High School Sports

Randy Jordan, Longtime supporter of Columbus High athletics dies at age 71

Randy Jordan, a devoted fan and faithful supporter of Columbus High School athletics since the 1970s, died Tuesday at home. He was 71. Jordan was a regular in the dugout for Columbus High School Blue Devils’ baseball games. He was with the team for all 12 of the team’s state championship titles.

“He was truly engaged in our games,” said baseball coach Bobby Howard. “It was not only baseball, but football and basketball for a long, long time.”

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Linwood Cemetery in Columbus.

Known as Randy, he was born Randolph Swift Jordan on Jan. 27, 1942. A lifelong resident of Columbus, he was the son of the late Helen Swift Jordan and G. Gunby Jordan II.

Jordan attended Trinity School in Columbus, Darlington School in Rome and graduated from Jordan High School.

While growing up, Jordan had many interests, but he enjoyed hunting and fishing. For many years, he was an avid weight lifter and fitness enthusiast who encouraged others to take up the sport.

Howard said Jordan was a big supporter of Columbus High athletics before he arrived as baseball coach in the fall of 1983.

“Probably up until that time, he was more into football,” the coach said. “He really started going to our games and we started a relationship too.”

Howard described Jordan as a truly loyal fan but he was more than a fan of the team. “He sat in the dugout and was engaged in the game,” he said. “He was very quiet but when you asked him a question he was spot on in knowing what was going on on the field whether it was football or baseball.”

Jordan even traveled with the baseball team and was an inspiration to the players. “He was always there before the first pitch,” Howard said. “Kids drew confidence from him because they were always depending on him because he was loyal.”

In 1999, Jordan was recognized with Randy Jordan Field named and dedicated in his honor.

Survivors include three sisters, Helen Jordan Hobbs, Lenora Jordan Garrard and Katherine Jordan Waddell; 11 nieces and 24 great nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, donations may go to The Randy Jordan Fund to benefit Columbus High athletics at the Community Foundation of the Chattahoochee Valley, 1340 13th St., Columbus, Ga. 31901.