Jerome Charles Jamison Jr. 1952 - 2011 Lawrence
Paid family tribute
Jerome Charles “Jay” Jamison Jr., 59 was born March 11, 1952 in Batesville, Arkansas to Helen Irene Haveman Jamison and Jerome Charles “Shorty” Jamison, Sr. Jay passed away on June 23, 2011 in Lawrence, Kansas where he lived for thirty plus years.
Jay attended high school in Valentine, Nebraska where he was the leader of a four piece band called “The Midnight Suns”. His father would drive the band members all over Nebraska and South Dakota on the weekends so the band could play music for all kinds of events. Jay loved music, playing drums and performing for a crowd. After high school graduation he attended Kearney State College. The band continued to play together for several more years.
After college Jay worked for Cook Paints in Lincoln, NE. He was promoted to manager and transferred to Lawrence, KS. In 1983 Jay started hanging out with friends at a local lounge called The Shenago Lounge and developed a life-long friendship with the owner, Clete Stroda. Clete and Jay shared a love of the lounge and travel. They traveled as much as they could all over the States going coast to coast; including visits to Dad “Shorty” and stepmother Patricia Settles in Oregon. Jay became manager of the Shenago Lounge in 1983. While working there, he discovered pool, he loved playing and winning. Jay belonged to many teams in Lawrence. Some included Jay’s Jokers, Da Bulls, Beer Wolves, Billy’s Bombers and Split ReSplit. They were good, and they even went to Las Vegas for state tournaments. You can see all the awards displayed on the walls at the Shenago Lounge.
Jay was preceded in death by his parents, and one half-brother, Ronald of Sweet Home, OR.
He is survived by Clete Stroda, Lawrence, KS, one sister Jane “Jami” Bain, Ringwood, OK, a half-brother Leland Jamison of OR, and two half-sisters, Darlene Harless, Coos Bay, OR, and Bertie Lou Harless, Powder River, OR. Jay also had three stepsisters, Carol Harris, Toledo, WA, and Debbie Settles Sanchez and Beverly Frederick, Sweet Home, OR. Jay’s family also included countless cousins, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles. Jay was blessed with a tremendous family of friends at the Shenago Lounge. All who knew him will miss him greatly.
A “Celebration” of his life will be held at the Shenago Lounge, 1520 Wakarusa Dr. on Sunday, July 17 between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. All who knew him are welcome.
This information was provided to the Journal-World as a paid tribute.