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CHICKASAW COUNTY, Miss. (WTVA) -- An elderly couple who died in a house fire Wednesday afternoon have now been identified.
Chickasaw County Coroner Michael Fowler confirms 92-year-old Maceo Jordan Sr. and Delia Mae Jordan lived at the home on CR 144. He says they both died of smoke inhalation.
A family member who arrived with fire trucks shared that the two were married for 72 years.
"It was devastating, said their son-in-law Dr. Fred Gandy. "My wife and I did what we could do to help them while they were living and try and keep them happy. It's just a tremendous loss."
Mr. Jordan was a deacon at Black Oak Baptist Church, who drove his own school bus. Mrs. Jordan is described as being the backbone to his business and a dedicated Sunday school teacher.
In their long lives the two leave a lasting example of how to live life for their eight children and many grandkids.
"That family is important, just keeping each other happy, shared Fr. Gandy. "Always being a man, always kept a hustle, kept a job. He did what he could do."
The state fire marshal is investigating the cause of the fire.