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Monroe City mourns loss of beloved coach

The Monroe City community is grieving the loss of Jamar White who died in a rollover crash Saturday night.

Ask almost anyone in Monroe City, Missouri and they’ll tell you Jamar White was a special kind of person.

Residents describe the football and basketball coach as a community leader and hometown hero.

“He has touched so many lives in Monroe City. Not just the younger generation but also the older generation. The kids looked up to him. He was just one of a kind,” said resident Connie Painter.

White grew up in Monroe City. Some know him as a football star but Painter said she remembers him as the boy who spent time with her son.

“I’ve known Jamar my whole life. He was friends with my son Brian, his brother Kevin Roy, they spent a lot of time over here at the house. Even as a younger kid, he always had that smile,” said Painter.

Most Friday nights, White could be found at the Monroe City High School football field and the school district said they plan to have grief counselors on hand for as long as necessary.

“We’ll focus on Monday and we’ll see what Monday brings us and then we’ll go from there. But right now I think it’s more about keeping his wife and his family in our prayers and thoughts,” superintendent Tracy Bottoms said.

Bottoms said White will be missed because he had an ability to connect with anyone.

“He went to school here, had a lot of family in this community, a lot of friends. But he had a way to bring things out of people I don’t think they knew they had, he was very supportive,” said Bottoms.

No funeral arrangements have been announced yet.

Brett Knese

Multi-Media Journalist at WGEM News.

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