The Tragic Murder Of Michael Jordan’s Father

James Raymond Jordan Sr. was born on July 31, 1936, in Wallace, North Carolina. According to CBN, James met Deloris Peoples at a basketball game in 1954. He had previously competed against her brothers in high school basketball. When the two met, they fell head over heels in love. Ray (as Deloris referred to him) said he planned to marry her one day, and despite the objections of her father, the two began to date.

After graduating, James entered the United States Air Force and was sent to San Antonio, while Deloris went to trade school in Alabama. However, the pair missed each other too much to be separated. Two years after meeting, they were married. James transferred to Virginia, and Deloris left school and moved in with her parents-in-law. Over the next few years, the pair would have three children as James left the Air Force to work at a local textile mill in North Carolina. Dreaming of a better life, the family moved to New York, where James attended trade school under the G.I. Bill and learned how to work with hydraulic equipment. During this time, Michael was born, the fourth of James and Deloris’ five children.

Soon, the family resettled in Wilmington, North Carolina. James took a job in General Electric until he retired in the late 1980s, as told by Jrank.

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