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Donald H. Jordan, Jr. was born October 2nd in Cincinnati, Ohio to Rev. Donald H. and Katherine C. Jordan. He is the youngest of three sons.
Donald received his primary education from Bethany School in Glendale, Ohio and attended Moeller High School in Cincinnati, Ohio graduating in the spring of 1997. Upon graduation from high school, Donald attended Wright State University in Fairborn, Ohio for one year and then transferring to the University of Cincinnati. Upon his departure from the University of Cincinnati, Donald enrolled in The Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science and received his Bachelor of Mortuary Science Degree on September 22, 2001.
Donald served as the General Manager for Thompson, Hall & Jordan Funeral Homes from 2001 until the spring of 2010. As General Manager, Donald was responsible for the day to day operations of the family's ten locations spread throughout Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. In 2010, Donald felt another calling upon his life and entered law enforcement. Donald served the communities of Woodlawn, Ohio and Forest Park, Ohio as a police officer for almost seven years.
On January 2, 2017, Donald's father Rev. Donald H. Jordan, Sr. closed his eyes for the last time on this earth to wake up in Heaven. Prior to his fathers death, Donald made a promise that he would return to the business full time to build upon his father's legacy. Just over a month after his fathers death, Donald decided to step out on faith and open his own funeral home in memory of his father. He decided to name the funeral home the Donald Jordan Memorial Chapel. In just a few short months, Donald has purchased the former Emmanuel Baptist Church in Middletown, Ohio which will be a new chapel and community center and opened a brand new location in Hamilton, Ohio located at 4083 Pleasant Ave. In June of 2017, a new Middletown, Ohio location opened at 3520 Roosevelt Blvd. This location houses the business office for Middletown. Donald is currently working on opening a third location to serve the Dayton, Ohio area which is scheduled to be open by the end of 2017. Donald is determined to build upon what his father taught him, which is to provide a first class service at a price that every family can afford.
Donald is a Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana as well as a Licensed Insurance Agent in Ohio and Notary Public.
Donald holds memberships in the National Funeral Directors Association, Ohio Funeral Directors Association, Buckeye State Funeral Directors Association, National Funeral Directors and Morticians Association, Kentucky Funeral Directors Association, Indiana Funeral Directors Association, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. and is a founding member of Street Ryderz Motorcycle Club.
Although Donald is a Funeral Director by profession, he is also an FAA Licensed Pilot, a state certified peace officer and a motorcycle enthusiast. Donald is married to the former Toni L. Headen and has three children; Amber, Blaire and Donald, III.
Liscenced Funeral Director
Gayle Harden-Renfro is a licensed funeral director and takes on an "event-planner" role when she works with families to add custom touches to the service. Her talents come from a diversified career, all of which she brings home to her family business. Gayle is a 1974 graduate of Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind. where she graduated with honors with a BA degree in Journalism. Her 25-year career as a journalist started at her hometown newspaper--The South Bend Tribune. Following graduation from Purdue, she has worked at The Lansing State Journal, Lansing, MI.; The Cincinnati Enquirer, The Hamilton Journal News and The Cincinnati Post, where she enjoyed an 18-year stay. Gayle also worked as public relations director for the Greater Cincinnati Convention & Visitors Bureau prior to joining her husband, Julian, in 2004. Gayle, mother of Jenifer Renfro-Teasley, is an accomplished writer, artist and licensed funeral director.
Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer
Positions Held: Funeral Director/Embalmer/Notary Public for Thompson, Hall and Jordan Funeral Home (Spring Grove Cemetery-Owner) 2018-2022
Jon Patterson was the former Chief Operating Officer, Thompson, Hall and Jordan Funeral Homes/Jamison & Jamison FH, and was instrumental in the growth, operation and expansion of 10 funeral homes across three states, serving annually over 1400 client families (2000-2018)
Executive Vice-President, Hall –Jordan Funeral Homes (1993-2000)
General Manager, Hall-Jordan, Pierce & Peoples Funeral Homes (1986-1993)
Affiliated with Glenn-Hall & Jordan Funeral Homes Sept 1982-November 1984
Assistant Director Statewide Operations, Indiana Office Occupational Development, Indianapolis, IN (1978-1982) Under Gov. Otis Bowen and US Department of Labor CETA Program Administration
Birthplace: Richmond, IN, the son of Paul & Charlene Burden Patterson, is a 5th generation funeral professional. His grandfather, C. Stircle Patterson, began funeral business in 1927 in Richmond, IN; his father, Paul Patterson, continued their firm for 47 years until his passing in 2010. Patterson Funeral Homes was one of the oldest African American funeral homes in Ohio began in 1890’s by Chatfield M. Patterson in Lima, Findlay, Youngstown, Akron, Xenia and John W. Patterson funeral homes in Springfield, Ohio and Muncie, IN.
