Carolyn Tolbert Jordan

Published 1:52 pm Monday, February 4, 2019

Carolyn Tolbert Jordan, 81, of Statesville, died on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019 at the Gordon Hospice House.

Born on Sept. 5, 1937, she was the daughter of the late Honorable Homer B. and Nellie Tucker Tolbert. She was a graduate of Troutman High School, class of 1955. She graduated from Mars Hill College in 1957, earned  her bachelor’s degree from Wake Forest College and her master’s 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 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 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, she enjoyed giving and sharing with everyone, always unselfishly putting everyone else before herself.

Survivors: her husband and best friend of 61 years, G. Carroll Jordan;  2 sons, Glenn Carroll Jordan Jr. of Greensboro, and Michael Tolbert Jordan of Statesville; a daughter, Stephanie Leigh Jordan of Napa, Calif.; 2 grandsons, Michael Robert Jordan of Statesville and Richard Dean Jordan of Greenville; 2 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; 2 nieces, Angie Cherry of Cleveland and Catherine E.T. Davis (Cody) of Mooresville; a great niece, Allie Gray Davis, and 3 great-nephews,  Tyler and Matthew Cherry and Rowland Davis.

She was also preceded in death by a daughter-in-law, Norma Holloway Jordan, and her father- and mother-in-law, Glenn and Nell Jordan.

A celebration of life service will be conducted at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 6   from the Calahaln Friendship Baptist Church, 407 Calahaln Road, Mocksville, with the Revs. Sidney Norton and Ervil Jones officiating. Burial in Oakwood Cemetery in Statesville will follow. The family will receive friends at the Reavis Funeral Home of Statesville from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 5.

Memorials: Gordon Hospice House, 2341 Simonton Road, Statesville, 28625; or Calahaln Friendship Baptist Building Fund, 523 Ralph Ratledge Road, Mocksville.