Flash Jordan, the Austin public access TV eccentric, has died at 80


Flash Jordan, the eccentric Austin public access TV character who played a keyboard and sang with an Elvis impersonator and three male backup dancers, has died.

Her music show was called “Austin City Lights.” She also teamed up with Danny Boy Squire as Elvis in a public access reality show, with Flash Jordan as Marilyn. The show followed them traveling by car to various towns for performances.

Her obituary was published on dignitymemorial.com, shortly after her death on Oct. 6, 2021, in the midst of the pandemic. Her death, however, went unnoticed by most media.

The obituary gave her name as Presely Flashjordan Thomas-Wayne, born March 14, 1941, with services handled by Cook-Walden Funeral Home.

Flash started touring the country at age 13 as a youth evangelist, according to the obituary. She later hosted the “Austin Access TV Gospel Show,” in addition to “Austin City Lights.”

The obituary said she spent the last couple of years at Onion Creek Nursing and Rehab Center, but did not cite a cause of death.

In her later years, Flash was a regular on the Austin thrifting circuit. She enjoyed the Goodwill Outlet known as the Blue Hangar, and she drove a spray-painted gold car, sometimes with an Elvis dummy sitting shotgun.

Charles Ealy
Charles Ealy
Charles Ealy is a former movies editor for The Dallas Morning News and Austin American-Statesman.

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