Bluegrass picker, coal lawyer, defender of the poor, Monroe Jamison died this week, at the too young age of 52.
He and his music buddies played on the front porch at my sister's outdoor wedding. He was a mainstay of live music in Abingdon, working on the Highlands Festival for years. He was in Kiwanis with my dad. I tried a hard-fought case against him in Scott County, not too long ago, and he won it. He was a fine fellow, a good lawyer and much more than a lawyer.
The Bristol paper's obituary says, and I believe it, he leaves behind his family and "a grieving community of musicians, colleagues and close friends who cherished his intelligence, warmth, generosity, quick wit and abundant talents.