Royce Parker “Rastus” Jamison, 90, of Pembroke departed this life Tuesday, February 21, 2012 at Carilion Giles Community Hospital in Pearisburg after a long illness. Born in Pembroke on October 4, 1921, he was a son of the late Joseph and Ora Maynard Jamison. He was preceded in death by his sweetheart and wife Olga Swallow Jamison, his parents, his sisters Gladys Jamison, Eula Mae Williams, Mildred Pack, and “Tootsie” Britts and his brothers Bud, Bill, and Jack Jamison.
Rastus was a Christian gentleman, faithful member of Pembroke First United Methodist Church, a veteran of the U S Army, WWII, a member of Castle Rock Lodge AF& AM, a member of American Legion Post 311 in Pembroke, a member of the Pembroke Ruritan Club. For over thirty three years he was the beloved funeral director in the Pembroke Community, as manager of Williams-Jamison Funeral Home, now Kendall Funeral Home, and he was the owner of Jamison Hardware for over twenty years, and had previously managed Williams Brothers Grocery Store.
He leaves to cherish his memory his son and daughter-in-law Glenn P. “Skipper” and Kathie Skinner Jamison of Wichita Falls, Texas; his grandsons Andy and his wife Vanessa Jamison of Wichita Falls, Texas and Brandon P. Jamison of Everett, Washington; his partner in business and “other son” Eddie and his wife Fern Kendall and their family of Pembroke; his sister-in-law Ottie Jamison of Pembroke; and a host of friends and neighbors and his church family who loved him.
Funeral services will be conducted Saturday at 11:00 am in the Pembroke First United Methodist Church with Pastor Rob Lough and Pastor Eddie Kendall officiating. Burial will follow in Birchlawn Burial Park in Pearisburg. The family will receive friends at the Kendall Funeral Home, 605 Snidow St., Pembroke Friday evening from 6 to 8 pm. Floral offering are welcome as well as memorial contributions to Pembroke First United Methodist Church. A special thanks to the caregivers who took such loving care of him in his last months, to his Doctors and medical staff, to his faithful church family and all his friends who made his life easier during his illness. Online condolences may be sent by visiting kendallfuneralhome.com.