Leslie Jordan was a treasure to folks in Chattanooga, Tennessee, his hometown ... and now the city plans to honor the late actor, and it's working with his family to make it happen.
Leslie, who died Tuesday in Los Angeles, is being remembered as "one of the cherished sons of Chattanooga," according to a rep for the city ... who also tells TMZ, Leslie brought joy to the community for many years.
.@lesliejordan24 will be missed by many. He helped lots of people through the pandemic with his uplifting videos and made millions laugh around the world throughout his career. RIP sir. Chattanooga ❤️s you. pic.twitter.com/lrrFdALqNK
We're told one of Leslie's family members reached out to the city about securing a facility to honor his memory. The city is now partnering with Leslie's fam to make it happen, by finding a venue for a memorial service and making sure to pick a date that works well for Leslie's loved ones.
We are saddened to hear of the passing of Leslie Jordan, member of our UTC theater alumni family. Jordan took time in 2020 to share a thoughtful video message of encouragement to our students on getting through the pandemic. 💙💛 pic.twitter.com/NNSe1pGBqv
Chattanooga, we're told, is also open to other ideas on how to best remember Leslie -- some of the ideas being kicked around include renaming a street or building in his honor but we're told the final call will be up to his family.
Leslie Jordan was a Chattanooga legend and national treasure who brought joy and hope to millions, leaving behind a lasting legacy of love and acceptance. My heart goes out to his family, loved ones, and many dedicated fans. Ginny and I mourn his tragic passing with you all. pic.twitter.com/03UuuXm1WO
#RIPLeslieJordan. We are sadden to hear of the passing of a Chattanooga legend. A true patriot of the Scenic city, lover of our parks and Walnut Street Bridge and a place Leslie still called home. He will be missed. Leslie was 67. pic.twitter.com/VXiNcN1jCj
Back in Chattanooga, we're told folks are still in mourning ... and the city is trying to balance showing respect for Leslie's family with being responsive to community members who want to celebrate him.
Leslie's also going to be honored in West Hollywood, where he frequented restaurants and coffee shops. We're told the WeHo city council will adjourn in Leslie's honor at their next meeting.
West Hollywood Mayor Lauren Meister tells TMZ ... "Leslie Jordan was a beloved figure in the city. I used to see him often at the 'Big Gay Starbucks,' where he entertained everyone in his path. When the City changed out the existing parking meters to meters lower in height, he boasted that we did it for him. Leslie Jordan was a lovely, fun, funny person. He was one in a million -- he will be missed."