James E. Lawson

July 8, 1945June 2, 2018

James E. Lawson, 72, passed away on June 2nd, 2018 at Dr. Jey Pillai Hospice Care in Rockledge, Florida. He was the husband of Marion Lawson. The two wed on June 14th, 1970; they were just shy of sharing 48 years of marriage together.

Born in Knoxville, Tennessee, he was the son of Aubrey and Edna Lawson. He was a proud veteran of the Air Force; he offered his services for four years, honorably discharged as a Sergeant. At one point in time, he was stationed at the Udorn Air Force Base in Thailand. Upon leaving the military, he worked for several defense companies and retired from Lockheed Martin as a subcontract administrator.

When he lived in Colorado, he was a member of the VFW and when he moved to Florida, he became a member of the American Legion. While his sons were growing up, James was very involved in their lives also. So involved that he became an Officer in the Civil Air Patrol and an Associate Scout Leader for their Boy Scout Troop.

Though he never played sports himself, James was a dedicated fan of the Dallas Cowboys; this was his all-time favorite football team. He vowed that no matter what state he moved to that he would always remain loyal to them.

James will mostly be remembered for his love of photography; he rarely left the house without his camera. Like they say, “A photo is worth a thousand words” thus why he enjoyed taking photos of everything- mountains, rolling fields, oceans, his family and friends; he was great at capturing priceless moments. He really enjoyed the ocean. He rarely went into it, just admired its beauty and listened to its waves crashing against the shore. A favorite place of his to do this was Wabasso Beach Park in Wabasso Florida. Another hobby that he enjoyed was writing poetry; he had many poems to share. This is a beautiful poem titled “Walk With Me” that he wrote in September of 1983 and dedicated to his wife, Marion whom admits that it has always been her favorite poem:

Come walk with me at my quiet time

In the evening before the moon

Down by the garden

Where the scent of jasmine fills the air

We will walk the path and speak

Of love and truth

And remembered times

Once more be close

The evening breeze stirs your hair

The last light reflects your smile

It is a time of love

A time to be near

Your hand is warm in mine

I feel your heartbeat in its palm

I squeeze gently

I feel the return you give

We speak of the years before

When the hair was not so grey

And the walk not as awkward

When youth was love, you and I

The song of evening on the wind

We sit and hold each other close

It is the time of love

When you are near

Years may pass, and I grow old

But the youth I knew

The love we have

Remains here

Come walk with me at my quiet time

Just before the moon

We'll speak of love and truth

And be young once more

There is no doubt that James will be dearly missed by all who knew him. He is survived by his wife, Marion; sons, Brian M. Lawson and Jeffrey A. Lawson (Megan); granddaughters: Madison Lawson, Piper Burkett, and Julianna Hough; brothers: David Lawson (Michelle), Guy Lawson Jr. (Dorothy), and Johnny Lawson (JoAnn); sisters, Catherine Harrelson and Bessie Young; and a host of nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by both of his parents; a twin brother, Jerry E. Lawson whom only lived two months; and brothers, Frank Lawson (Sylvia) and Boyd Kirkpatrick (Shirley).

Per his wishes, James was cremated. There will be a memorial service at a later date.


James E. Lawson

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