Obituary – The Lewis County Herald (January 12, 2021) by Dennis Brown
Benjamin Ray “Ben” Jordan, 22, of Olive Hill, passed away Monday afternoon, January 11, 2021.
He was born June 2, 1998, in Boyd County, a son of Kevin Ray and Stephanie Rayburn Jordan of Olive Hill.
Ben graduated from West Carter High School and was a student at the University of Kentucky. He was a member of Flat Fork Church of God. He enjoyed fishing and playing baseball and basketball. Ben loved spending time with his family, especially with his K-9 companion, Brutus.
In addition to his parents, Ben is survived by three sisters, Abigail Jordan, Kara Beth Jordan, and Jenna Jordan, all of Olive Hill; his paternal grandmother, Nola Gay Jordan of Olive Hill; his maternal grandparents, Dwight and Patricia Rayburn of Olive Hill; his maternal great-grandmother, Alta Rayburn of Olive Hill; and his special friend, Matilee Custer. He also leaves many other family members and friends who will sadly miss him.
He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Donald Ray Jordan.
A graveside service will be at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, January 14, 2021, at Olive Hill Memorial Park with Bro. Terrell Webb and Bro. Steve Madden officiating.
Friends may visit after 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 13, 2021, and after 8:00 a.m. Thursday, January 14, 2021, at Globe Funeral Chapel, 17277 West Highway US 60 at Olive Hill.
Ben’s family and friends will serve as pallbearers.
Redshirt Sophomore: Dean’s list spring 2020 … Two-sport athlete who is also a right-handed pitcher on the UK baseball team … Joined the squad in mid-October … Tasked with guarding Nick Richards in practice every day and helped with the big man’s national emergence … Made two appearances in his first season on the team … Attempted his first shot in his debut vs. Eastern Kentucky.
Redshirt Freshman: Did not participate in basketball … Returned to the baseball diamond after redshirting the 2017-18 season while recuperating from injury … Appeared in 10 games on the diamond … Logged 8.2 innings, allowing eight hits and seven runs while striking out eight … Made his collegiate debut in baseball on Feb. 17 vs. Austin Peay … Pitched a scoreless inning vs. No. 2 Vanderbilt to close out the season.
Freshman: Did not participate in basketball … Redshirted in baseball as he recovered from injury.
A highly-productive player out of West Carter High School … Concluded his career as the school’s all-time leading rebounder and shot blocker … Also finished eighth in school history in career points … Won the Eastern Kentucky Conference Defensive Player of the Year during his senior season … Also added EKC First Team honors … All-Area player in baseball and basketball during his sophomore, junior and senior seasons … Averaged 12.2 rebounds per game his senior season … Was a 2016 Under Armour All-American in baseball … 2017 Rawlings-Perfect Game Second Team All-American … Perfect Game Central – All-Region First Team … Perfect Game 2015 and 2016 Underclass First Team … Rated the No. 97 overall baseball prospect and the No. 33 right-handed pitcher in the class of 2017 … Ranked the No. 3 baseball prospect in the state of Kentucky.
Born June 2 in Ashland, Kentucky … Major is communications … Parents are Kevin and Stephanie Jordan … Has three younger sisters, Abby, Kara and Jenna … His most prized possession is his Gibson Les Paul guitar … A favorite activity away from sports is fishing … His father has been his life’s greatest influence … Has a German Shepherd named Brutus … Nickname is “Fluff.”