Education: Richmond Public Schools, graduate 1972; Attended Indiana University, Bloomington,,IN 1972-1976; IUPUI at Indianapolis 1978-80; Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science, graduating Cum Laude, 1983; Licensed Funeral Director in Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky; Licensed Life Insurance agent in Ohio; served as Adjunct Instructor, Clinical Lab at CCMS, 1984-1986; Served 11 years as a Trustee and Board Member for Cincinnati Foundation for Mortuary Education (CCMS) 1987-1998.
Organizations: Holds membership in Allen Temple African Methodist Episcopal Church, National Funeral Directors Association, Greater Cincinnati Funeral Directors Association; United Funeral Directors of Greater Cincinnati; Buckeye State Funeral Directors; National Funeral Directors and Morticians Association; Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.; Nu Delta Mortuary Fraternity; Board Advisor, Granny’s Love Grief Comfort Center; Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center Decedent Affairs Committee and various other community and church organizations.
Jon is an accomplished Funeral Practitioner who dedicates his life’s vocation to serving his community in all aspects of death education and awareness, advance funeral planning, insurance funeral funding, grief and bereavement counseling, and all funeral related activities. He has been blessed to provide this calling to serve others in their deepest hour of need. Jon possesses a wealth of knowledge, skills and abilities with which to share with well over 6500 families served during his career. He provides many community seminars and workshops designed to educate the general public on all aspects of funeral financing and pre-planning final wishes. Jon appreciates the opportunity to partner with the long-standing family traditions of Renfro Funeral Services and the Jordan Family Funeral Homes to continue a Legacy of Service; a Lifetime of Trust.
Brittany brings over 11 years of experience having served families throughout the Columbus, Dayton and Cincinnati areas. She is well versed in assisting families in their time of need and creating transformational healing experiences with care and compassion. Brittany is an alumnus of the University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science where she obtained her Bachelor of Science Degree in Mortuary Science in 2010. After graduation, she relocated to Columbus, Ohio where she accepted her first position with the prestigious Schoedinger Funeral and Cremation Service, where she served for 5 years. She went on to work for another highly respected funeral home in Columbus, Diehl- Whittaker Funeral and Cremation Service, for 2 years. Brittany relocated back home to Cincinnati in June of 2017 to be near family and serve her local communities. She managed a funeral home in Dayton, Ohio for two years and took care of many families in the Queen City Area for three years as well. She served a Co-Chair position on the Young Funeral Directors Board and has received numerous letters and a great deal of recognition as an outstanding funeral director. Brittany is often called upon by families through recommendations from the families she has had the opportunity to serve or who have witnessed the compassionate care given, to the many lives she’s touched. She truly treats the families she serves, as though they are her own.
Get to know Brittany: Brittany has one daughter, Inara, who is 4 years old and is the light and love of her life. Born in Hamilton, OH and a long-time resident of Forest Park, she graduated from Winton Woods High School. She enjoys yoga, nature, music, sporting events (a huge fan of The Cincinnati Bengals and The Cincinnati Reds), creating customized products and time with her family.
Brittany is most excited for continued learning opportunities
for growth but also to share her years of experience and passion in serving the
families of our community. She is
excited to begin a new journey with the Renfro, Patterson & Jordan Family.
Debbie Coleman joined Renfro Funeral Services on April 6, 2006, bringing a wealth of experience and skills to our company. Debbie, a licensed Notary Public, works with our staff to set up funerals, designs programs and assist to complete any familys' request. She is a 1980 graduate of Woodward High School and attended Cincinnati Technical College. She is also a graduate of the Urban League Skill Training Center. Prior to joining Renfro Funeral Services she worked as an administrative assistant for the Greater Cincinnati Convention and Visitors Bureau.