Walter "Walt" Kay Jamison IV

June 8, 1989November 30, 2018
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Walter Kay “Walt” Jamison, IV, 29, of Gainesville, FL, passed away Friday, November 30, 2018 in Hawthorne, Florida. Walt was born June 8, 1989 in Lafayette, Louisiana to his loving parents, Walter Kay Jamison, III and Jessie L. Ellis-Jamison. He graduated high school from Episcopal School of Acadiana and was a graduate of University of Louisiana, Lafayette. While Walt attended college, he worked as a sales associate for Raising Cane’s Restaurant. Walt enjoyed meeting people and building friendships, which lead him to long lasting friendships and various sales positions; currently he was working as a Client Advisor at Mercedes-Benz of Gainesville, and earlier as an assistant manager at Tribe Collective. Walt had a love for the outdoors enjoying biking, hiking, kayaking and playing ultimate frisbee. He loved everything from nature to human nature. He had a love for horticulture, studying plants, trees and various species. He was a free and loving spirit and would be the person you would want on your trivial pursuit team.

Walt was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Walter K. Jamison, Jr. and Sally Jamison and his maternal grandparents, William and Velma Ellis.

Walt is survived by his parents, Walter “Jay” and Jessie Jamison; his brother, Evan and sister, Elena Jamison.

Walt is also survived by his aunts and uncles, Gail (Cecil) Jones, Nancy (Jack) Glass, Scott (Lynn) Jamison, Wesley (Angela) Jamison, Patricia (Henry) Phetteplace, Robert Ellis, Debra (Rick) Abney, Tina Wood, Connie (Jake) Thibodeaux and numerous cousins who loved him deeply.

A Celebration of Life Memorial Service with Eucharist will be held 10:00 a.m. Saturday, December 15, 2018 at Church of the Holy Communion, located at 21810 SE 69th Ave., Hawthorne, FL 32640.

Donations may be made to: Church of the Holy Communion, PO Box 655, Hawthorne, FL 32640 and reference the Camp Weed / Episcopal Diocese of FL / Summer Camp Scholarship Fund.

Arrangements were made under the direction of Hardage-Giddens Holly Hill Funeral Home, 3601 Old Jennings Road, Middleburg. FL 32068 / (904)282-9336.


  • Walter Kay Jamison lll, Father
  • Jessie L Jamison, Mother
  • Evan P Jamison, Brother
  • Elena G Jamison, Sister
  • Richard & Carllene MacMillan, God Parents
  • Walt is also survived by his aunts and uncles, Gail (Cecil) Jones, Nancy (Jack) Glass, Scott (Lynn) Jamison, Wesley (Angela) Jamison, Patricia (Henry) Phetteplace, Robert Ellis, Debra (Rick) Abney, Tina Wood, Connie (Jake) Thibideaux and numerous cousins who loved him deeply.

    Walt was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Walter K. Jamison, Jr and Sally Jamison and his maternal grandparents, William and Velma Ellis.

  • Church of the Holy Communion; Camp Weed / Episcopal Diocese of FL / Summer Camp Scholarship Fund


  • Celebration of Life Memorial Service with Eucharist Saturday, December 15, 2018

Walter "Walt" Kay Jamison IV

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Jeff Claxton

January 18, 2019

Dear Mr. and Mrs. Jamison and family,

I was deeply saddened to learn of Walt’s passing. Though I never got to know him well, he touched my life in ways few ever do.
We met five years ago when he was in Florida visiting for the holidays and I felt privileged that he gave me a couple of days of his time. We went out to dinner, watched a couple of movies, rode my horses and talked. I’ve never forgotten how he made me feel. In that short time, I felt as if I’d known him forever and I will cherish his memory. He was so bright, intelligent, fun, funny, kind and easy going. No doubt, he was a testament to good parenting and I know his family was important to him. My life has been greatly enriched by having known your beautiful son.
I wish you peace.

Jeff Claxton
Ocala, Florida

Merrick Valentino

January 14, 2019

Walt was such a huge ray of sunshine at my home. I loved Walt and enjoyed having him over. He helped me tremendously with my gardens - with one stipulation - usually a meal was involved, along with a dip in the pool! :) He fit in well with my boys and their eating habits!! He was just one of the gang, until he met my niece, Clare. It was love at first sight and they became steadfast friends!! We had so much fun with Walt when he accompanied us on her bachelorette weekend in New Orleans. There was always laughter and usually crazy costumes of some sort! He was the perfect gentleman when he served as Clare's Man of Honor, attending to any need that may have popped up! Walt will always remain in our hearts with loving thoughts! He will be greatly missed! The memorial at ESA was so beautiful, touching and perfect; one could tell Walt impacted so many lives in wonderful ways. My sister, Kathy and I were so happy to help Clare and others with the reception. I knew Walt would appreciate - yet again more food! I love that boy and I hope you find some comfort knowing that you raised a beautiful son that positively impacted so many people! With Love, Merrick Valentino and family

Judith Mcgrath

December 16, 2018

Dear Jess, Jay, Evan, Elena and Family,

From our family to yours, we are so sorry and our prayers of sympathy have been coming your way. Walt was just a wonderful person inside and out. He was loved by everyone and I was always so excited to see him. Although it was not often enough, it was always a real treat! It was especially so nice of him to fly down to Saint Petersburg and take Madison to her Senior Prom. They looked so nice together and we loved having him! I know how very much he will be missed by all. Please keep those precious memories close to your heart and know he is now with God.

