Friends remember Clayton Jordan, a man loved by the community


DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — For the past 25 years, Coach Clayton Jordan has been a staple in the Wiregrass community.

Best-known for his tennis instruction, his work as a P.E. Teacher, a junior high basketball coach, a bus driver, and a scorekeeper, Jordan impacted countless young lives.

“I got to now him through taking tennis lessons from him when I was a teenager,” Providence Dean of Students Mark Wright said. “I just knew him growing up. Since I’ve been working at Providence, he’s been a staple here. He’s been a staple here. He’s been a fixture as a coach. He’s been a mentor of mine, just somebody I’ve looked up to and just been grateful to be able to know him.”

Wright said Jordan was a great storyteller and always had great jokes.

He could explain things so anyone could understand.

People who knew him said he loved working with and teaching young people.

“He was the kind of person that made you feel special when he talked to you,” Head of Providence Emory Latta said. “He listened to what you would have to say, and he would ask you questions. He was not interested in the conversation being about himself, but it was about the person he was talking to.”

Latta said he was a great teacher and mentor to many, but, most importantly, he lived out his faith in Christ.

“He didn’t just talk it he actually lived it,” Latta said. “He was true to what he believed. He loved the lord, and he was the hands and feet for Jesus many many times.”

A celebration of Jordan’s life will be held in Dothan, a place and time has not been determined. Jordan will be buried in Niceville, Florida.

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