Leslie Jordan’s legacy will be kept alive and that is a promise!
The “Will & Grace” actor was memorialized in his hometown of Chattanooga, Tennessee on November 20th.
Leslie’s family, friends and hundreds of fans showed up to honor him.
Hundreds Showed Up To Memorialize Leslie Jordan
The memorial was held at the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Auditorium at 4PM.
In true Leslie fashion, the event included singing, music, comedy and audience participation.
His official Instagram account announced the memorial with a black-and-white throwback photo of Leslie as a young boy alongside a more recent photo of him.
The caption read, “We will never say goodbye. We will keep you alive in our memories and with your stories. Funeral and Memorial, 11/20/22 — Chattanooga, Tennessee.”
Actress Lucy Hale commented, “❤️✨🙏🏼.”
Country music group Little Big town commented a bunch of red heart emojis as did Michelle Pfiefer.
Linda Thompson wrote, “Beautiful sweet Leslie! How you are missed! You still had that same little cherubic look as when you were a little boy! ❤️🙏🏻💜💙🙏🏻.”
“We Will Never Say Goodbye”
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“When the impact is seismic, you can’t help but continue to feel the vibrations. Live on, Leslie.💫,” another replied.
Actor Justin Long commented, “If there is a way to access Instagram in the hereafter, I feel like Leslie is checking these messages and being “tickled” by them. I remember once referring to people following him on here as “followers” and he corrected me, “I prefer to call them ‘friends’” he said. When I got to hang out w him in Chattanooga, I witnessed him treating the fans who’d approach him with such kindness and humor – the way you would a friend. His mirth and joy of life will always remain with me – as will his one-of-a-kind voice when I say the words “well” and “sh**” in order 😌❤️.”
Leslie’s Charitable Legacy Continues After Death
Tickets cost $20 a piece and all proceeds went to CEMPA Community Care, which is an organization near and dear to Leslie’s heart for years.
CEMPA Community Care has set up the Leslie Jordan Memorial Fund whose mission is to “champion healthy communities by providing affordable, compassionate, and high-quality care through advancing comprehensive support services and person-centered best practices.”
Chattanooga Mayor Tim Kelly said, “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,” Kelly said. “Leslie opened himself up to all of us and never stopped sharing the love and light he carried within.”
Leslie passed away on October 24th after suffering a “medical emergency” behind the wheel of his BMW. He lost control of his vehicle and smashed into the side of a building in Hollywood, California. Leslie was on his way to the set of “Call Me Kat” at the time of the crash.
His Instagram account continues to post photos and videos of the late actor to bring light and joy to his six-million followers.