James Edward "Goodie" Lawson, 84, of Hamden, passed away on Feb. 19, 2013.
James was born Nov. 2, 1928, in Ruffin, North Carolina. He was the fifth eldest child of eleven born to Roxie Lee and Willie Lawson. He graduated from Booker T. Washington High School and served in the United States Army.
James married the love of his life, Margaret M. Maxwell, on Dec. 24, 1954; they were married 58 years. In 1955, James and Margaret relocated to Connecticut from North Carolina.
In his earlier career, he worked as a Contractor with Hilton Construction and Six Carpenters. He was a founding member of the Cardinals Club in New Haven, in addition to playing on their baseball team. In 1984, he joined the Widow's Son Lodge #1 of New Haven, CT.
In 1993, after retiring from American Medical Response, he retired to Winter Garden, FL., where he served as a Deacon at St. John Missionary Baptist Church. In January 2012, he returned to Connecticut to be close with his family.
He had a strong faith in God and was a loving and devoted son, brother, husband, father, grandfather and friend.
James is survived by his wife Margaret; two daughters, Marguerite Bass and Jenell M. Lawson; grandchildren Lakiesha & Michael Bass and K'la Lawson; great grandchildren Makayla Bass and Trevon Bowman; his sisters Annis Gazaway and Gloria Abrams; brothers Willie Lawson and Ernest Lawson; nieces and nephews; and the rest of his family and friends.
A Memorial Service will take place on Thursday, Feb. 28 at 11 a.m. at Howard K. Hill Funeral Services, 1287 Chapel St., New Haven, CT 06511. Interment is private.
To leave a message of comfort for the Lawson family, please visit www.hkhfuneralservices.com