James Lawson obituary, Death – James Garrett Lawson, 26, of Middleville, died on December 8, 2022. On October 22, 1996, his parents, Jeffery and Kathleen (Terry) Lawson, awaited the arrival of their baby boy in Grand Rapids, Michigan. It brought his parent’s great joy to see James grow into a young man. In 2014, he graduated from Thornapple Kellogg High School. James continued his education by enrolling in culinary school, where he honed his skills and learned to prepare some of the most delectable dishes. James loved music and was an excellent drummer in addition to his culinary abilities. His recipes, musical abilities, and prolific writing demonstrated his meticulous attention to detail. James had a carefree attitude and enjoyed riding dirt bikes and other motorcycles, especially his 1985 Honda Nighthawk.
His abilities were limitless, and he could fix almost anything. He ran “Lawson’s Handyman Services,” a meticulous handyman business. James will be remembered for his impeccable appearance, smile, and kindness to everyone he met. His paternal grandfather, Rev. James F. Lawson; maternal grandfather, Gilbert Terry; and uncles James F. Lawson, Jr., Mickey Gerlofs, and Rick Amato all died before him. James is survived by his parents, Jeff and Kathy Lawson of Middleville; his daughter, Nova Lawson of Kalamazoo; his sister, Casey (Paul) Haney of Middleville; his paternal grandmother, Lois Lawson of Battle Creek; his maternal grandmother, April (Michael) Lehr of Manchester, Michigan; and the many friends and lives James touched.
Anyone wishing to make a memorial contribution in James’ honor should send it to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 10069, Detroit, MI 48210. James will be visited on Thursday, December 15, 2022, from 6-8 p.m. at Thornapple Valley Church, 20 State Street, Middleville. The following day, on Friday, December 16, 2022, a memorial service for James will be held at Thornapple Valley Church (Middleville Campus), starting with a visitation at 11 a.m. – noon and concluding with an interment at Cowan Cemetery.
Photos, condolences, and memories for James’ family can be left at www.BrownFuneralHomeNiles.com.
Brown Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Niles has been entrusted with the arrangements. For the rest of his life, James will be remembered. His infectious smile, ability to dress perfectly every time, charismatic personality that drew people to him, craftsmanship in his work, is a great protector, and, most importantly, his ability to love will be greatly missed.
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