Marshall Jordan was born on February 9, 1929 in Newark, New Jersey. He was the only child of Elizabeth Pryor and James Jordan. He departed this life suddenly on December 14, 2020. He received his education in the Newark Public School system. Marshall married Odessa Tabron in January 1953 and from this union two children were born: a daughter Shelda and a son Gregory. Marshall enlisted in the Army in 1953 and was Honorably Discharged in 1955. His love of travel led him to a career as a Merchant Seaman which afforded him the opportunity to travel the world. He enjoyed sharing stories of his travel and providing gifts for family and friends. Marshall retired as a Merchant Seaman in 1984 after more than 25 years of employment.
After retirement Marshall spent time vacationing in North Carolina with his grandchildren. Marshall also stayed busy with his “second job” of traveling to New York daily, spending time with friends at Level One Bakery and engaging in political debates. His cousin Hortense shared that “Marshall was a sharp dresser, who loved quality clothes, hats and shoes. However, Marshall’s greatest joy was spending time with and spoiling his Grandchildren. Although Marshall’s health had declined in his later years he lived life to the fullest and on his own terms. Marshall was preceded in death by his wife Odessa of 65yrs and son Gregory. He leaves to cherish his memories his daughter Shelda Fountain (Steve) of Durham,NC; grandchildren Jamal, Nasira, Salima and Rashid Abdur-Razzaq(Shelly), Jamila Smothers (Steve)and Jai Fountain; great grandchildren, Aneesah,Tawheed,Orian,Nailah,Naliyah and Marley; Special cousins,Slyvia Terrell,Hortense Gatlin and Lillian Sneed of Newark, NJ and a host of other relatives and dear friends.
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