James Lawson Walker, known by all as Jimmie Lawson, transitioned from this life at the age 65 on Tuesday, June 23, 2020 at AMITA Health St. Joseph Medical Center Joliet, IL. Jimmie was born in Aberdeen, Mississippi on August 21, 1954 and raised in Marion, IL Jimmie was a quiet, reserved, soft spoken friendly person who enjoyed reading, savoring different types of food and watching late-night shows such as The Tonight Show and comedy shows like Saturday Night Live. It was not unusual to find Jimmie laughing out loud as he watched one of his favorite late-night shows on television.
Jimmie was baptized at an early age and was a member of Paul Chapel Missionary Baptist Church and graduated from Marion High in 1972. He excelled in his schooling and his classmates described him as being really smart and a book worm. After graduation, Jimmie attended John A. Logan College at night while working at Marion 100, Inc. In 1978, he moved to Joliet, IL and began his career in corrections at Stateville Correctional Center on August 28, 1978. He worked at Stateville for 32 years before retiring at the age of 55 on September 30, 2010. Jimmie was well liked by his colleagues and was known as “Walking Walker” because he walked everywhere because he did not own a car. He resided in Crest Hill, IL until his death.
Jimmie was preceded in death by his parents, Frank Walker and Lorene (Ewing) Robinson. Jimmie never married nor had any children to mourn his death. Jimmie was the oldest of six siblings and he is survived by his five siblings to cherish him memories: Willie Walker, Marion, IL, Debbie Walker, Grovetown, GA, Raven Huddson, Albany, NY, Wallace (Wally) Huddson, and Mary Berry, both of Marion, IL, too. He also has three nephews; Scott, Shane, and Matthew and six nieces, Ganel, Chanthal, Jennifer, Ashley, Yoyo, and Kisha. He also leaves a host of family and friends.
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