The following obituary is by Fraker Funeral Home:

It is with profound sadness that we announce the unexpected passing of Jonathon Galyon, the creative force behind American Icon Vintage. Jonathon’s boundless passion for art, style, and cultural heritage defined American Icon Vintage not just as a brand, but as a movement. Through his meticulous curation of vintage clothing for men and women, he crafted an immersive experience where the past seamlessly merged with the present, offering a glimpse into the soul of the long-lost American Dream.

His vision extended far beyond mere fashion; it was a reflection of his deep appreciation for the spirit of bygone eras and his unwavering belief in the power of self-expression through clothing. Each piece curated by him told a story, evoking nostalgia and sparking conversations about the evolution of American culture.

Born and raised in Kingston, Tennessee, Jonathon’s roots ran deep in the fabric of his community. His journey began in Austin, Texas, where he founded American Icon Vintage before relocating the company to his hometown. Despite the move, his commitment to celebrating Americana remained steadfast, earning him accolades such as “Best of Austin 2012” and recognition from Cosmopolitan Magazine in 2017.

Beyond his entrepreneurial endeavors, Jonathon was also the driving force behind American Icon Records, a platform dedicated to promoting independent bands and music festivals. His passion for music mirrored his love for fashion, and he tirelessly championed artists who embodied the same spirit of creativity and authenticity.

Jonathon’s sudden departure leaves a void in our hearts and in the industries he touched. His infectious enthusiasm, genuine warmth, and boundless creativity touched the lives of all who had the privilege of knowing him. He leaves behind a legacy that transcends trends and spans generations, reminding us that true artistry knows no bounds.

As we mourn the loss of a visionary leader, let us also celebrate Jonathon’s remarkable life and the inedible mark he left on the world.  Our thoughts and prayers are with his beloved family, friends, and colleagues during this difficult time.  May his memory be a source of comfort and inspiration.

Jonathan leaves behind his loving mother: Linda Crabtree Galyon of Kingston; father: James “Eddie” Galyon of Philadelphia; sisters: Hope Galyon of Rockwood and Jessica Swanger Lewis of Kingston; and special aunt who was like a second mother: Connie Swanger of Kingston; and several aunts, uncles, cousins and a host of special friends.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

Fraker Funeral Home in Kingston is in charge of arrangements.


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