Claude E. Jordan, Jr.

June 29, 1923 - August 20, 2022

06/29/1923 - 08/20/2022

VIRGINIA BEACH – Claude Edgar Jordan Jr., 99, passed away on August 20, 2022. He was born in Washington, NC to the late Claude E. and Martha Rhodes Jordan Sr. He was predeceased by wife Ruth Macon Jordan, wife Betty Matthews Jordan, his sister Ellen Byrd Jordan Benner (John), and son Barry Robin Jordan. Left to cherish his memory is his son Claude E. Jordan III (Linda) of Virginia Beach, and stepsons John Charles Matthews of Wilmington, NC and Michael David Matthews of Denver, CO., and step-granddaughters Melissa Oliver (Robert) of Sanford, FL, and Lindsey Starkweather (Lucas) of Atlanta, GA.

Claude was a former vice president of C. E. Thurston & Sons Inc, of Norfolk and a WWII veteran, having served in the Merchant Marines.

Many thanks to the staff and nurses at Seaside, Atlantic Shores for their care and compassion during his illness. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the St. Joseph’s Indian School, PO Box 326, Chamberlain, SD 57326.  Express condolences to the family at

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Frank Holley
6 months ago

Claude and Bette were members of Haygood United Methodist Church, which was my first appointment after Divinity school. Later, I served at Oak Grove, United Methodist Church and Claude joined our congregation there. Four years ago we took a trip to Israel, and he signed up and went. We had a wonderful time, and I helped Claude move around and get to see all the sites there. He was a kind and gentle soul and I will miss his friendship but I will see him again.

Judy Schroeder
1 year ago

I feel privileged to have known both Claude and Betty Jordan. My late husband and I socialized with them on a number of occasions. They were interesting and fun to be with.

Cathy Parkhurst
1 year ago

I remember Claude as a very caring gentle man. He and Betty were here in Loveland for a short time but all who knew him enjoyed his company. My husband and I enjoyed Navy talks with him about service times. Condolences to his family.

Debby Groover
1 year ago

My deepest condolences to your family. Claude was such a gentle, soft spoken man. He was a joy to work with and always had such sound advice. Years ago he served on the Finance team here at Trinity United Methodist Church in Loveland, Colorado. It was a joy to work with him.
Debby Groover
Trinity United Methodist Church
Loveland Colorado

Matilda Clark
1 year ago

Claude will be missed. He added so much to the YANSY Sunday school class at Oak Grove UMC.

Gail Slocum
1 year ago

I’m so sorry about the loss of your Dad/father in law. I’m keeping your family in prayer. God bless you with comfort and peace. Love you all.

Sylvia Cliver
1 year ago

May God give you the comfort and strength you need, I love you and you are in my prayers

Robin Davenport
1 year ago

Sending prayers to you Danny. When losing someone, times are sad. Cherish the memories! Prayers to the rest of the family.

Cheryl J Skinner Tri-State Military Museum
1 year ago

May the love of God surround you and your family during this difficult time,

 May you come to know that the love of God is with you always,

May your memories of Claude E. Jordan III, give you peace, comfort and strength…

Rest now in the arms of our Lord your mission on earth is complete.

I thank you for your service to our Country and my Freedom. You will not be forgotten.

My thoughts

and prayers to the family of ….

US Merchant Marine Veteran, Claude E. Jordan III, is “A True American Hero” God Bless†

† Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13 †