James "Jim" Gale Lawson MD.

July 4, 1938June 12, 2012

James “Jim” Gale Lawson, M.D., 73, of Phoenix, AZ died at his residence on Tuesday, June 12, 2012. He was born in Cleveland, TN on July 4, 1938. He served in the United States Air Force and spent 13 months in S. Vietnam as a general surgeon. He was awarded the Bronze Star in 1967. Jim and his family moved to Luke A.F. Base – Glendale upon his return from S. Vietnam. Jim was a solo practitioner of general surgery in Phoenix for 35 years and retired in 2005. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Joy and three children: daughter, Shawn Lawson, Phoenix, son, Kevin Lawson and his partner Gary Burnett, Portland, OR, son, Shannon Lawson and his wife Emily, of Phoenix, two grandsons: Luke Fintan Lawson and Keegan Brody Lawson, of Phoenix, and brother Clyde L. Lawson and his wife Ruth, of Knoxville, TN. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, August 4, 2012 at 7:00 PM at Orangewood Presbyterian Church, 7321 N. 10th St., Phoenix. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Orangewood Presbyterian Church – Missions or Organ Fund.


  • Memorial Service Saturday, August 4, 2012
  • Celebration of Life Saturday, October 13, 2012

James "Jim" Gale Lawson MD.

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Scott Pekech

July 20, 2012

Jim was one of the GREATEST men I have ever had the privalidge of knowing. He was always in good spirits and will be missed greatly, especially all the yard sales!

Holly Imes

July 15, 2012

Kevin, I lost my mom on July 3. I'm sure this is a sad time for you and your family. My sincere sympathy and love to you. Holly McCarthy (Imes)

July 15, 2012

Sending Love andLight to you and yours, Kevin, Love and Hugs,Helen

Jon & Debra Freeman

July 14, 2012

Joy - Deb and I send our best. We have been thinking of you and your family so much since Kevin shared the sad news. Hope to see you one of these days.

Dee & Tony Rodriguez

June 29, 2012

His memory burns in our hearts forever, his sweet smile, always had an uplifting word or a little joke to share.., we will miss him.

Dee/Tony Rodriguez

June 29, 2012

Dear Joy and family; So hard to find words of confort at this very difficult time as you say farwell to your beloved husband but our love and prayers are with you now and always.....

Kent & Elaine Richardson

June 26, 2012

We were so sorry to here about Jim. He was a kind person and great doctor.The world will be missing a great man.
Kent & Elaine Richardson

Raymond & Dolores Richardson

June 25, 2012

Dear Joy and Family,
We are so very sorry for your loss. Jim was such a gifted, compassionate Doctor. We treasure our memories of him as a friend, also. He is missed.

June 24, 2012

Gary and I only met Jim Lawson once after church. His smile and openness to meeting new people blessed us. We look forward to knowing him better "when we all get to heaven. :-)
Joy and Gary Smith

June 24, 2012

Jim , sitting in church just won't be the same . Thank-you for your friendship , you will be greatly missed . My thoughts & prayers are with Joy & family during this time ,
Jessica & Mike McMAHON