George Vernon Jordan, 91, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family Tuesday, March 26, 2013, in St. George.

He was born in Farmington Oct. 27, 1921 to Claude and Mattie Jordan. The family moved to Livermore and Vernon graduated salutatorian of the class of 1939 of Livermore Falls.

Vernon, as he was always called, graduated from Eastern Nazarene College in 1945 as salutatorian, which enabled him to receive a full scholarship to Harvard Divinity School. From Harvard, he was called to North Waldoboro Church of the Nazarene as pastor.

Earl Spear, the superintendent of the Waldoboro School district asked him if he might consider substitute teaching in various district schools. Vernon took the challenge and realized his gifts were also in teaching young people.

He earned his masters of Education from the University of Maine and became principal at Warren Grade School, where he would do double duty by also teaching eighth grade. Later he would be principal at three schools together, Miller School, Friendship Street School, and Friendship Village School in the Waldoboro district.

During his years of being an educator, he continued to pastor many churches. After being recognized as a minister by the American Baptist Churches he was called to the First Baptist Church of St. George. He had the distinction of having the title of Pastor Emeritus to the First Baptist Church of St. George as well as to the Orff’s Corner Community Church. He was interim pastor to many Baptist churches. He was given recognition for having over 50 years of being faithful to that call by the American Baptist Churches of Maine.

Vernon Jordan served as selectman to the town of Warren for 20 years. He worked together with his dear friend Eddie Boggs to organize the Warren Memorial Day Commemoration. He was the master of ceremonies. Both were always resplendent in their red jackets.

He was the Maine State Representative to the 110th State Legislature. Through the years following his term, he was asked to come and give the opening prayer for various sessions.

Vernon’s primary motto was to serve God, to service his fellow man and to give the best of his ability in all responsibility. This motto is based on the Golden Rule of Luk3 10:27.

He and the love of his life, Dorothy, lived that motto for 64 years. Vernon grew beautiful gladiolas that were given by both Dorothy and Vernon to those in hospitals, nursing homes, home bound, or for special occasions at the various churches they attended.

He was predeceased by his dear wife Dorothy Clark Jordan; by a grandson Richard Vernon Wheeler, by two of his three brothers Norman and Harold Jordan. He is remembered by his brother Donald Jordan, by his two daughters Elaine Chandler and husband Walden and Susan Wilkes and husband Keith.

He leaves grandchildren Amy Wheeler, adopted granddaughter Bonnie Musial, Derick Mallard, Heather Wilkes, Rob and his wife Lorinda Wilkes. He also leaves great-grandchildren Devin Mallard, Jordan Mallard, Nick and Madeline Wilkes, as well as nephews Charles Jordan, James Jordan and his wife Robin, and David Jordan.

A time of visitation will be held Friday, March 29, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Hall Funeral Home, 949 Main St., Waldoboro, ME 04572. A celebration of life will be held Saturday, March 30 at the First Baptist Church of St. George with Rev. Dr. Linwood Welch officiating.

The family suggests donations to the First Baptist Church of St. George for the Furnace Fund.

You are invited to share your condolences, memories, and photos with the family by visiting their Book of Memories at hallfuneralhomes.com. Arrangements are entrusted to Hall Funeral Home and Cremation Services 949 Main St. Waldoboro, ME 04572.