Lillian Jordan Early, formerly of Brownwood, died Sunday, Aug. 17, 2008, in Grapevine at the age of 86. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, 2008, in the Davis-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Brownwood with the Rev. Bill Slaymaker and Brent Downs officiating. Burial will follow in the Greenleaf Cemetery in Brownwood. Visitation will be held from 6 until 8 on Friday evening, Aug. 22, at Davis-Morris Funeral Home.
There was a gathering for family and friends at the home of Mr. Dave and Dr. Leslie Napier, 4614 Shadywood Lane, Colleyville, Texas, from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 21, 2008.
Mrs. Early was born Aug. 25, 1921, in Brady, Texas, and was the daughter of Richard and Mary Morris. She was married to Arthur M. Jordan on Oct. 31, 1940, in Menard, Texas. He preceded her in death on Sept. 4, 1980. She married Charles Early in 1991 and he passed away in 2002.
She was also preceded in death by her parents, two sisters, Edith Knable and Erma McCarter, two brothers, Calvin and Arthur Morris, and one son, Roy Dean Farris.
She was much loved and revered by a host of family and friends. Because she grew up in impoverished conditions, she loved sharing with others and had a remarkable work ethic. Her contagious smile and laugh will not be forgotten by those who knew her. She loved helping others and telling stories on herself that made others enjoy being around her. She was affectionately known as “Nana” to grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and a host of others and she could never seem to do enough for those she loved.
Playing bingo was one of her favorite pastimes, as much for being with friends as for the game itself. She also loved to go fishing and she even attended night classes and earned a GED diploma in her early 60s. She was a Baptist. She lived most of her life in Brownwood, Texas, but moved to Grapevine in 2002 where she was lovingly cared for by her daughter until her death.
Survivors include a son, Riney Jordan and his wife, Karen, of Hamilton, Texas; a daughter, Shirley Armstrong of Grapevine, Texas; one stepson, Jerry Jordan of California, one brother, Kenneth Morris of Brady; eight grandchildren, Paige DeJacimo, Leslie Napier, Dena Farris-Peltz, Le’Ann Downs, Todd Jordan, Sarah Newburn, Julianne Bryson and Bixby Jordan; 17 great-grandchildren, Zachary Napier, Caleb Downs, Haley Downs, Annie Downs, Taylor Jordan, Dustin Jordan, Luke Newburn, Anna Rose Newburn, Sam Newburn, Hannah Arm-strong, Jordan DeJacimo, William DeJacimo, Jacob DeJacimo, Lily Peltz; Makoa Bryson, Koji Bryson, Aleia Jordan, and Jace Jordan, along with numerous nieces and nephews.
The family requests that memorials be made to the Down’s Missionary Family, Account No. 82960, Central American Missions Inter-national, 8625 LaPrada Drive, Dallas, TX 75228.