City announces celebration of actor Leslie Jordan

CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – The City of Chattanooga announces the event to memorialize Leslie Jordan.

They’re calling it “Love. Light. Leslie. Sunday Hymn Singin’ to Celebrate Leslie Jordan.”

It will be at Memorial Auditorium at 5 PM on November 20.

They are promising behind-the-scenes moments from the Chattanooga native’s family, friends and creative family.

Plus they are promising a “surprise announcement.”

The family requested that the memorial service be open to the public.

Proceeds will go to CEMPA Community Care, which Jordan supported his entire life.

Tickets are $20 through Ticketmaster or at

“If Leslie were here with us today, I would want to thank him for his contributions to our culture throughout his acting career, for getting us through the dark days of the pandemic with his wicked sense of humor, and for always inviting us into his heart and his world,” said Chattanooga Mayor Tim Kelly. “Leslie opened himself up to all of us and never stopped sharing the love and light he carried within.”

The event will include a group hymn sing-a-long. Jordan recorded a gospel album in Nashville.

“Come ready to sing along, clap your hands, laugh a little and cry a little as we celebrate Leslie the way I think he would want us to remember him,” Cricket Jordan, his sister, said. “I’m so thankful to his talented friends for stepping up to honor my brother. And when we all get to heaven, I can’t wait to thank him for leaving all of us his rich legacy.”

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