Linda Faye Jamison, born November 28, 1946 to James Clark Sr. and Marie Jamison, left an indelible mark on the world. His kindness, compassion, humility, selflessness and Christian love for others have shaped his entire life. Her beauty, in her heart and in her actions, was always evident, as was her intellect. While she had true refinement and dignity, this behavior did not temper an indomitable spirit and sense of adventure that made her brave and strong. She was as eager to go rafting or climb the White Mountains as she was to organize a good dinner. One of her first dreams was to race, so she was thrilled when her first adult car, a 1969 XR7 Cougar with Cobra Jet 428 engine, left a lot of people behind in its sparks and smoke, always in second gear.
A born teacher, Linda has spent her life educating others, from the many elementary and Sunday school students to the children of her family that she helped raise. She brought the lessons to life and displayed joyful creativity in helping children learn, which led to a post-retirement educational consultation that took her across the country. She generously gave of her time and talents to all who needed her and remembered that others may have forgotten. Although she received many awards and honors for her teaching, singing, and other talents, she acted out of love for God and a desire to live her life glorifying and honoring Him.
Linda loved her family too and they adored her. She is survived by her mother, Marie Jamison Goggin; his brothers, Clark and his wife, Shirley, Fred and his wife, Linda and Lynn Jamison; her sister and best friend, Lisa Bowling, and her husband, Kevin. She is also survived by her beloved nieces and nephews, Laura (Clay) Bowman, Emily Grantham, Jena Jamison, Rebecca Jamison, Trey (Liza) Jamison, Satchel Bowling, Claire Bowling and Shawn (Lisa) Crockett, as well as great-nieces and nephews, Emma, Sarah and Ava Bowman; Ann Marie, Cole and Gage Grantham; and Charlotte and Nora Jamison. She cherished her extended family of aunts, uncles and cousins. Her beloved Great Dane, Sky, was a staunch companion.
Special friends include Charles Wray, Linda Worley, Suzette Bryant, Cindy Bowman and a church host family from Fairmont Baptist Church, where she has been an active and long-time member. Over the years, she has served as a church administrator, choir director and member, director of VBS, Sunday school teacher, and leader of many committees and service work.
The impact of his life will live on in thousands more and we are so grateful to have been endowed with this amazing and spectacular human being. Arrangements will be managed by Conner-Bowman Funeral Home, 62 Virginia Market Place Dr., Rocky Mount, Virginia, where a tour will be held on Friday, November 19, 2021 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The family will also receive guests from 1 until 2 p.m. immediately preceding the funeral and burial beginning at 2 p.m. on Saturday, November 20, 2021 at Fairmont Baptist Church, 1669 Bethlehem Rd., Boones Mill. The service will also be broadcast on Fairmont’s Facebook Live page. The family respectfully asks all guests to be masked to protect those at risk.
Linda loved gardening and flowers, but she believed even more in planting seeds for God and the young. Those wishing to commemorate her may consider the new Linda Faye Jamison Resource Fund for Teachers at the Franklin County Education Foundation, Attn: Janet Stockton, 25 Bernard Road, Rocky Mount, VA 24151. Please note the name of the fund as well as your gift. Linda lived sacrificially in order to generously support many charities, including Samaritans Purse, St. Judes, and Doctors Without Borders. She was also fully dedicated to the missions and the maintenance of Fairmont Baptist and donations to the Building Fund would be appreciated. Most importantly, we ask that you keep it close to you in your memory. As our hearts ache, we rejoice that she is whole and free in the arms of Jesus.
Arrangements by Conner-Bowman Funeral Home & Crematory, Rt. 220 N. @ Wirtz Rd., Rocky Mount, Virginia. (540) 334-5151. www.connerbowman.com
Posted by Roanoke Times November 18-19, 2021.