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Donald H. Jordan, Jr. was born October 2nd in Cincinnati, Ohio to Rev. Donald H. and Katherine C. Jordan. He is the youngest of three sons.
Donald received his primary education from Bethany School in Glendale, Ohio and attended Moeller High School in Cincinnati, Ohio graduating in the spring of 1997. Upon graduation from high school, Donald attended Wright State University in Fairborn, Ohio for one year and then transferring to the University of Cincinnati. Upon his departure from the University of Cincinnati, Donald enrolled in The Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science and received his Bachelor of Mortuary Science Degree on September 22, 2001.
Donald served as the General Manager for Thompson, Hall & Jordan Funeral Homes from 2001 until the spring of 2010. As General Manager, Donald was responsible for the day to day operations of the family's ten locations spread throughout Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. In 2010, Donald felt another calling upon his life and entered law enforcement. Donald served the communities of Woodlawn, Ohio and Forest Park, Ohio as a police officer for almost seven years.
On January 2, 2017, Donald's father Rev. Donald H. Jordan, Sr. closed his eyes for the last time on this earth to wake up in Heaven. Prior to his fathers death, Donald made a promise that he would return to the business full time to build upon his father's legacy. Just over a month after his fathers death, Donald decided to step out on faith and open his own funeral home in memory of his father. He decided to name the funeral home the Donald Jordan Memorial Chapel. In just a few short months, Donald has purchased the former Emmanuel Baptist Church in Middletown, Ohio which will be a new chapel and community center and opened a brand new location in Hamilton, Ohio located at 4083 Pleasant Ave. In June of 2017, a new Middletown, Ohio location opened at 3520 Roosevelt Blvd. This location houses the business office for Middletown. Donald is currently working on opening a third location to serve the Dayton, Ohio area which is scheduled to be open by the end of 2017. Donald is determined to build upon what his father taught him, which is to provide a first class service at a price that every family can afford.
Donald is a Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana as well as a Licensed Insurance Agent in Ohio and Notary Public.
Donald holds memberships in the National Funeral Directors Association, Ohio Funeral Directors Association, Buckeye State Funeral Directors Association, National Funeral Directors and Morticians Association, Kentucky Funeral Directors Association, Indiana Funeral Directors Association, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. and is a founding member of Street Ryderz Motorcycle Club.
Although Donald is a Funeral Director by profession, he is also an FAA Licensed Pilot, a state certified peace officer and a motorcycle enthusiast. Donald is married to the former Toni L. Headen and has three children; Amber, Blaire and Donald, III.
Reverend Donald H. Jordan, Sr. was born January 16, 1932 in Middletown, Ohio, the son of the Reverend and Mrs. James K. (Elsie) Jordan.
Rev. Jordan was educated in the Middletown Public Schools, graduating in 1950. Rev. Jordan attended college at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, Class of 1954 receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration.
Upon graduating from Miami University, Rev. Jordan served in the United States Army from 1954-1956 in the Panama Canal Zone.
Rev. Jordan opened his first funeral home in Middletown, Ohio in May, 1953. He expanded to Hamilton, Ohio in May of 1959 and to Cincinnati, Ohio, purchasing the Lee Funeral Home in 1966, the Houston Funeral Home in 1972, the Pierce and Peoples Funeral Home in 1974, the Wrassman Funeral Home in 1976, and the Denman-Radel Funeral Home in 1988. Green Funeral Home in Hamilton, Ohio was purchased in 1990, Thompson Funeral Home in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1997 and Jones & Simpson Funeral Home in Covington, Kentucky in 1999. Rev. Jordan's most recent acquisition was the Lavenia's Home for Funerals and the Summer's Funeral Home both located in Indianapolis, Indiana. Today, Rev. Jordan operates one of th elargest funeral home operations in the state of Ohio. In Cincinnati, the funeral homes are known as Thompson, Hall and Jordan Funeral Homes. With the acquisition of Thompson's, the company celebrated 100 years of service to the Greater Cincinnati community in 1999.
Rev. Jordan was a member of many civic church organizations, such as, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity; Toussaint Lodge #19, F&AM, King Solomon Consistory #20, Illustrious Sir, 33rd Degree mason, St. Paul Chapter #10, Royal Arch Masons; former President, Booker T. Washington Community Center; United Funeral Directors of Greater Cincinnati; Buckeye State Funeral Directors Association; National Funeral Directors and Morticians Association; NAACP; Blythe-Williams Post 231 American Legion; Miami Alumni Association; and various other community and church organizations.
Rev. Jordan was a member of the South Ohio Annual Conference, African Methodist Episcopal Church; pastored Anderson Chapel A.M.E. Church, 1977-79, Cincinnati, Ohio; Quinn Chapel A.M.E. Church, 1979-96, Forest Park, Ohio. At Quinn Chapel, he led the congregation in purchasing six acres of land, building a $2.5 million edifice. The membership went from 50 to over 800. Rev. Jordan was assigned to Allen Temple A.M.E. Church in 1996. Allen Temple is the oldest African American Church in the northern United States from Cincinnati to the Pacific Ocean. Under Rev. Jordan, Allen Temple purchased the Swifton Commons Shopping Mall consisting of 34 acres of land and 425,000 square feet of building space. When totally renovated and completed as a retail center, this property will be valued in excess of sixty million dollars and will be the largest commercial development of any African American congregation in the United States of America at one site. In honor of Rev. Jordan, the Allen Temple board of Trustees voted to rename the Shopping Mall to Jordan Crossing.
