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James Laws

October 10, 1948 October 3, 2019
James Laws
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Durham: James Laws, 70, died Thursday, October 3, 2019 at the VA Medical Center. He was born in Onondaga, NY, the son of the late Leon Laws and Anastasia Swift Laws. He was preceded in death by his beloved son, Joel Laws. He was a veteran of the Air Force and served during the Vietnam War.

Mr. Laws loved spending time with his only grandchild Jordan Laws. He was an avid NASCAR fan and could easily tell you about every track and driver over the last 50 years. Mr. Laws received the NASCAR Weekly Racing Mechanic of the Year award in 2002 from his peers at Orange County Speedway. Also that same year at the same track, he was a championship crew chief for a NASCAR Limited Sportsman Team. Mr. Laws was a volunteer fireman for 20 years at the East Syracuse Fire Department and Lebanon Volunteer Fire Department. He was a teacher and mentor to his sons Shawn, Matthew and Joel in addition to our neighbors and their children. Mr. Laws was known as “Mr. Fix-it” in his neighborhood and had every tool imaginable and would insist that he made the repairs because then he was sure they were done right. He was a history enthusiast and would spend hours with one neighbor in particular just sharing the knowledge he had acquired over the years.

Mr. Laws is survived by his wife of 50 years, Sandra Laws; sons, Shawn Laws (Misty), Matthew Laws; grandson, Jordan Laws; sisters, Anastasia Marziale (Paul), Janet Ashworth (Tommy), Kay Nentwick (Frank); brother, Kenneth Laws (Fran), sister-in-law, Debbie Dumas, and sister-in-law, Paulette Perry (Clinton) .

A memorial service will be held 2:00 p.m., Saturday, October 12, at Clements Funeral Chapel in Durham. A video will be shared prior to the service celebrating his life.

The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral & Cremation Services, Inc. in Durham. Online condolences may be sent to

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2:00 PM 10/12/2019 2:00:00 PM
Clements Funeral Chapel in Durham

1105 Broad Street
Durham, NC 27705

Clements Funeral Chapel in Durham
1105 Broad Street Durham 27705 NC
United States

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