Park dedicated to the late Leola Jordan

Published 7:00 am Saturday, May 9, 2015

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PARK DEDICATION: Friday morning, the city of Picayune unveiled a sign on the park at East Canal Street dedicated to Leola Jordan. Several community officials and Jordan’s family members paid homage to her memory. Photo by Ashley Collins.


Friday, the city of Picayune unveiled a sign dedicating the park on East Canal Street to the late Leola Jordan.

Several community members, including Picayune Mayor Ed Pinero, Picayune City Manager Jim Luke and local law enforcement, along with Jordan’s family paid homage to the woman who was found murdered inside her home years ago.

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“I’m truly honored and my whole family is honored for the city to do something like this for her,” said Troy Jordan, one of Leola Jordan’s sons. “My mother was always giving her hospitality to everyone, she taught school with only an eighth grade education and she was faithful to her church.”

The park was dedicated in Jordan’s name after Councilor Lynn Bogan Bumpers, along with Councilor Larry Breland, spearheaded the project once it was approved by the remaining council back in March.

“She was a great lady. We attended church together. She

inspired me to come to church every Sunday,” Bumpers said.

In June of 1998, Picayune Police Department investigators discovered Jordan murdered inside her own home, according to previous Item coverage. Since then, investigation into the case hasn’t led to any arrests.

The celebration of Jordan’s life will continue today at 3 p.m. at Leola Jordan Park. Food and outdoor entertainment will be provided to the entire community. Bumpers asks those who plan to attend to bring their own lawn chairs.