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James P. Lawson, auctioneer and owner of Homestead and Lawson Auctions, passed away peacefully Monday, September 7. He was born in Chattanooga on July 5th, 1934. He moved to Louisville, KY at 3 years old but was able to return to his beloved hometown in 1969 where he began his business that he successfully ran for over 50 years. He was a devoted family man and especially enjoyed his time spent with his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. He was loved and respected by most all who knew him. He enjoyed his music and watching boxing matches.

He is preceded in death by his parents James Paul Lawson Sr. and Euva Burrell Lawson, along with his wives Elizabeth Blank Lawson and Carolyn Zoll Lawson.

He is survived by his son James Lawson III (Bobbee), daughters Melinda Lawson (Debra) and Becky Lawson Jarvis (BJ), stepchildren Tony Palmer, Tina Pardue, and Tonya Tippens. Grandchildren JJ (Stephanie), TJ, Jennifer, Christie, and five great grandchildren.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, September 16, 2020 from 4:00 – 8:00PM at Camp Columbus located at 8601 Camp Columbus Rd, Hixson, TN 37343. Graveside services will be Thursday, September 17, 2020 at Chattanooga Memorial Park.

Flowers may be sent to Companion Funeral Home or in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of Chattanooga.

Visitation will be held in an open air pavilion at Camp Columbus. Per the current health situation and mandates, we ask that visitors adhere to CDC guidelines including social distancing and facial coverings.