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 which loved greatly.

    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


15 December

Celebration of Life Memorial Service with Eucharist

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Church of the Holy Communion

21810 SE 69th Avenue
Hawthorne, FL 34640


Walter "Walt" Kay Jamison IV

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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'

Kat Troiani

December 9, 2018

I did not know Walt but, I have known the Ellis family for over 40 years. And Deb is one of my good friends. I just wanted to say how very sorry I am for your loss. I have read the memories written about Walt and what a wonderful light he was for those that were lucky enough to meet and know him. I will keep you in my prayers. GOD Bless you all.
Kat Preville Troiani

Jan Mickey

December 9, 2018

Walt and my daughter, Claire, became friends during their time at ESA. He always stopped by for a visit at our home, when he was in the neighborhood. I always loved his visits. It was usually during my cooking time. I considered him my friend.
I wish I had the words to describe how very sad I was to hear of his passing.
On behalf of the Mickey family, we send our deepest condolences.

Ted and Kathy West

December 8, 2018

Mrs. Jesse please know that you and your family our in our prayers. Ted and I will continue to pray for you all. We love you❤️

Jan Risher

December 7, 2018

Sending love to you all from Lafayette. Walt was such a bright light at St. Barnabas when we first moved to town. I loved watching him grow up and come into himself. Through the years, every time I saw him around town, he made sure we had the chance to have a conversation. I was so proud of him for so many reasons. He was a force for good in this world.

Deidre Friloux

December 6, 2018

Dear Jessie, Jay, and family,
My deepest condolences and sorrow for your loss. I’ll never forget spending days with your sweet, amazing intelligent, and loving Walt-man..what an amazing young man. I can still remember his beautiful curls and inquisitive nature. I was so touched to see him a year or so ago in Lafayette. He still called me Dee-Dee, and he was every bit the precious little guy I once sat for. Many prayers of comfort and love sent to you all. May God wrap His loving arms around you all at this time. Walt-man, Dee-Dee loves you. ❤️❤️