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Paul William Jordan

 Paul William Jordan, 81, of Hayesville, passed away at his home on Tuesday, April 2, 2019 surrounded by his family.

Paul was born in Blairsville, Ga. to the late Victor and Pauline Jordan on Sept. 26, 1937. He was a graduate of Hayesville High School and Tri-County Community College, with an associates degree in horticulture. Paul joined the U.S. Navy in 1955 where he specialized in flight training simulation and retired as master chief in 1981 after 26 years of service. 

He married his wife, Patricia Fay McDonald on Sept. 27, 1958 in Decatur, Ill. When he and Pat moved back to Clay County, they grew Christmas trees and cane, to which they made syrup. Not one to sit idly around, Paul immersed himself in his community. Paul served three terms as Clay County Commissioner. He was also instrumental in implementing a water and sewage system for the county and the construction and completion of the new courthouse and county office complex.

Paul also served on the board of Tri-County Community College, the Clay County Food Pantry, the board for Moss Memorial Library, Clay County Lions Club, was chairman for the Clay County Board of Health, Good Shepherd Episcopal Church Vestry, co-chairman for the Church Country Fare and was voted Clay County Citizen of the Year in 2003.

Paul is preceded in death by his parents, Victor and Pauline; three brothers, Gerald, Edward and Ray and one sister, Lois.

Paul is survived by his beloved wife, Pat; son, Dan (Michele); daughters, Becky (Craig), Lori (Brad) and Chrissy (Doug); eight grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren; sisters, Phyllis and Thelma, and brothers, Lorin, Sylvan "Bruce" and Wayne.

A celebration of Paul's life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 6 at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in Hayesville. Paul will be laid to rest in the memorial garden that he helped create at the church. Military graveside rites will be conducted by the American Legion Post #96 Murphy, American Legion Post 532 Hayesville, VFW Post 6812, Hayesville and the Marine Corp League Marble, N.C.

In lieu of flowers, consider a donation of time or money to Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 677, Hayesville, N.C. 28904 or the Clay County Food Pantry, 2278 Hinton Center Road, Hayesville, N.C. 28904.

Townson-Rose Funeral Home: www.townson-rose.com is in charge of all arrangements.

Clay County Progress

Mailing Address: PO Box 483, Hayesville, NC 28904
Physical Address: 43 Main Street, Hayesville, NC 28904
Phone: 828-389-8431
Fax: 828-389-9997