Thursday’s memorial service for N.B. “Buck” Jordan held at the Waxahachie Civic Center served as a wonderful tribute to the man who has done so much for our community during his remarkable life.
Buck’s son Jeff provided a moving tribute to his father’s life, providing us with a glimpse of what it was like growing up as the son of “Mr. Waxahachie.” In his public role as a member of the Waxahachie City Council, as a former Mayor, as the former Chamber of Commerce President, as a community volunteer and as the city’s biggest cheerleader and booster, we know Buck as a loving, generous, competitive and brilliant leader. It was touching to hear how those traits originated and flourished in the Jordan home. The story Jeff shared about the foot race with his father when he was in high school was classic.
Waxahachie City Councilor Kevin Strength and Congressman Joe Barton provided snapshots of Buck’s life while sharing his commitment and dedication to Waxahachie and the folks who call this community home. It was apparent in their remarks that when it came to getting things done, Buck didn’t let protocol stand in the way. With humor and affection, they spoke of “The Buck Jordan Way” of doing things, which always meant putting the needs of the community first. Having led a life dedicated to service, Congressman Barton spoke for all when he said: “I am going to miss Buck Jordan. Waxahachie is going to miss Buck Jordan, Ellis County is going to miss him, the state of Texas is going to miss him and the United States of America is going to miss him.”
Without question, Buck has left a huge void in our community. While there will never be another Buck Jordan, he did set a wonderful example for all of us to follow. Through his leadership, he taught us how to come together for a common cause. He showed us that when it comes to making a difference, we all have a voice and a role to fill. And perhaps his greatest legacy is the example he demonstrated time and again for setting the bar high and always believing the impossible is not only possible, when we work together, success is almost always probable.