Posted: Feb 22, 2012 8:55 AM by AP
WINNFIELD, La. (AP) - Former Winn Parish Sheriff James Edward "Buddy" Jordan has died.
The Town Talk reports Jordan died Tuesday at his home in Winnfield. He was 69. A spokeswoman for Southern Funeral Home of Winnfield, which is handling the services, said Jordan had been ill but did not provide further details.
Jay Jordan of Baton Rouge, Buddy Jordan's son, told the newspaper his father suffered from brain cancer.
"He was diagnosed with brain cancer March 2010," he said. "He was on hospice (care) the last five or six months. He cared deeply about the people of Winnfield and tried to be as fair and honest as he could."
Jordan served as sheriff from 1992 to 2008. He had served as chief deputy under Sheriff Dan Page from 1976-1988. He also retired from the Louisiana Army National Guard after 22 years of service.
Funeral services are set for 2 p.m. Friday, at First Baptist Church of Winnfield. Burial will follow in the Garden of Memories Cemetery in Winnfield. His survivors also include his wife of 45 years, Martha Smith Jordan, another son, Scott, and three grandchildren.