Joseph Gawler’s Sons, LLC

5130 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC


James Kirkwood Denham

February 3, 1944May 15, 2020

James was born in Washington D.C. the son of Kirkwood and Florence Denham. He lived his entire life in Silver Spring, MD where he graduated from Northwood H.S. class of ’62. He continued his education at the University of Cincinnati school of Mortuary Sciences where he completed requirements for a degree. He spent many years as the manager of Tyson Wheeler Funeral Home and later at Hines Rinaldi and other Service Corporation International locations. “Big Jim”, as he was affectionately known, was an avid Redskins fan and a philatelist. He was predeceased by his parents and leaves his sister Janice McDonald (Tony) of Myrtle Beach SC, his niece Pamela (Darian) and his long-time companion Rita Claxton. His marriage to the former Claudia Kidder ended in an amicable divorce. He was interred at Parklawn Memorial Cemetery with a graveside service for the family. Due to the existing virus restrictions no further service is anticipated.


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Tom Claxton

May 22, 2020

Tom & Tina Claxton and family shares in the grieving of Jim’s passing. To a kind and caring man who gave our mother many years of companionship and caring. You enriched her life and brought joy. In any small measure Jim made this world a better place.

May God Bless Jim and welcome him to his place in Heaven

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