While pastoring at Allen Temple, over 600 people united with the church. In May 2004, Allen Temple A.M.E. Church began worshiping in their new five million dollar edifice, the first new church in the history of Allen Temple. Rev. Jordan retired from pastoring in 2006 after 29 years of service to the African Methodist Episcopal Church.
Rev. Jordan was called from labor to reward on January 2, 2017 at the age of 84.
Rev. Jordan is survived by Katherine Chavis Jordan, three sons, Phillip, Kevin and Donald, Jr. and six grandchildren.
Toni L. Jordan, the daughter of Cathy Lambert, was born February 23rd in Cincinnati, Ohio. Toni was educated in the Princeton City School district and graduated from Princeton High School in 1996. In the summer of 2001, Toni met Donald Jordan, Jr. at her grandmother's funeral. On August 30, 2008 Toni and Donald were married. Soon after they were married, Toni started working with the Jordan Family at Thompson, Hall & Jordan Funeral Home as an administrative assistant and rose to the position of office manager. When her husband decided to open his own funeral home, Toni was right by his side and resigned from her position at Thompson, Hall & Jordan Funeral Home and is now the Vice President of the Donald Jordan Memorial Chapel. Toni is also the office manager and handles the scheduling of services.
Toni, along with her husband Donald, have three children: Amber, Blaire and Donald, III.
Brittany brings over 11 years of experience having served families throughout the Columbus, Dayton and Cincinnati areas. She is well versed in assisting families in their time of need and creating transformational healing experiences with care and compassion. Brittany is an alumnus of the University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science where she obtained her Bachelor of Science Degree in Mortuary Science in 2010. After graduation, she relocated to Columbus, Ohio where she accepted her first position with the prestigious Schoedinger Funeral and Cremation Service, where she served for 5 years. She went on to work for another highly respected funeral home in Columbus, Diehl- Whittaker Funeral and Cremation Service, for 2 years. Brittany relocated back home to Cincinnati in June of 2017 to be near family and serve her local communities. She managed a funeral home in Dayton, Ohio for two years and took care of many families in the Queen City Area for three years as well. She served a Co-Chair position on the Young Funeral Directors Board and has received numerous letters and a great deal of recognition as an outstanding funeral director. Brittany is often called upon by families through recommendations from the families she has had the opportunity to serve or who have witnessed the compassionate care given, to the many lives she’s touched. She truly treats the families she serves, as though they are her own.
Get to know Brittany: Brittany has one daughter, Inara, who is 4 years old and is the light and love of her life. Born in Hamilton, OH and a long-time resident of Forest Park, she graduated from Winton Woods High School. She enjoys yoga, nature, music, sporting events (a huge fan of The Cincinnati Bengals and The Cincinnati Reds), creating customized products and time with her family.
Brittany is most excited for continued learning opportunities for growth but also to share her years of experience and passion in serving the families of our community. She is excited to begin a new journey with the Donald Jordan Memorial Family.
Joseph C. Thomas has been in the funeral industry for over 40 years. Working alongside Rev. Donald Jordan, Sr. in Middletown he was a valued employee and a very good friend. Today he continues to serve as a Funeral Assistant and Driver, helping to preserve the Legacy and Love for the late Rev. Donald H. Jordan, Sr.
Joseph graduated from Middletown High School and served 2 years in the US Army. He was employed by AK Steel Corporation for 37 years. He also owned and operated Thomas Limousine Service in which he transported students in the INROADS Program for the University of Cincinnati and students in UPWARD BOUND Program for Miami University.
Joseph’s affiliations are many; here are just a few…he serves as Trustee at Tried Stone Baptist Church in Middletown, member of Butler County Sheriff’s Dept. – Special Deputy for 19 years. Member of Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Blue Ribbon Key Communicator for Middletown School System, Member of the Middletown Board of Health. Joe was past President of the Southside Evening Optimist Club and the Southside Community Club.
Funeral Assistant/Photography Specialist
Jasmine is granddaughter of Terraleen Jordan-Milton and great granddaughter of Paul Jordan, Sr. She was born and raised in Middletown, Ohio and attended Middletown City Schools. In 2009 Jasmine relocated to Atlanta, Georgia to pursue schooling and a career in nursing. Realizing that nursing wasn’t the career path for her, Jasmine started her own freelance photography business. She named her business DKJ Photography by Jasmine, after her great uncle the late Dwayne Kent Jordan. Since moving back to Ohio in July of 2016, Jasmine has decided that she will pursue a career in the funeral business, one that she has had a passion for her entire life. She currently does exclusive funeral photography for Donald Jordan Memorial Chapel and will attend Cincinnati State in Spring 2018 to further her education. From there she will transfer to the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science to obtain a Bachelor’s Degree in Mortuary Science. Her goal is to assist her family in continuing the legacy of her great, great uncle Donald Jordan Sr. In her spare time, Jasmine enjoys spending time with family and friends, including her daughter Kamdyn.