Lillian Jordan Early, formerly of Brownwood, died Sunday, August 17, 2008, in Grapevine at the age of 86. Funeral services will be held Saturday, August 23, 2008, at 1:30 p.m., in the Davis-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Brownwood with Rev. Bill Slaymaker and Brent Downs officiating. Visitation will b held on Friday evening, August 22, from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Davis Morris Funeral Home. Burial will follow in the Greenleaf Cemetery in Brownwood.
There will be a gathering for family and friends at home of Mr. Dave & Dr. Leslie Napier, 4614 Shadywood Lane, Colleyville, Texas on Thursday, August 21, 2008 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Mrs. Early was born August 25, 1921, in Brady, Texas, and was the daughter of the late Richard and Mary Morris. She married Arthur M. Jordan on October 31, 1940, in Menard, Texas. He preceded her in death on September 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 sixties. 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; seventeen great-grandchildren, Zachary Napier, Caleb Downs, Haley Downs, Annie Downs, Taylor Jordan, Dustin Jordan, Luke Newburn, Anna Rose Newburn, Sam Newburn, Hannah Armstrong, 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 #82960, Central American Missions International, 8625 LaPrada Drive, Dallas, TX 75228.