The end of an era


By Madalin Sammons - [email protected]



TGT Photo / Madalin Sammons Jackie and Truby Thompson stand with the bible that was given to them on the first day they opened Jamoke Printing for business. The bible stays in the shop and according to Thompson, he hopes whoever moves into the building behind them will cherish it as much as they have. Jamoke Printing is expected to close for the final time on August 31.


By Madalin Sammons

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GILBERT — When you walk into the doors of Jamoke Printing, you are instantly reminded of a different time. Purple and gold Letterman jackets hang to the right while a stuffed Gilbert Lion lays in the back. There is Gilbert Lion jewelry, t shirts and more and now the town of Gilbert is saying goodbye to one of our oldest businesses in town.

Jackie and Truby Thompson opened Jamoke Printing nearly fifteen years ago after a decline in the coal business left Jackie Thompson with a need for an income beyond his job at the Gilbert Coal Testing.

“A print shop became available and we knew absolutely nothing about the business,” said Thompson. “But we took it anyway. I wanted to call it Gilbert Printing but Truby said no. She got to coming up with some different names and we ended up with Jamoke. Most people dont know where that name comes from,” said Thompson with a grin. “Only a few very close family members have gotten it right.”

Thompson grabs a notepad and a pencil and begins scribbling away.

“We put all of our sons names together. Ja came from Jason. Mo came from Mose and Ke came from Kevin,” said Thompson as he laughed.

As you walk around the store and realize that the doors are closing, laughing is the furthest thing from your mind.

“We had one customer come in just the other day and she almost cried. You would not believe how many people have came in here telling us how much this place means to them,” said Thompson.

Before the Mingo County Schools consolidation, Jackie and Truby were two you could always count on to be at every Gilbert Lions game and Jamoke Printing was the place to go to get everything you needed to be ready for the Friday night lights and more. It comes as no surprise that seeing the doors close one last time will be an emotional day.

“We will really miss our customers. It is going to be very bittersweet. We hope to spend the extra time with our grandchildren, doing church work and making hospital visits,” said Jackie Thompson. “And he’s taking me on a cruise,” said Truby Thompson as they both laughed.

The current location of Jamoke Printing is the third location in fifteen years. The business began in what is now known as Reach Out Community Church and moved to the Candlelight building before settling down in the Bartrum Hardware building where it is now.

According to Thompson, all of the hard work would not be possible without their friend,Kim Smith.

“Kim has been a driving force here, she was creative and we never had to worry about a design if Kim was here,” said Truby Thompson. “But it is time for all of us to move on with the next chapter of our lives and we wish her and her family all of the best.”

“We hope that everyone who ever came into our store left feeling like they were treated with respect and that they knew that we cared about them. We used this place for business but we also used it as a ministry. We have prayed in this building, witnessed here and loved here for fifteen years and that will be the hardest part to let go of,” said Jackie Thompson.

Jamoke is having huge sales due to the business closing which include very low jewelry prices, 25 percent off any in stock merchandise, and 20 percent off knives, coins and license plates.

Even though Jamoke Printing may be closing, Thompson says that he will never forget the memories they have made and especially the ones made during the Gilbert High School era.

“I miss my Gilbert Lion fans,” said Thompson. “But no matter what happens, after all these years, we are still Gilbert Lions at heart.”

Madalin Sammons is a reporter for the Gilbert Times. Madalin can be reached at [email protected] or by phone at 304-664-8225.

TGT Photo / Madalin Sammons Jackie and Truby Thompson stand with the bible that was given to them on the first day they opened Jamoke Printing for business. The bible stays in the shop and according to Thompson, he hopes whoever moves into the building behind them will cherish it as much as they have. Jamoke Printing is expected to close for the final time on August 31.
http://williamsondailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/web1_IMG_22291.jpgTGT Photo / Madalin Sammons Jackie and Truby Thompson stand with the bible that was given to them on the first day they opened Jamoke Printing for business. The bible stays in the shop and according to Thompson, he hopes whoever moves into the building behind them will cherish it as much as they have. Jamoke Printing is expected to close for the final time on August 31.

By Madalin Sammons

[email protected]

Madalin Sammons is a reporter for the Gilbert Times. Madalin can be reached at [email protected] or by phone at 304-664-8225.

Madalin Sammons is a reporter for the Gilbert Times. Madalin can be reached at [email protected] or by phone at 304-664-8225.

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