All our love, Judy, Scott, Lauren, Madison, Chris & Sawyer

Ember Crimmins

December 14, 2018

Walter and I met at Mercedes-Benz, and after our first conversation we just clicked. He was one of the most intelligent and bright people I had the pleasure of meeting. We talked about god, science, cars, men and anything under the sun. We shared so many memories from sitting on the couch, dancing at a techno party, to celebrating Halloween and Thanksgiving together. He was the most beautiful soul and I am so incredibly sad to not have him around now. I am so sorry to his family, he loved you all so much and talked about you all continuously.
I will always cherish the memories of Walter Jamison.

Chris & Donna Maxfield

December 14, 2018

We met Walt only about five months ago. We were, in fact, his first big car sale at his new job. We connected from the very first moment, speaking French, fashion, family and, of course, cars. A true renaissance man, he could engage – and amuse - on seemingly every topic. His knowledge of cars was encyclopedic, and he had an extraordinary ability to explain in simple words the complexities about why cars do what they do, how to take care of them and how to enjoy them. He was elegant, courteous, extravagant, extraordinary and, at times, outrageous – and we treasure every moment with him. After our car was delivered, Walt offered – and we accepted – that he come over to cook us some Cajun gumbo. We had a wonderful evening, to be repeated when we offered him homemade Italian food. Family celebrations, dinners, brunches, and a jazz performance followed – times now belonging to the realm of bittersweet memories. We loved him dearly – as an adopted son. The sadness and pain hidden behind the sparkling smile and personality escaped us, leaving us to wonder about the brilliance and achievements of a future we had all hoped to witness. A brilliant light, a brilliant life, gone too soon, but not ever to be forgotten. Godspeed and good rest, beloved Walt. May God grant you eternal peace. And, may Our Lord comfort your beloved parents, siblings, family and friends.

Thomas McCallum

December 10, 2018

I knew Walt from Merceds and only met him a couple of times but he was a person one remembered. He had the brightest smile and a most infectious laugh and personality. For some reason he seemed like an old friend. He has left his family and friends too early but I can honestly understand why God wanted him back so soon. Walt, family and friends, all in my prayers.

Tom McCallum
Gainesville, Fl.

Janice Knudsen

December 10, 2018

Jessie, Jay and Family,
Jeff and I are sending our love and support. We both remember Walt and what delightful child he was. Jeff especially remembers his interest in cars and how well he could discuss them with him. He was so cute with his curls and so enjoyable to have with all of us.

Tyler Smith

December 9, 2018

Walt told me several weeks ago that he had been revisiting one of his favorite books from childhood, The Phantom Tollbooth, for what must’ve been the dozenth time. It was one of the first books he mentioned to me, and it also happened to be one of my favorites as well.

Children’s stories may be an eclectic spark to ignite a bond between adults, but that’s really what set off most immediately my friendship with Walt over the last half year. Tollbooth was one of many, and we shared several conversations about our mutual love of these types of tales. In the last month, I lent him the Oz Chronicles after recommending L. Frank Baum. The animated stories of Miyazaki were another favorite we shared, and I was amused to learn that the character of Totoro was even etched onto the skin above his collarbone.

Walt took to heart the lessons at the end of Tollbooth. He threw himself fully at all he did, and found beauty in all around him, especially other people. He refused to let me question my self-worth in times of doubt, and I found myself more confident standing in the glow of his light. He was deftly sociable and was even able to pull this withdrawn mathematician into all sorts of wonderful conversations with his other friends, whether over a gumbo dinner or Sunday brunch.

Stories from childhood give us analogies to hold onto in a complicated world. I keep returning to the thought that the Princesses Sweet Rhyme and Pure Reason have gone into hiding in their Castle in the Air and I don’t yet know when they will return to the lands below and drive out the demons that have thrived in their absence. The childish analogy would have drawn a hearty laugh from Walt, but he would have loved the reference to one of his favorite books.

The Phantom Tollbooth will be forever bittersweet, laden with memories of Walt, but I’m glad I got the opportunity to know him. My deepest condolences to his family and his friends.

Pam Armbruster

December 9, 2018

Jesse and Jay, Conrad and I remember Walt growing up at St. Barnabas. He was such a bright light among the young people. We were so sorry to hear of his passing. We are sending prayers and comfort to ya'll as well as to Elena and Evan!
Sincerely, Pam and Conrad Armbruster

Jeff Reese

December 9, 2018

I did not know young Walt, but knew most of the rest of the family since I was 7 years old, grandparents, Kay and Sally from Scouts and Little League, Father, Jay, Little League and Football, Scott, Little League and Scouts and the rest from elementary school, junior and senior high schools. I offer my sincerest and deepest condolences and sympathies'