William Christopher ‘Billy’ Jordan, 29, talented in and fascinated by science

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William Christopher 'Billy' Jordan
William Christopher ‘Billy’ Jordan

William Christopher Jordan, 29, known as Billy to his family and Bill to his friends, passed away suddenly on Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016, at his home. He was born Dec. 26, 1986, in Virginia Beach, to William Carl Jordan III (Bill) and Mary Gay Jordan, and is so very beloved by his sister, Laura Kathryn (Jordan) Holden, of Virginia Beach. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, William C. Jordan Jr. and Evelyn Keesee, of Bluefield W. Va., and Charles Bittinger Jr., and Mary McLure Smith of Arlington, Va., and he was the great-grandson of the noted artist and scientist, Capt. Charles Bittinger.

Billy graduated from First Colonial High School, attended Old Dominion University in Norfolk and later received a degree in software development from ECPI University in Virginia Beach, graduating summa cum laude in May 2015. He was employed by Dominion Enterprises in Norfolk.

Billy was an amazing and unique person and was loved so much by all who knew him. He was exceptionally bright and creative from a young age. He attended The Old Donation Center for the Gifted in elementary school, and was given the award for the highest GPA in AP computer science during his senior year in high school. Baseball was his great love from the age of five, and he played AAU baseball throughout high school, which created many lifelong friendships and initiated a great love for baseball. He became an enthusiastic fan of the San Francisco Giants and the Oakland Athletics after he lived in California for a year in 2010. Rock ‘n’ roll was a passion for him, first the Ramones and the Misfits, later the Doors and the Rolling Stones. He was fascinated with physics, astronomy, math and computer science, and was also self-educated in the theories of Stephen Hawking. Billy loved to discuss politics, and volunteered for the Bernie Sanders campaign in Norfolk in 2016. He had a heart of gold and great compassion and empathy for those less fortunate. Had he survived he would have contributed much to the world. His greatest love was for his nearly 18-year-old cat, Little Bit, and he devoted much of his time recently to taking care of her complicated health needs.

Billy is survived by his heartbroken parents, Bill and Mary Jordan, and sister Laura Holden, and husband Ricky of Virginia Beach; his uncles, Frank Bittinger (Marie) of Monument, Colo., Charles (Chuck) Bittinger (Carmen) of Norfolk and John Bittinger of Lovingston, Va.; and cousins, Kati Marlar (Mike) and daughter Kaylee, Kris Bittinger, Anthony Bittinger, Karen Bittinger, Alexandra (Lexi) Bittinger, Scott Bittinger, Chris Bittinger (Lisa), his sons Ryan and Joseph Bittinger, and Jaxson Bittinger, and many other cousins, most especially Patricia Vreeland of Norfolk; and his aunt Mary Alice Phelps, of Tampa, Fla.; along with cousins, Scott Phelps and Christy Carlton (Dan). He is also survived by his most beloved cat, Little Bit.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Aug. 27, at H. D. Oliver Funeral Apartments, 1501 Colonial Ave., Norfolk. The family will receive friends at a visitation at 1 p.m., and the service will begin at 2 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine Feline Health Center, by clicking here.

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