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Mr. Kenneth Jerome Jordan

June 29, 1951 ~ July 11, 2023 (age 72) 72 Years Old
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It is with profound sorrow that the management and staff of Mitchell-Josey Funeral Home, Inc. and members of the Jordan family announces the transition of Mr. Kenneth Jordan of Darlington.  Mr. Jordan exchanged time for eternity on Tuesday , July 11, 2023 at his residence following an extended illness. 

Funeral service for Mr. Kenneth Jerome Jordan will be 11:00AM on Saturday, July 15, 2023 at St. James United Methodist Church. Interment will follow at Mt. Zion Baptist Church Cemetery. 



Alpha- This individual was blessed to have been born into a family whose ideals of life included loving God, your fellowman, respect those in authority, and allowing yourself to appreciate differences. On June 29, 1951, Kenneth was born to the late Prince Jerome Jordan and Josephine Franklin Jordan. He was the first son and second child of twelve. 

Omega- On July 11, 2023, God sent His angel to reclaim His son.  Kenneth transitioned peacefully at his home with his family.

Education- Kenneth attended the Darlington County Public Schools. He started his education at J.L. Cain Elementary School, attended Mayo High School, graduating in the class of 1969. He continued his education by attending classes at Florence-Darlington Technical College.

Military- Kenneth enlisted in the United States Air Force on May 27, 1971 under a Buddy Plan. He was honorably discharged from his military duties on May 23, 1975. Kenneth joined the VFW Post 210 to keep in touch with fellow comrades. 

Matrimony- Kenneth was united in marriage to the late Emma Ann Smith Jordan for 43 years. H was Dad to two sons: Kendrick Jordan and Melvin Lamont Smith, one daughter, Kisha Sellers. He was blessed with two grandsons: Tyriq Smith and Braylen White. 

Employment- Kenneth was employed with Galey and Lord- Society Hill Plant. He later gained employment with Nucor Steel. He retired after a tragic accident. 

Spiritual- Kenneth was raised in Saint James United Methodist Church, Darlington, South Carolina. As he grew up, he took on more responsibilities in his church. He served on the Trustee Board, Men’s Choir, Usher, Chairperson of the October Parsonage Committee, Chairperson of Missions and Outreach, and Head Steward for 1st Sunday. Kenneth initiated THE PENNIES FROM HEAVEN Ministry that allowed his committee to present the Sick and Shut-In along with the Seniors gifts at Christmas. Kenneth was very passionate about his church and its members. He gave his life to Christ in January, 2004.  Many people knew Kenneth as a man with a radiant smile and quiet in his own way while others describe him as a man with a heart of gold. He was a man of integrity, reliability, and always willing to go above and beyond to help others. He was humble and a person who adored his family and enjoyed visits with family and friends. Usually, visits would end with him demonstrating his affection by saying “love yuh!” More than that, Kenneth loved the Lord. He was fervent believer that the Lord would take care of him and declared hid readiness to be with the Lord. 

Recreation- Kenneth LOVED fishing. One that could fish all day, catch a mess of fish. Odd thing though- HE DIDN’T EAT FISH! He loved rooting for his favorite football team- THE CHICAGO BEARS. 

FAMILY- Kenneth leaves a legacy of everlasting love and devotion to: his sons: Kendrick Jordan and Melvin Lamont Smith (Kimberly), both of Darlington, SC; his daughter, Kisha Sellers of Atlanta, GA; his grandsons: Tyriq Smith and Braylen White; six sisters: Joanne (Ronnie) Benson, Nita (Roger) Jackson, Patricia (John) Morris, all of Darlington, SC; Bonneva (Terrance) Ezekial of Florence, SC; Eunice (Danny) Ford of Sumter, SC; and Judith (Robert) Dorrah of Elgin, SC; four brothers: Rodney Jordan of Sumter, SC, Anthony Jordan (Celeste) of Lithonia, GA, Charles Jordan of Columbia, SC, and Marvin (Gina) Jordan of Greensboro, NC; aunts: Juanita (Bobby) Nelson of Plainfield, NJ and Jannie Jordan of Newark, NJ. Kenneth’s extended family included six sisters-in-law: Patricia S. Mills, Nancy (Willie) Tedder, Sadie (Michael) Kinley, Amelia (Jimmy) Smith, and Carol Larts, all of Darlington, SC; Geraldine Jones of Winston Salem, NC; three brothers-in-law: Melvin (Mitte Rea) Joint, Willie (Gloria) Smith, and Leroy (Evelyn) Samuel, all of Darlington, SC; two aunts: Betty Warren of Winston Salem, NC and Virginia Joint of Philadelphia, PA; an uncle, Roosevelt (Dorothy) Joint of Philadelphia, PA; numerous nieces and nephews that he truly adored; Breyonna Caldwell, Damari Roary and Payton Roary, who he held great love for; his devoted nieces and caregivers: Whitney Smith and Stephanie Williams; special friends of the family, Linda Stuckey and Kelvin Stuckey whom he helped raise as a son.

Kenneth was preceded in death by his loving wife, Emma Ann Smith Jordan; his parents: Prince and Josephine Jordan; a brother, Dewey Jordan; his maternal grandparents: Reverend John Theodore and Neta Franklin, and paternal grandparents: Eugene and Cartha Jordan, one brother-in-law preceded him in death, Randy Smith and a grandniece, Shaniyah Roary.

Visitation for relatives and friends will be held at the residence, 2195 Greenfield Road, Darlington.

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Funeral Service
July 15, 2023

11:00 AM
Saint James United Methodist Church
312 Pearl Street
Darlington, SC 29532

Interment following funeral service
July 15, 2023

Mt. Zion Baptist Church Cemetery


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