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Debra Jordan's Biography

Debra Jordan's Biography

Debra Ann Jordan was born January 25, 1956 in Little Rock, Arkansas to the late DeArthur William Jordan Sr. of Little Rock, Arkansas and the late Maxine (Hollingsworth )Jordan born in Winston, Georgia on February 2, 1937. Debra was born the first of eight children which includes: DeArthur Jordan Jr., Marsha Renee Jordan (who preceded her in death), Sharon Jordan, Timothy Jordan, Carol Jordan, Tony Jordan, and LaVonnia Rouse all siblings currently live in Little Rock, Arkansas. 

The late DeArthur William Jordan Sr. served as a Staff Sergeant in the United States Air Force retiring April 1, 1970. While serving in the United States Air Force he received the following awards:

·         The Air Force Good Conduct Medal with 2 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters

·         The Air Force Good Conduct Medal with 3 Bronze Loops

·         The National Defense Service Medal

·         The Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

·         The Air Force Longevity Service Award with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters

After retiring from McChord Air Force Base in Washington D.C. he relocated to Las Vegas, Nevada and remained until the time of his death.

The late Maxine (Hollingsworth) Jordan sang in a gospel group with her sisters (The Hollingsworth Sisters) and later became a well known gospel singer with the Spiritualettes of Little Rock, Arkansas. In April 1969 she married James Rouse. In July 1986 she relocated to Las Vegas, Nevada and remained until her death.

Debra Jordan attended Carver Elementary, Booker T. Washington Jr. High, and Hall High Schools. In the late 1970’s through the early 1980’s she attended OIC Vocational Institute in Little Rock, Arkansas. She afterwards worked for Doctor Townsend’s (a well known Optometrist) office as his personal secretary.  October 23, 1973 she gave birth to her first born daughter Kenya (Jordan) Matthews.  In 1975 she married Jimmy Calvin Perry during their marriage they conceived one daughter Yolanda (Perry) Trimble.  February 19, 1981 she gave birth to her third daughter LaTanya Jones. She was a proud grandmother of four: Kaneisha Farr, Kerry Farr Jr., Daetriaun Jones, and Michael Cox Jr.

Debra was a member of Antioch Baptist Church all of her childhood, teenage, and most of her adult life, there she sang in the choir under the leadership of Pastor A. King. In 2002 she became a faithful member of Rainbow Deliverance Ministry under the leadership of Pastor Daryl Smith and remained until her death. Debra and her children have lived in Little Rock, Arkansas, Shreveport, Louisiana, and Las Vegas Nevada.  Throughout all of her travels she always landed back in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Debra Jordan was a gentle lady who loved her children passionately, never met a stranger. She had a deep spirituality and faith, was non-judgmental, compassionate and had a wonderful sweetness about her. She loved dancing, cooking and listening to music. She could talk to anyone; everyone that met her liked her.

Debra passed away July 5, 2006 in Las Vegas, Nevada while visiting family. She was returned back home to Little Rock, Arkansas for funeral and interment services. Her funeral was held at Moody Chapel A.M.E., Little Rock, Arkansas - Officiating Pastor Elder Carl Jamerson and Servant Reverend Hezekiah Stewart Jr. - Burial - Oakland Cemetery in Little Rock, Arkansas.