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Lennon Douglas Jordan, Sr., age 92, passed away Monday, November 7, 2016 in Bradenton, FL.

Born on October 3, 1924 in St. Augustine, FL, Lennon was the eldest son of Arthur E. and Allie (Tyre) Jordan. On his maternal side, Lennon was a descendant of Digory Priest who came to this country on The Mayflower and Gabriel Priest who arrived in the Territory of Florida around 1824. Lennon, soon joined by middle brother Arthur E. Jr. (called Edward) and youngest brother Harvey F., grew up in Jacksonville, FL and graduated from Robert E. Lee High School in 1942. As the United States was in the throes of World War II, Lennon entered the Army (US Army Air Force) and served our country as an aircraft mechanic specializing in the B-24 Bomber. Lennon was a member of "The Greatest Generation", a title aptly bestowed by Tom Brokaw.

Upon receiving his honorable discharge from our country's service in February, 1946, Lennon headed to the University of Florida on the GI Bill and was the first in his family to graduate from college with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture. After graduation from UF, Lennon moved to Bartow, FL to manage a farm supply business. While in Bartow, Lennon met and married Grace Stephenson in 1951, a marriage that endured for 59 years until her death in September, 2010.

In 1955, Lennon moved his family which now included eldest son, Lennon Jr. born in 1953, to Mascotte and later Groveland in South Lake County to assume management of a farm supply and hardware business known as Cauthen Grove Service. In 1957, Lennon and Grace welcomed their second son Arthur. Cauthen Grove Service later became Growers Hardware and Supply. Lennon managed the growth and success of Growers Hardware until he purchased Groveland Lumber and Hardware in 1971, a successful enterprise that he managed and grew for almost 30 years until retiring in 2000. In 2001, Lennon and Grace moved to Westminster Manor in Bradenton, FL where they enjoyed and lived out their retirement years.

Lennon believed in serving others. He and Grace were Charter Members of South Lake Presbyterian Church in Clermont, FL, where he was an Elder and she was a Deacon. Lennon also served the church as Clerk of Session for many years and was both a Sunday School teacher and member of the choir. Lennon was a Rotarian and pastpresident of the South Lake Rotary Club and lived the Rotary Mission Statement of "Service Above Self". Lennon also served terms as City Councilman and Mayor of Mascotte as well as serving terms on the Board of Directors for South Lake Hospital. Lennon continued his volunteer service at Westminster Manor while running their Country Store, chairing the Residents' Council, running the Fixit Shop, and finding other opportunities to serve Manor residents over the years that earned him the honor of "Volunteer of the Year".

Lennon was preceded in death by his parents Arthur and Allie; his middle brother Edward and wife Bertha; his youngest brother Harvey and wife Gerry; and his beloved wife Grace. Lennon was the last survivor of his generation which also included Grace's siblings. He is survived by son Lennon Jr. and his wife Mary with their children Douglas and Charlotte with her son Weston expected in March. He is also survived by son Arthur and his wife Fran along with Arthur's children Elizabeth Anne (Annie) and husband Tony Lapepero with their children Danica and Dominic; Christina (Tena) and her husband Jason Guarino with their daughters Melanie, Sloan, and Violet; and Katherine (Katie) and her husband Taylor Ashley.