WILMINGTON — Henry Davidson Jordan, M.D., died peacefully on August 25, 2021, in the care of his family and Lower Cape Fear LifeCare (Hospice). As he said before he died, “I am on to my next adventure.” He loved his family deeply, just as we loved him with all our hearts.
His parents, Henry Claudius Jordan, M.D., and Mary Sailor Jordan, both deceased, raised him in Fairhope, Alabama. He was very grateful to his father and grandfather, Henry Washington Jordan, M.D., who helped foster his love of medicine and caring for patients, as a pathologist.
As he begins his next adventure, his family will celebrate his life and cherish our memories, always remembering his loving heart, brilliance, and generous nature. He will be sorely missed by his loving wife of 37 years, Margery Ann Walter Jordan of Wilmington, North Carolina and his children, Jennifer Elizabeth “Elizabeth” Jordan McCuiston of Cary, North Carolina, Henry Kenneth “Ken” Jordan of Charleston, South Carolina, Eve Ellen Meyerson of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and Jill Ann Meyerson of Wilmington, North Carolina. We also hope he will join his beloved previous wife, now deceased, Regina Catherine “Jean” McKenzie Jordan, on his new journey.
He is also survived by his brother, William “Bill” Jordan, and sister-in-law, Martha “Cat” Jordan, of Pace, Florida, his son-in-law, William Thomas “Tom” McCuiston, of Cary, North Carolina and Rhonda Vincent Jordan of Charleston, South Carolina.
Called “Grand Pop” by his grandchildren, he will be missed by Kenneth Sullivan “Sully” Jordan, Henry Sailor “Sailor” Jordan, William Thomas “Will” McCuiston, Jr. and Catherine Elizabeth “Kate” McCuiston.
Henry lived a very full life, earning his medical degree at Emory Medical School, completing his internship at Emory Hospital and the Atlanta Veterans Administration Hospital, and then volunteering to join the Navy and serve in Vietnam, supporting and treating the Marines. He then completed a second-year residency in Internal Medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, after which he moved to Alabama where he completed a four-year program in Pathology at the University of Alabama. Following his graduation, he moved with his wife at the time, Jean Jordan, to Wilmington, North Carolina, where he worked at New Hanover Regional Medical Center for 25 years, also serving as the Chairman of the Department of Pathology and Director of the Clinical Laboratory from 1979 to 1985. While at New Hanover, he followed his special passion and became the Medical Director of the American National Red Cross Blood Center from 1976 to 1988.
Henry was known for his fierce determination and perseverance, especially in times of adversity. In 2002, he fell from a ladder and became quadriplegic, but that didn’t stop him. He learned to walk again and was always active, working on projects that many “able-bodied” people could not. Besides his family and friends, he loved living on the Intracoastal Waterway, and was passionate about boating and his beloved boat, Active Transport “AT.” With his wife Margery, he traveled around the world scuba diving in amazing places and taking extraordinary pictures. We will love him forever and always and are so thankful that he has been such an important part of our lives.
Visitation, funeral services, and graveside services will be held on Sunday, August 29, 2021. Visitation is from 11 a.m. to 11:40 a.m. and funeral services begin at noon at Andrew’s Mortuary at 1617 Market Street, Wilmington, North Carolina. Immediately following, graveside services will be held at Oleander Memorial Gardens at 306 Bradley Drive, Wilmington, North Carolina. In lieu of flowers, family and friends can donate to the American Red Cross at 1102 South 16th Street, Wilmington, North Carolina.
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