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    Many to honor Jamerson at funeral today


    © St. Petersburg Times, published April 27, 2001

    Lawmakers and other public figures will pay tribute today to former state legislator Doug Jamerson, who died Saturday after battling cancer. He was 53.

    Jamerson's funeral Mass is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. at Blessed Trinity Catholic Church, 1600 54th Ave. S in St. Petersburg. The Mass is expected to last about 90 minutes, said funeral director Bob Young.

    U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Florida, U.S. Rep. Carrie Meek, D-Miami, and state Rep. Betty Holzendorf, D-Jacksonville, are scheduled to give remarks.

    Other speakers will include St. Petersburg Junior College President Carl Kuttler, former University of South Florida President Betty Castor and Jade Moore, executive director of the Pinellas Classroom Teachers Association.

    St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Baker and retired educator Vyrle Davis also will give remarks about Jamerson, who served in the state Legislature for more than a decade. The Alumni Singers are scheduled to perform.

    Hundreds of people are expected to attend the funeral to honor the St. Petersburg native, who also served as state education commissioner and secretary of labor.

    His death was a shock to many close friends and even family members because Jamerson kept his illness a secret.

    On Wednesday, former colleagues and friends shared memories at a memorial service in the state House chamber.

    At Thursday's Suncoast Tiger Bay meeting in Clearwater, members observed a moment of silence to honor Jamerson.

    "He will be dearly missed but happily remembered," said former club President Gregory Wilson.

    Scholarship fund

    Donations can be sent to the Douglas L. Jamerson Scholarship Fund, in care of the Florida Conference of Black State Legislators, 400 N Adams St., Suite B, Tallahassee, FL 32301. The phone number is (850) 224-0937.

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