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Lucille Jordan

March 26, 1923 — November 15, 2023

Knoxville, TN

Funeral service:  11am  Monday, November 27, 2023, Carr Methodist Church

                             Interment will follow in the Carr Church Cemetery

The family will remain following the funeral service to visit with friends.


Lucille was born at home in Lake MS to Herbert Archibald Cameron and Julia Jenette Cameron nee Whatley.  She had an older sister by nine years Viva Jewel and a younger brother by seven years, John Ray.  She attended Lake High school.

Lucille was a wild child running away from home to join the rodeo when she was seventeen.  She met and married Roy Davis and they had a daughter, Otella Jewel. The rodeo life was too hard with a newborn, and she returned to Forest and then went to Mobile, Al where she found several jobs culminating with a position at Brookley, Air Force Base. She also met, fell in love with and married Anthony Eugene Jordan, a Mobile native who was a bookkeeper for several small Mobile enterprises.

Lucille rose in grade in the Air Force Civilian service and followed those promotions, first to Memphis then back to Mobile and finally to Kelly Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. During those years Lucille and Gene had three sons, Tony, Herbert, and Michael. Gene contracted leukemia and died in 1965 leaving Lucille to raise her sons alone.  She did a fine job: Tony is a former U.S. Air Force pilot, and later retired as Deputy Director Technical Services of the Central Intelligence Agency; Herb is a retired Army Officer, and subsequently retired from Raytheon as a Director level executive. Michael is a retired Marine Corps Colonel and is currently the chief civilian lawyer for the U.S. Army’s European Command in Stuttgart, Germany[HJ4] [JMCCEE(5]  All three boys are combat veterans who between them served our Nation in the wars in Viet Nam, Kuwait, Iraq, and Afghanistan.


Lucille was a walker and belonged to several volksmarch and hiking groups. She has hiked all over the United States, Europe, and parts of Asia.  She loved laying out walks for events and enjoyed the interpersonal interactions with all the participants.  A true Southerner Lucille never met a stranger. If she sat next to you on the train or plane you would become fast friends, trading life stories.

Lucille began her Air Force career supporting the Bomark Missile Program and then moved to the Titan Missile Program and finally to the Space Shuttle Program where she was the contracts officer for the Space Shuttle Fuels Program.  This involved finalizing contacts for and then overseeing the production and shipment to Cape Kennedy (Canaveral) of the fuel and oxidizer for the Space Shuttle engines and the hydrogen peroxide gas for the maneuvering jets.

She retired from the Department of the Air Force after a forty-five year career and spent the rest of her life walking, visiting children and grandchildren spread all over the world.  At last count she had forty-five children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, great-great grandchildren.

She will be buried next to her husband, daughter, parents and about forty other relatives in the cemetery at Carr Church in Smith County, Ms.  Her great grandfather built the church in 1837.

She is preceded in death by her parents, husband Anthony E. Jordan, daughter Ottella Jewel Tadlock, grandson Michael Andrew Cameron Jordan, sister Viva Jewel Cromer and brother John Cameron.

OTT & LEE Funeral Home of Forest is honored to serve the Jordan family.

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