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Services held for Monroe Jamison




Bluegrass musician Monroe Jamison Jr., 52, died July 12 at his home in Abingdon, Va.

Born in Owensboro, he was a son of the late Betty and Monroe Jamison Sr. He was a graduate of Ohio County High School, and received a bachelor of arts in English from the University of Kentucky in 1984 and a law degree from the UK College of Law in 1987. He was an editor of the Journal of Mineral Law & Policy and was the recipient of a fellowship from the Institute of Mines and Minerals Resources Research Institute.

He was employed by the Penn Stuart law firm in Washington County, Virginia, prior to opening a private practice in Abingdon. He was an assistant federal public defender for the Western District of Virginia.

Jamison originated both “The Bluegrass Sampler” radio show, for which he was host for many years, and the Virginia Highlands Festival’s old-time and bluegrass music weekend.

A former president of the Virginia Highlands Festival and the Kiwanis Club of Abingdon, he was also the past president of the Washington County Bar Association.

Surviving are his wife, Daveena Sexton; a daughter, Hannah Rebecca Jamison, Abingdon; his mother and her husband, Betty and Bernard Maupin, Beaver Dam; a sister, Becky Wilder and husband Phil, Versailles; a nephew, Zack Wilder, Versailles; his mother-inlaw, Wanda Sexton and husband David M. Sexton, Whitesburg; and his sister-in-law, Stephanie Williams and her husband, Michael, Sharps Chapel, Tenn.

Funeral services were held July 17 in Beaver Dam. Burial was in the Sunnyside Cemetery.


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