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James Alan Lawler

James Alan Lawler
July 13, 1951 – February 13, 2024

James Alan Lawler passed away on Tuesday, February 13, 2024, from complications related to cancer. He was 72 years old.
He was preceded in death by his father, James Thomas Lawler; mother, Mary Alyce Hamby Lawler; brother, Simpson Hamby Lawler; and brother-in-law, Billy Sheffield. He is survived by his sister, Alyce Lawler Sheffield; brother, Tommy Lawler (Jeanell); sister-in-law, Karen Lawler; nephew, Jimmy Lawler (Anne Marie); nieces, Virginia Sheffield Jeffers (Keith); and Jessica Etheridge. Also, great nephews, Jim Lawler, James, John, and Owen Jeffers, Aiden and Ethan Etheridge; and his great niece, Lizzie Lawler.
Best known for his promoting the area’s outdoor recreation, flora, fauna, and always willing to air his love of the Black Belt through his social media venues and podcasts, he was a true icon.
If you knew Jamsey, lovingly known as “Big Daddy”, you were his friend. He was the most unselfish person you will ever meet, sometimes to a fault. He will be missed by his thousands of friends and family, but his outdoor legacy will be remembered forever by the huge footprint he leaves behind. Big Daddy entered the workforce after graduating high school in 1969. He remained close friends with his classmates and fellow band members for life. He had many bars and clubs in his early business years where he encountered a kaleidoscope of personalities who he remained in contact with his whole life. Some became prominent business people, politicians, musicians, and more. That’s all that needs to be said about that.
In 1978, he began his outdoor adventure when he bought his first bait shop on the by-pass in Camden. A charter member of the first bass club in Camden, he transitioned to his true love of crappie fishing and eventually became one of the best at it. He joined Lawler Timber Company in 1992, where he remained until his death. Big Daddy blossomed as an outdoor celebrity and social media mogul always quick to support his friends with a common interest and there were many. Big Daddy was one of a kind. His love for Camden, its potential and especially the small spot of the earth known as Grampian Hills was unmatched.
He will be cremated as per his request.
We will let everyone know what is to follow.
Thank you to his many friends, he appreciated you all.

 

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