PFLUGERVILLE— Omer Edward Jordan, son of Will and Adola (Edge) Jordan, was born in the rural Texas community of Beaukiss. He came into this world in a log cabin on Sept. 30, 1912, the last of nine children.
His life centered in and around that Texas community, surrounded by his large family and a host of friends until he went to make his way in the world.
He was the last in his immediate family to pass over. His mama and papa; sisters, Iler (who died in infancy), Addie, Velma, Emma, Geneva and Willie; and brothers, Gordon and Elmo; along with his precious wife of 72 years, were all there to welcome him home.
Omer gave his heart to the Lord at 70 years of age, walked the isle and was baptized.
Services were on Sept. 18 at the Memorial Chapel of Cook-Walden/Capital Parks Funeral Home in Pflugerville with Pastor Mark Nygard of Yegua Creek Evangelical Free Church officiating. Interment followed at Cook-Walden/ Capital Parks Cemetery.
Pallbearers were James C. Brymer, Joshua Brymer, Kalyn Brymer, John Lammers, Randy Pogue, Terry Pogue and L.O. Pogue.
Omer went to meet his Lord and life’s partner, Pearl Ruby (Parriett) Jordan, the 15th day of September 2012. Omer left this world quietly and peacefully in his sleep at the age of 99 years, 11 months, 15 days, just 15 days away from his 100th birthday. He was at his home in the country that he loved so much. What a joyous day for all.
Pearl went before him nine years ago. Now they can share eternity together as they shared 72 years of marriage while here on this earth. They celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary on that black day in U.S. history, Sept. 11, 2001, and went on to have two more years together.
Omer was a man of many faces. He married his young sweetheart when they both were 19 years of age on Sept. 11, 1931. Their lives were lived for each other as the union produced no children.
They traveled over many states in pursuit of his lifelong love of hunting and hers of fishing. Omer first hunted wolves, then fox and then coyotes.
He had dogs from his earliest memories in the Beaukiss community and has one yet waiting for him to come home. He had a fruitful life that spanned many years. From a muledrawn wagon and horses to a Model T Ford to the computer/cellphone age.
He lived many adventures that the younger generations only imagine or see in movies.
He was in an actual oil well gusher when he and a friend stopped by the well to warm themselves coming home from a dance. The well had a boiler to keep it from freezing over. As fate would have it, the well blew in while they were there.
He was a page boy in the 42nd Session of the Texas Legislature.
Omer worked various jobs before starting with the University of Texas as a carpenter and gave them 40 years of service. In fact, he was just leaving the UT grounds when Charles Whitman opened fire on the mall. Hearing the noise but unaware of what was going on, he continued on his way to the Balcones (J.J. Pickle) Research Center.
He delved into many ventures, including small restaurants, dog food sales business, buying and selling registered walker hounds, participating in rodeos, field trial for hunting hounds, dog shows and participating in hunting association meets. He even owned race horses at one time.
Omer was always ready to tell a story or two to anyone that enjoyed listening. He had stories of sleeping on mattresses filled with hay and corn cobs, where you had to wiggle around until you found a spot amongst the cobs.
He picked cotton, plowed fields with a mule-drawn plow, traveled by horse and wagon, helped raise the family food and went to school in a two-room schoolhouse that stands to this day.
A round-trip fishing and hunting excursion might take a week or more, camping out and putting food on the family table.
He told of times that he and Pearl would go to out-of-state hunt meets and just stop along the highway and camp for the night. That was well before fire ants and the dangers that lurk on our highways in this day.
They kept their home (which they built in 1939) for over 65 years. They always kept a permanent campsite in the country outside of the Thorndale/ Rockdale area. They had different sites before they purchased the present location in the 1980s for a country home. This has been home for Omer for the past years since Pearl passed over.
To the day Omer crossed over, he enjoyed his extended family, friends and hunting.
One of his greatest joys in recent years was to sit on his front porch and watch his twin great-great-nephews, Cain and Carter Brymer, run and play. They chased his cows and calves, dumped rocks and wood into the cattle trough, but most of all, they dearly loved their “Unkie.”
Omer is survived by a host of nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews, great-great-nieces and nephews and four great-great-great-nephews. He also left a number of friends and fellow hunters. However that number had dwindled as he spent the last several years watching the obituaries and attending funerals.
He shall have some awesome field trials and dog shows in the hereafter. Truly we can say he is in the Happy Hunting Grounds for eternity.
We want to thank uncle’s “ladies,” without who we would have been lost. They took such tender and compassionate care of him until the very end of his days on this side of the veil. They sacrificed a great deal to finish their commitment. Great job, ladies! God bless!
In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to The Down Home Ranch Inc., 20250 FM 619, Elgin, TX 78621 (a community for persons with intellectual disabilities).