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Butler soccer team to honor Jamison

Early in the morning of July 3, Chris Jamison was driving to work at his father's landscaping company in Mint Hill. It was a drive he had made countless times.

This time his Camaro failed to make a turn and flipped several times.

Jamison, 19, died at the scene of the accident.

The former Butler High School boys' soccer player will be honored Tuesday night when the Bulldogs host Ardrey Kell at 6:30 p.m.

A memorial ceremony will take place just before the varsity game's start. The ceremony will honor Chris, his parents, Mark and Anita, and his younger brother, Andrew, who is a sophomore on the team.

“We are hoping for a fantastic turnout from everybody who cherished Chris' life,” Butler soccer coach Roshan Yarghese said.

Jamison, a 2007 graduate of Butler, was a four-year letterman on Butler's soccer and wrestling teams. He was pursuing a career in architectural and landscaping design at Central Piedmont Community College, while working for his father. Jamison also was a volunteer assistant on the Bulldogs soccer team and scheduled to be the head junior varsity coach this season.

The Butler soccer team will honor Chris' memory all season, starting with the unveiling of his framed jersey Tuesday. The jersey will sit on an easel next to the bench with the team at home and away games. The Bulldogs also will wear black armbands on their uniforms. “Chris' death just blew everybody away,” said Bob Searles, a family friend. “But I think Andrew (and his parents) really took it the hardest. To lose your brother, your idol, your role model, it doesn't get any tougher than that.”

Andrew Jamison, who plays the same right defensive back position his brother did, also wears his brother's No. 16 and will do so all year.

“To play his position, to wear his number and to carry on the Jamison name is a big deal,” Yarghese said. “I think Andrew has grown up a lot. He has really handled the whole situation with a lot class and maturity.”