl talks and all the funny things that we used to share. However, I am reminded that when we are absent from the body, we are present with the Lord. I will always, always love you Mom but I know that the Lord loves you more. So, dear Mom, please sleep in Heavenly peace. Good night, Mom! Love always, your goddaughter, Gladys Wooden from Tampa, Florida.

Tamaika Ross

November 25, 2021

Soror Jordan was my teacher for Freshman Orientation when I started at GSU Fall ‘86. Over the years I reflect on the life lessons I learned in her class and I always will remember her smile. My condolences to her family.