Legacy of Jamar White will never be forgotten

October 21, 2019

By Robin Gregg

A community mourns the loss of an amazing man. Jamar White and his wife Michelle was traveling US 61 south bound two miles south of Palmyra on Saturday, October 19 at 7pm when Jamar was changing lanes and traveled off left side of roadway and overturned, ejecting both. Jamar’s vehicle came to rest on its top in the median.

Jamar was pronounced deceased at the scene by Marion County Coroner Rick Jones. Michelle was transported by Marion County Ambulance to Hannibal Regional Hospital in serious condition. Carri Haskins, passenger, transported by Ralls County Ambulance to Blessing Hospital with moderate injuries.

David Kirby, Monroe City head football coach, said “Jamar was a loving husband, father, and friend. He was loyal and loving to others. He brought you into his circle and you felt protected and loved. He believed in people even when they didn't believe in themselves. Family meant everything to him and every day he made sure that kids knew they were his family and he loved them. Sports was just an extension of the family. He taught kids to believe in their abilities and never settle for their anything but very best.”

Tracy Bottoms, Monroe City school superintendent, said, “I met Jamar four years ago, when I became superintendent in Monroe City. It was evident early that he was good for kids. He had an infectious smile and personality. He had a way to connect to people and rarely knew a stranger. His interaction with our current and former students has left a lasting impression on not only our school, but our community. We have counselors for our students and staff on site to support the well-being of everyone. It has been a tough few days, with several more to follow.”

Lacey Seward, Monroe City school parent, said, “This is so hard. I have so many memories and words. Jamar was amazing! He’s was probably the most caring person there is. He checked on everyone when he knew or could tell something was bothering them. He gave the best hugs! He talked to everyone and made them feel special. He had stories and often took long to say because he was a great story teller! He loved MC, he truly bled black and gold! He loved his work family, we were a family we still are a family grieving his loss! It’s hard not seeing him dancing in the hallways. He was showing us his dance moves on Friday! His smile and laughter made everything better!!!! He loved coaching and he was great at it. He gave kids so much confidence and taught them to believe in themselves as much as he believed in them! His impact on the hundreds of kids’ lives he touched will leave a lasting effect on them. Jamar was a great father and husband. Everything he did was for his kids! He loved them so much and so proud of them! He had a special relationship with each of them! He loved his wife and always wanted to provide as much as possible for his family!’

‘Life without Jamar, will be very quiet for a while, it will be painful! I pray his kids and wife know how much he loved them and spoke about them! He was so proud and had every reason to be! I’m not sure of God’s plan, and I’m not supposed to know, but in I know it has to be amazing because it involved such an amazing man!”

Funeral services will be held 11:00 AM Monday, October 28, 2019 at the Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Monroe City, Missouri. Visitation will be from 4:00 until 8:00 pm Sunday evening at the Holy Rosary Catholic Church. Graveside services will follow at the St. Jude Cemetery, Monroe City. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Garner Funeral Home & Chapel, Monroe City, Missouri. Online condolences can be made at garnerfuneralchapel.com.

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