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Carolyn (Tolbert) Jordan

Born: Sun., Sep. 5, 1937
Died: Sun., Feb. 3, 2019


6:30 PM to 8:30 PM, Tue., Feb. 05, 2019
Location: Reavis Funeral Home of Statesville

Celebration of Life Service

2:00 PM Wed., Feb. 06, 2019
Location: Calahaln Friendship Baptist Church

Interment following the funeral service

Wed., Feb. 06, 2019
Location: Oakwood Cemetery Statesville

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Carolyn Tolbert Jordan, 81, of North Carolina Avenue, Statesville, left her earthly classroom to sit at the feet of the Master Teacher on Sunday, February 3, at the Gordon Hospice House. Born on September 5, 1937, she was the daughter of the late Honorable Homer B. and Nellie Tucker Tolbert.

Carolyn was a graduate of Troutman High School, class of 1955.  She graduated from Mars Hill College in 1957, received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Wake Forest College and her Master of Education degree from Appalachian State University. Her teaching career began at Oakwood Junior High in 1959 and continued at Courtney High School, Harmony Elementary School and concluded at East Iredell Elementary School.  She also served as the Iredell County Delegate to the Senior Tarheel Legislature for many years and was a former member of the Statesville Civil Service Commission. 

She loved the churches where Carroll served as pastor, Mt. Vernon, Mountain Road and Calahaln Friendship where she served as a Sunday School teacher and choir member as long as she was able.  She also loved her Alpha Delta Kappa sisters and enjoyed the monthly breakfasts at Sunshines with her former East Iredell colleagues.  She enjoyed bicycle trips through France, along the North Carolina Coast, and Vancouver-British Columbia with her good friend Laree Thompson and others.  After retirement she practiced the fine art of soapmaking and enjoyed giving to friends and selling the items at craft shows and at the Pecan Park and Saturday Statesville Farmers Markets.  Most of all, Carolyn enjoyed giving and sharing with everyone, always unselfishly putting everyone else before herself.

Her memory will be cherished by her husband and best friend of 61 years, G. Carroll Jordan;  two sons, Glenn Carroll Jordan, Jr. of Greensboro, and Michael Tolbert Jordan of Statesville; a daughter, Stephanie Leigh Jordan of Napa, California; two grandsons, Michael Robert Jordan of Statesville and Richard Dean Jordan of Greenville, NC; two brothers, Homer B. “Buddy” Tolbert (Ann) of Cleveland, NC and Carl P. Tolbert (Mary) of Statesville; an uncle, Jimmy Tolbert of Statesville; a nephew, Preston Tolbert (Sara) of Statesville and two nieces, Angie Cherry of Cleveland and Catherine E.T. Davis (Cody) of Mooresville; a great niece, Allie Gray Davis, and three great nephews,  Tyler and Matthew Cherry and Rowland Davis. In addition to her parents, Carolyn was preceded in death by a daughter-in-law, Norma Holloway Jordan, and her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Glenn and Nell Jordan.

A Celebration of Life Service will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 6,   from the Calahaln Friendship Baptist Church, 407 Calahaln Road, Mocksville, with Rev. Sidney Norton and Rev. Ervil Jones officiating.   Burial in Oakwood Cemetery in Statesville will follow immediately after the service. The family will receive friends at the Reavis Funeral Home of Statesville from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 5.

Words cannot express our appreciation for the love and care shown to Carolyn by everyone at Hospice and Palliative Care both at her home and at the Gordon Hospice House.  Also, we express our love and thanks to two very special people, Janie Williams and Brenda Beck, for their kindness and care to both Carolyn and her family.

Memorials may be considered to Gordon Hospice House, 2341 Simonton Road, Statesville, NC 28625, or the Calahaln Friendship Baptist Church Building Fund, 523 Ralph Ratledge Road, Mocksville, NC 27028.

Davie Funeral Service is serving Carolyn’s family.  Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.daviefuneralservice.com.

