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James Edward Denson Obituary
Jim Denson died suddenly of a massive stroke on Saturday, May 25, 2013.
He was born in Alexandria, Va., to James Thomas Denson and Bettie Graves Denson on July 31, 1931. He married Ila Fern Lamkin in Roswell, on Sept. 7, 1957.
Jim spent his childhood in the Deep South and the Washington, D.C., area. As a young man, he worked at the Pentagon while serving in the Army National Guard. He went on to join the Air Force as a pilot and served his country for 28 years. He retired as a lieutenant colonel in 1976.
In his "retirement," he served as a test pilot and later as a test coordinator for the Patriot missile system for the Raytheon Corp. at White Sands Missile Range. He retired again at the age of 72.
He was active in the community, serving on the airport advisory board, Loco Credit Union board, Elks Lodge, Military Officers Association of America, and was a member of Bethel Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his father, mother and brothers Bill and Tom
He is survived by his wife Ila; son Dan L. Denson; daughter Elizabeth Ann Ferguson; son Jefferson Scott Denson; daughter Margaret S. (Peggy) Denson; granddaughter Ava Ferguson; grandson Wesley Johnson; grandson Coley Ferguson; granddaughter Sarah Johnson; and great grandson Bradley Johnson.
Jim's family would like to invite his friends to a memorial service to celebrate the life of this most generous and loving man whom we will sorely miss. His memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 1, 2013, at Bethel Baptist Church, 1316 Scenic Drive, with Pastor Howell Scott officiating.
The Denson family has entrusted their loved one to the care of Hamilton O'Dell Funeral Home to direct the memorial services. Cremation will take place locally at PCS.
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Published in Alamogordo Daily News from May 28 to June 5, 2013
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