WILLIAM WELCH JORDAN
August 28, 1945 – September 28, 2022
William (“Hark”) Welch Jordan died in the company of family after several years of chronic illness. He was born on August 28, 1945, in Greensboro, North Carolina, to Welch Oliver and Marietta “Raggie” Credle Mann Jordan. He attended Emory University and was a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1967) and UNC School of Law (1970).
He practiced family law for 50 years with the firm founded by his father and now known as Hill Evans Jordan & Beatty, PLLC. He was a member of the Greensboro Bar Association and the North Carolina Bar Association. He served from 1978-1980 as chair of the NCBA Family Law Committee, forerunner of the Family Law Section, from 1988-91 as a member of the Section council, and from 1986-2000 as a member of the Section Curriculum Committee. He also served as a member of the Special Services Committee of the Greensboro United Way, the boards of the Mental Health Association in Greensboro and The ARC of Greensboro, and as a vestry member and senior warden of St. Francis Episcopal Church, where he was a long-time member. He was the Democratic candidate for the seat from the 5th Congressional District of North Carolina in the 2004 general election.
William spent many years dedicated to the Greensboro Power Squadron helping others to develop their boating skills and build their confidence in boating. He loved stories, both telling them and reading them. Retellings of adventures in boating, fishing and coastal camping, pranks, and family histories were among his favorites. He shared his love of fishing and time on his boats with his family, friends and dogs. He was a lifelong ardent fan of the UNC Tarheels.
His intellectual curiosity, evidenced by his love of books, art, media and culture of all types, is reflected in his extensive library and wide travels. His love of history and global studies led him to enroll in Russian history classes through Wake Forest University as recently as spring of 2022.
William was predeceased by his parents and by his sister, Martha “Marty” “Trot” Welch Jordan Holderness and his niece, Melissa “Missy” Claire Beavers. He is survived by his wife, Olive Beavers Jordan; his four children, Robert Wiley Hutchison, Jr. (Chris), William Patrick Jordan (Christopher Edick), Carol Welch Jordan, Mary Credle Jordan (Jeff Smith); ten grandchildren, Ashley Louise Hutchison, Corey Rees Jordan (Jacob Martin), Charles Wallace Hutchison, Robert Wiley Hutchison, III, Olivia Jordan Fitzsimons, John Steele Hutchison, Georgina Welch Fitzsimons, Wren Walker Smith, Mia James Holt, and Oliver Scott Smith; three great-grandchildren, Willow Faith Jordan, August Lionel Jordan, and Atlas James Jordan; sister, Janet B. Alberty (Buddy); nieces, Laura Holderness Payne (Clinton) and Sarah Turner Hancock (William); and nephews, Howard Holderness, III (Jennifer), Eddie James Alberty (Meghan), Carlson Reid Turner (Rana Lee), and Douglas Christopher Turner.
LUCIEN W. PULLEN
December 12, 1927 – August 21, 2022
Lucien W. Pullen, age 94, passed away on August 21, 2022, from the effects of Alzheimer’s Disease. Surrounded by family and friends, he remembered his life with fondness and was kind to everyone he encountered. In 2021, after surviving Covid, he was deemed “an absolute southern gentleman” by the doctors and nurses. With the help of Elizabeth Residence in Bayside, Wisconsin, as well as Badger Hospice in Wisconsin and Transitions Hospice of Raleigh, he was cared for and transported back to North Carolina where he spent the last month of his life with his daughter, Kiki.
Born December 12, 1927, Lucius grew up in Roanoke Rapids and Nash County with his parents, Robert and Emily Pullen. He is predeceased by his parents, his wife Jane Scales Tucker Pullen, as well as all of his siblings: Phillip (Julia) Pullen, Charlie (Peggy) Pullen, and Betty (Broadus) Rose. He is survived by his son Stuart (Katherine) and his daughter, Kiki. Both grew up in Raleigh and live in North Carolina. He is also survived by four grandchildren: Garrett (Kacey) West, Gill (Avery) West, Nicholas West, and Anna West. In addition, he has one great granddaughter, Rosemary, and one great grandson on the way, and he enjoyed many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.
Lucius graduated from Wake Forest University in 1951 and UNC Law School in 1954. After beginning his law career in Asheville, North Carolina, he worked with Allen, Steed, and Pullen in Raleigh before serving as counsel for the North Carolina Department of Insurance. He was Assistant Attorney General for the State of North Carolina, and later Vice President and Head Counsel for Texasgulf Chemicals Co. After retiring from Texasgulf, he continued to work in mediation as well as taking part in North Carolina legislation for associations such as the American Cemetery Association, the American Mining Association, and the American Medical Association. He was an avid tennis player and racquetball player until he was 88 years old, and stopped playing when he sustained a knee injury. He was a member of Christ Episcopal Church in Raleigh and, later, Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Greensboro. He gave tirelessly to the community of North Carolina through his time and dedication to many civic and charitable organizations over the years, and he loved his family.