Linda Faye Jamison, born November 28, 1946, to James Clark (Sr.) and Marie Jamison, left an indelible mark on the world. Her kindness, compassion, humility, selflessness, and Christian love for others shaped her entire life. Her beauty, in her heart and her actions, was always evident, as was her intellect. While she had true refinement and dignity, this comportment did not temper an indomitable spirit and sense of adventure that made her courageous and strong. She was as eager to white water raft or climb the White Mountains as to host a fine dinner. One of her early dreams was racing cars, so she was thrilled when her first grown-up car, a 1969 XR7 Cougar with 428 Cobra Jet engine, left many people behind in its sparks and smoke—still in second gear.
A born teacher, Linda spent her life educating others, whether it was numerous elementary school students and Sunday School members or the children in her family she helped raise. She brought lessons to life and exuded joyful creativity in helping children learn, which led to a post-retirement educational consulting that took her across the country. She gave generously of her time and talents to anyone who needed her and she remembered those others may have forgotten. While she received many awards and recognitions for her teaching, singing, and other talents, she acted from a love for God and desire to live her life glorifying and honoring Him.
Linda also loved her family and they adored her. She is survived by her mother, Marie Jamison Goggin; her brothers Clark and wife Shirley, Fred and wife Linda, and Lynn Jamison; her sister and best friend Lisa Bowling and husband Kevin. She is also survived by beloved nieces and nephews: Laura (Clay) Bowman, Emily Grantham, Jena Jamison, Rebecca Jamison, Trey (Liza) Jamison, Satchel Bowling, Claire Bowling, and Shawn (Lisa) Crockett, and 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 faithful companion.
Special friends include Charles Wray, Linda Worley, Suzette Bryant, Cindy Bowman, and a host of church family from Fairmont Baptist Church, where she was a lifelong and active member. Over the years she served as a church trustee, choir director and member, VBS director, Sunday School teacher, and leader on numerous committees and service work.
The impact of her life will live on in thousands of others and we are so grateful to have been gifted with this amazing and spectacular human being. Arrangements will be managed by Conner Bowman Funeral Home, 62 Virginia Market Place Dr., Rocky Mount, VA, where a visitation will take place on Friday, Nov. 19, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. The family will also receive guests from 1:00 -2:00 p.m. immediately preceding the funeral service and burial starting at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 20, at Fairmont Baptist Church, 1669 Bethlehem Rd., Boones Mill. The service will also be streamed at Fairmont’s page on Facebook Live. The family respectfully requests all guests to be masked to protect those at risk.
Linda loved gardening and flowers but she believed in planting seeds for God and youth even more. Those who wish to memorialize her may wish to consider the newly established 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 fund name along with your gift. Linda lived sacrificially in order to generously support numerous charities including Samaritans Purse, St. Judes, and Doctors Without Borders. She also was wholly dedicated to missions and maintaining Fairmont Baptist and gifts to the Building Fund would be appreciated. Most importantly we ask for you to keep her close in your memory. While our hearts ache, we rejoice that she is whole and free in Jesus’ arms.
Arrangements by Conner-Bowman Funeral Home & Crematory, Rt. 220 N. @ Wirtz Rd., Rocky Mount, Virginia. (540)334-5151. www.connerbowman.com