OBITUARY

James Madison

June 27, 1960June 15, 2021
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James David Madison from Atlanta, GA passed away peacefully with family by his side on June 15th, 2021 at the age of 60.

James was most well known for being a passionate and proud father to his son, Spencer Madison. He is also known as an innovator in the hair industry through his role as a Master Stylist and Salon Owner: James Madison Salon in Atlanta, GA. James was an avid traveler and enjoyed seeing the world with his son Spencer. He had passion for life and is an inspiration, both personally and professionally, to other fathers, friends, and family. James is survived by his son Spencer Madison, and his brothers, Tom Madison and John Madison. He is preceded by his father, Bennie Thomas Madison and mother, Louise (Nevitt) Madison.

Services

  • Friends are cordially invited to a visitation with the family

    Monday, June 21, 2021

  • Services Celebrating The Life

    Monday, June 21, 2021

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Juan Pablo Bejarano

July 20, 2021

Spencer, I just learned today about James and I am so saddened and at loss here…we always had amazing conversations and his love to you and life was unbelievable.

I am so so sorry Spencer and please don’t hesitate to reach out-day/night I am here for you!

Ryan Walker

July 20, 2021

I had the privilege of knowing James for many years as he cut my hair. He did so much more than just cut hair. He helped give me confidence and helped me grow as a person. Whenever I have big life decisions I needed help with I always made a hair appointment and James helped me navigate life with his wisdom and experience. I am now happily engaged because of him and looking forward to fatherhood because of his advice. He used his love for his son as a teaching tool and has helped me understand the joys of fatherhood. I always left James with a big hug and a smile on my face and an amazing haircut. If the point of life is to leave this world better than you found it James lived 10 lives. My favourite quote from him was "If you wanna cut beards or bangs you gotta build trust" He will be sorely missed.

Mary-Woodson Felker

July 1, 2021

An artist who passionately loved his people. He cut my hair and my mother’s like it was creating new art each time. I moved away 15 years ago and have never since been cared for as he cared for my heart and hair. Much love to all his people, particularly Sharon and Spencer.

Rod Chitwood

July 1, 2021

I was terribly saddened to learn today of James' passing. I have known him for over 30 years ever since he started cutting my hair. I followed him through two shops on North Fulton, to Midtown and looked forward to our chats about family & current events. The event he was most proud of was the birth & life of his son, Spencer. He would beam with pride every time I asked about Spencer, he was a wonderful father. I will miss my good friend very much & my best wishes go to Spencer & Sharon.


Lindsay Young

June 24, 2021

I met James when I moved to Atlanta and started coming to the salon about 16 years ago. James always brightened my day with his kind soul, thoughtful questions, silly jokes, and great hugs. He got my hair in shape for my wedding and cut it for many years. I always enjoyed talking with James about travels, restaurants, fancy shoes, and children. He gave me life advice for raising my sons that I think about often - he was such a proud father to Spencer and his love for him was ever-present. I found out today during my appointment at the salon that he had passed, and I am stunned and heartbroken for his friends, family, colleagues, and clients - all of whom I know are deeply grieving the sudden loss of such a truly special man. He had a profound impact on me over the years and will be very missed. May his memory be a blessing to Spencer and his family.

David Slippen

June 24, 2021

Spencer, I am so sorry for your loss. I was lucky enough to be one of your father's clients for the past 5 years. He was SO PROUD of you and of all of your hard work and your new job. I'm not sure I've ever met a more proud father than your dad. I am absolutely stunned and saddened by this news. James was such a sweet soul. I hope all of the tributes to your father give you some comfort, now and for years to come.

With Sympathy,
Dave Slippen

Cindi & John White

June 21, 2021

Spencer, we are saddened to hear about the loss of your father. Although we only knew James for a short time, we thought very highly of him. It was such a pleasure to have known such a kind, happy, sweet and humble man. It was so obvious how much he loved and adored you. We will miss him dearly.

Cindy Schwarz

June 21, 2021

I am so deeply saddened to learn of James. I have been going to his salon since he was in Buckhead and was very happy to land in his chair over 10 years ago.
He was always upbeat and we had lovely conversations but he was most proud and lit up even brighter when he spoke of Spencer. It was a joy to see that sparkle in his eyes.
I will greatly miss his smile and hugs.
My sympathies to Spencer, his family and colleagues.

Sarah & Lee Nunn

June 20, 2021

James was a great neighbor for over 20 years. Our families shared many dinners, cocktails and gingerbread houses over the years. Among our fondest memories is James sitting by the fire, listening to Marvin Gaye and drinking Macallan's 18. James was understandably proud of his many accomplishments. He was most proud of Spencer.

Our love and condolences to Spencer and Sharon.

Michael Kling

June 20, 2021

Reconnected with James a few years ago. We worked together at Scott Cole Salon in the 80’s. He was an inspiration to our craft of hairdressing. He will be missed. What a humble, kind soul. He was always happy to share his knowledge. Rest In Peace my friend.

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