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Local man honored with memorial fund

Jun 11 2003 12:00AM
By Lindsay Morrison, Sun Staff Writer
The Southeast Sun
The life of Mark Jordan left a lasting imprint on the lives of his friends and family who are now trying to raise funds for a memorial in his name.

Jordan, a local attorney, died last year after struggling with multiple sclerosis for more than 20 years. The chronic, often disabling, disease of the central nervous system left him confined to a wheelchair.

His love of sporting events did not diminish despite his inability to participate physically.
"A lifelong dream of his was to have a park for the handicapped Ė mental and physical," said his wife Pennie Jordan.

Mayor Tim Alford said plans are not finalized, but the funds contributed in Mark Jordanís name will be used for the construction of a family pavilion at the new sportsplex.
"I am supportive of the efforts of the friends, classmates of Mark Jordan," said Alford. "He was a leader in the community, in his church, and in his profession. I think it is appropriate to memorialize him in this way."

When completed by early next year, the sportsplex will feature four softball and baseball fields. A central press box, observation area, concession stand, and the restrooms will be located at the center of the four fields. The park will have several pavilions for families and teams to find shelter from the hot sun or summer showers.

Rotary International plans to fund the building of a playground area where children with disabilities can play. The mayor said the pavilion honoring Mark Jordan would probably be placed right next to the playground area.

"This will be used by kids for generations to come and thatís why I think itís such a good memorial for Mark because he was such a family man," said Alford.

Checks and contributions should be sent to P.O. Box 31000, Enterprise, Alabama 36061. Make checks out to the City of Enterprise and include a notation that the money is designated for the Mark Jordan Memorial fund.

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