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The staff & management of Davie Funeral Service
   Posted Sun February 03, 2019
The heartfelt condolences of the staff & management of Davie Funeral Service are extended to the family and many friends of Carolyn Tolbert Jordan. We are honored to serve you and trust that something we say or do will help ease your burden during this difficult time of loss.

Barbara Barney
   Posted Sun February 03, 2019
We would like to express our deepest sympathy to the family of Carolyn Jordan. She was a very dear and special friend and we loved her very much. When our children were growing up every summer she would let them pick out a place to go. She was so special to all of us. She was the most caring person. Heaven gained our special angel on Sunday. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Love you.

Thomas and Barbara Barney

Mark and Linda Taylor
   Posted Mon February 04, 2019
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time.

Mike Shinn
   Posted Mon February 04, 2019
I was saddened to read of Carolyn's passing. She and I taught in the Iredell County schools for many years and were active on various committees and projects. Carolyn was dedicated and hard-working, and committed to serving her students. She must have been deeply influenced by her parents, who were also wonderful people. Her former students and co-workers share your family's grief. May our Lord be with the Jordan and Tolbert family during this time of loss.

Stephen Webb
   Posted Mon February 04, 2019
Mrs. Jordan was a wonderful woman and a wonderful teacher. I had her for English at East Iredell. She had such a heart for her students and was one of the most encouraging teachers I ever knew. I look forward to seeing her again on the other side.

Joanne Witte
   Posted Mon February 04, 2019
Stephanie - I am so sorry for your loss. Thinking of you and your family during this difficult time with prayers.

Merrianne McCall
   Posted Mon February 04, 2019

You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers during this time. May God surround you all in His peace and love now and in the days to come.

Denise Mitchum Wilkerson
   Posted Mon February 04, 2019
I fondly remember Mrs. Jordan as one of my teachers, and want to express my condolences to her family. She always had a smile and was much loved by students and friends. Prayers for her family and Rev. Jordan.

Michel Fox Johnston
   Posted Mon February 04, 2019
Ms. Jordan was my teacher at East Iredell Elementary school. I have many wonderful memories of her and being in her English class. We also had an awesome softball team too. I can only hope made her proud she was a true blessing to me. I will truely miss her.

Shirley Thorne
   Posted Tue February 05, 2019
My sincerest sympathy to Carroll and family.

Vickie (Hedrick) Bennett
   Posted Tue February 05, 2019
Carroll and family, So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time.

Martha Lambert
   Posted Tue February 05, 2019
Carolyn was a very kind and loving person. I was blessed to have known her. She will be greatly missed. To all the family you are in my thoughts and prayers. God will comfort as no other can. His grace is sufficent for all trials.

Kimberly Keeton
   Posted Tue February 05, 2019
I would have to say that Mrs. Jordan was one of my favorite teachers. It was easy to see she loved not only what she did, but all of us. You could feel it. She instilled in me a love for reading and digging deeper into a story. For that I will be eternally grateful as I have been able to pass on her enthusiasm to my own daughter. She will never be forgotten.

Vicki Russell
   Posted Tue February 05, 2019
Dear Carroll and family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you. Carolyn was a first class lady. I always enjoyed sharing our teacher stories at the Rash reunions. She was loving and enjoyed life at the fullest. Love, Hugh and Vicki Russell

Lee Barney
   Posted Tue February 05, 2019
Dear Rev. Jordan,
I am sorry to hear about your loss but we all know Mrs. Jordan is in Heaven now. We have missed you over the years as you were both a part of my childhood @ Calahaln. God Bless.

Charlie and Yvonne Bridges
   Posted Tue February 05, 2019
We are thinking of you. Our prayers are with you. Will certainly miss her.

Vickie Carson Cheek
   Posted Sun February 10, 2019
Mrs. Jordan was my 8th grade teacher and basketball coach at Harmony School. She was one of my favorite teachers. She loved all of her students. It was a privilege to have known her. Sorry for your loss, I know she will be missed.

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