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Jordans named 2012 Fair Old Timers

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Mrs. Jordan is a charter member of the Board of Directors of Wilson County Promotions, Inc., and has seen the reorganization of the Fair by Wilson County Promotions grow from a few tents in the early days at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center to what it is today.


For many years she was chairperson of the Fairs Hospitality Committee, which feeds the -plus board members and volunteers during the fair. While no longer chairperson, she still assists in organizing snacks for the Fair Board meetings and other special events. Mrs. Jordan continues her work as chairperson of the Preemie Quilt Exhibit and she assists Mr. Jordan in the Crop Exhibits, as well as working in the Jordan House, Wilson County Fair Museum, which was given by their son and daughter-in-law, James and Judy Jordan.


Claude Martin Jordan spent most of his childhood in the Gladeville community. He was one of nine children, and his parents were James Bernice and Gracie Lee Foster Jordan. He is a member of Mt. Olivet Baptist Church in Leeville, where he married Virginia and serves as a deacon. He is known in the community for his visits each and every week to a number of friends who are sick or shut in.


Mr. JordanHe is a retiree of DuPont and Reemay. He served in the Korean Conflict where he was assigned to the 65th Combat Engineers, with the 25th Division. He made the rank of Corporal and was awarded the United Nations National Defense Medal and the Korean War Medal. He is also a member of the American Legion.


Mr. Jordans duties for many years has been serving as chairperson of the Crops and Vegetables exhibits, which includes securing sponsorships and judges.


The couple first met when they were in the seventh and eighth grades at Leeville School. They started dating shortly before Claude left for Korea. They would write each other each week. Mrs. Jordan has kept every letter exchanged between the two. He even proposed to her in a letter sent to her from Korea. After three years of dating, they were married on Aug. 1, 1953.


Wilson County Fair is a long-standing tradition in the Jordan Family. They are now into their third generation of volunteering at the Fair with grandsons Stephen Ash and Dr. Bradley Jordan serving on the Board. Their granddaughter Lauren Jordan Pack served as a volunteer on the Fair Museum committee until her marriage and move to Woodbury. Their granddaughter-in-law, Julia Long Ash, serves as a volunteer on various committees.


Their daughter and son-in-law, Pam and Jim Jones, are on the Fair Board where they operate the main front gate. Pam has been a chairperson for many years. Their son and daughter-in-law, James and Judy Jordan also are on the Fair Board serving in various positions. James co-authored the History of Wilson County Fair and serves as chairperson of the History Committee and the Wilson County Fair Museum. He was the first president of the Fiddlers Grove Foundation.


Even though they are being honored as the Wilson County Fairs Old Timers these two will certainly not be taking a seat in their rocking chairs. They will be as active as ever pulling together with the other 300-plus volunteers to make the Wilson County Fair one of the best in country, a spokesperson said.


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