Minnie Jordan

Minnie Jordan Obituary

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October 6, 2023

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Lexington, MS

Services for Minnie C. Jordan will be Saturday, October 7, 2023, at 11:00 a. m. at Promise Land M. B. Church. Interment to follow at Malone Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday, October 6 from 2:00 p. m. until 6:00 p. m.

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