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Vasser’s Mini mart owner dies over the weekend

The owner of Vasser’s Mini Mart died over the weekend.

Jamie Calvert passed away on Saturday. He was 55.

Calvert is survived by his wife, Melissa Calvert; their children, Celia Calvert and Chase Shipman.

Funeral services will be Tuesday, at 11 a.m. at Crosspoint Christian Church with Reverend Alan Yarbrough officiating.

Visitation will be Monday evening from 5-7 p.m. at Lawrence Brown-Service Funeral Home.

Vasser’s Mini Mart will be closed Tuesday and reopen at 6 a.m. Wednesday. Store officials released a statement.

“Please keep the Vassers Mini Mart family in your prayers as we lay one of our own to rest,” the statement read. “Jamie Calvert we miss you already. Thank you for understanding and your continued support.”

Selma and Dallas County residents remember Calvert for his generosity.

“Jamie was one of the most genuine and nice people I knew,” said Rex Jones of Cougar Oil. “He was constantly giving back to law enforcement through free meals at the store but never used that for promotion. He was a great man. He will be missed.”

“It was one of the hardest post I’ve ever had to make” Butts said. “Jamie and I go back to where we were kids. We were next door neighbors and we interacted a lot.

“Jamie was the kindest, biggest-hearted and most thoughtful person I ever knew. He was crazy about his employees and always treated them well. He felt the same way about his family and friends.”

Tributes of Calvert’s passing filled Social Media posts.

“Jamie was a solid dude via my short interactions,” Joe Davis wrote. “My condolences to his family and friends. I’ll definitely miss seeing him at my favorite eatery.”

Added Michelle Brown Treherne: “He was a good man and those who knew him loved him dearly. Our hearts are broken.”

Camden resident Darren McGilberry said Calvert always put others before himself.

“The world lost a great man and friend,” McGilberry said. “I don’t understand life…. I will never understand. But I will always remember our times and memories together. I will miss my friend.”

Northside Baptist Church member Kathy Smith and her husband, Jerry Smith, are also lifelong friends with Calvert and his family.

“My sons grew up with Jamie and Missy, I just love this precious family,” Smith said. “My heart breaks. The community has lost a great man.”