In Memoriam - Mike Jordan

MIKE JORDAN 1938-2016

Another sad loss for the fruit jar hobby. Our condolences to the Jordan family.

Ocala, Florida – George Parritt (Mike) Jordan, 78, passed away June 12, 2016. He was born April 27, 1938 in Rome, Italy to George Champe and Louise Parritt Jordan. He moved here from Virginia 16 years ago. He was a Veteran of the United States Air Force, and worked for the US Department of Defense as an Special Agent/Investigator.  He received a bachelors degree from the University of Southern California.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 48 years, Betty Lou Vanover Jordan; daughter, Connie Sue Jordan, of Centreville, VA, and son, George V. Jordan, of Orlando; and two grandchildren, George and Samantha.  
Mike Jordan had many facets.  He was an avid fruit jar collector who had many small collections, including spittoons, hyacinth vases, food bottles, swizzle sticks, jar openers, and demijohns, just to name a few.  He began this journey in 1969 and over the course of his life, attended 100s of bottle shows all over the country.  He won many awards for his creative and colorful displays, including People's Choice awards, Educational awards, and Dealers Choice awards.  The many folks he met during the shows and bottle club meetings over the years became part of his family.
Mike was also a talented musician.  He was a master on the dobro, which he began playing in 1967.  He played in many bands and with groups all over the country.  He loved attending bluegrass festivals and jams.  He made many good friends in this area of his life.
Mike was also a skilled table tennis player.  He began his table tennis career back in college, at the University of Southern California.  In recent years, he participated in the Florida Senior Games Series and won bronze, silver, and gold medals in doubles.  Several years ago he was 5th in the state of Florida in doubles.
Funeral Service will be held at 11am, Saturday June 18th, at the Open Door Community Church, 5200 SW 145th St. Summerfield, FL with Pastor Gerald Bustin officiating. Interment to follow in Highlands Memorial Park Cemetery at 12:30pm.
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