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4-28-17

North Florida will miss you Jamie Ganote


Submitted by Harris Funeral Home


- Photo Submitted by Janice Ganote

James “Jamie” Ganote, age 63, of Live Oak, FL passed away Friday, April 21, 2017 at Shands UF Health in Gainesville, FL following a brief illness. He was born in Louisville, KY moving to Live Oak ten years ago from St. Pete/Clearwater, FL. He was a U.S. Army veteran having served during Vietnam War as a Military Policeman in Thailand. His life was music. He started playing the drums at the age of 12 and was a musician for over fifty years. He was preceded in death by his mother Willis Katherine Ganote.


He is survived by his wife, Janice Ganote, Live Oak; three daughters, Sarah Davidson, Jacksonville, FL; Chrystal O’Brien and Tammy Pierce-Ortiz both of Sanford, FL; his father and step-mother, Leonard Thomas and Elaine Ganote, LaGrange, KY; four brothers, Steven Ganote, Robert Wesley Ganote, Thomas Ganote and David Ganote; seven grandchildren. A Celebration of his life will be held at Jamie’s home, Saturday at 6 p.m., April 29, 2017, with Pastor John Dumas officiating.


By Gabrielle Stevenson




Jamie Ganote worked for the Suwannee Valley Times Newspaper for over five years and was also a founding member of local three-piece band, “Chasin’ Dixie”, playing at many local venues frequently. A wonderful and accomplished drummer, vocalist and rhythm guitar player with a warm and caring personality, Jamie was a man with many friends in this area. He had a love for music that surpassed most and spanned genres. His musical heritage can be traced back five generations to the early days of the West Virginia coal miners.



His mother, Willis Katherine, was an accomplished pianist/vocalist herself and was once quoted as saying, “Jamie could sing before he could actually talk and he just sat down behind the drums and played them.” Jamie spent his life in music and has played with various groups throughout that time.



He was also a member of two local groups “Herold White Band” and “Silverado” some years back, but his most recent musical endeavor in this area was with “Chasin’ Dixie” along with members Travis Green and Gabrielle Stevenson. The band has been together officially under the name “Chasin’ Dixie” for the past two and a half years. His two band mates said they will miss him deeply and they will carry the lessons, encouragement and love Jamie shared with them throughout the rest of their musical careers.



Jamie was a beloved member of this community and will always be missed. He was a man that loved his family and friends dearly. His wife, Janice, and the life they built together was what Jamie loved most in this world. He loved Live Oak and the North Florida area, which is why he and his wife, Janice, chose to move to this area. They have both touched many lives here and our thoughts and prayers are with Janice and her family during this time. - From all of us at the Suwannee Valley Times, “We will miss you dearly, Jamie Ganote!”