James William Gwen

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James William Gwen born April 30th 1953 in Columbus, Ohio was called home May 10th. He graduated from East High School in 1971. He studied at Computer Training Academy. He spent 27 years in California before returning to Columbus in 2008. He worked in construction and retail before retiring from Lowe’s Home Improvement in 2020. In his retirement years he did lawn care. James loved rooting for the San Francisco 49ers and the Ohio State Buckeyes. He enjoyed fishing with his wife.

He is preceded in death by his mother Mary Louise Hickman, brother Merrill Lewis Hickman, grandparents
William and Thelma Wilson.
James leaves to cherish his memory his wife Nia Rivers-Gwen, father James B Gwen, sister Thelma Berger, brother Michael (Brenda) Hickman, nieces Lois

(Mark) Burton and Antoinette Robinson, nephew Samuel Robinson, great-nieces Jazmine and Breyana Burton, great-nephew Malik Burton, great-great nephew Elias James Burton. Cousins Don (Sandra) Corbett and Ron (Deirdra) Corbett. A host of family and friends.

Visitation 3:00 PM and Funeral Service 4:00 PM Friday, May 19, 2023 at MARLAN J. GARY FUNERAL HOME, THE CHAPEL OF PEACE EAST, 5456 E. Livingston Ave.

Condolence Messages

  1. Mike and Bonnie Seeger

    Sorry for you’re loss. You are in our prayers.

  2. Going to miss you Butchie Thank you for the love the fun the good times and brotherly love.

  3. Kathy Williams

    Rest peacefully Butch you’ll always be remembered big brother ❤️

  4. Christopher Powell and Family

    Our family sends your family our heartfelt condolences. May Jehovah God give peace to your family’s soul. We pray that your family is surrounded by God’s comforting love. Through God’s love, We pray that He grants your family the comfort that He alone can give.

  5. Mr James was a great man, i worked with him at Lowes, it was him who talked to me and encouraged me when i found out i was becoming a father. We had many talks on my ride home from work and would always go back and forth about Steelers and 49ers. Mr.James you will be missed and thank you for being an example for me.


    To our family we will get through this Brother I miss you so much and will always keep you and Nia in my heart
    Love you your sis

  7. I am so sorry for loss-his laughter will be greatly missed.

  8. Devon Schronce

    Your laughter and education you will always be remembered. Thoughts and prayers for your family.

  9. My condolences. Rest easy James

  10. Prayers for your entire Family!! The Loss is Great to them staying prayful will only free of a portion of the hurt but with Gods Grace and understanding , youll be able to get through this pain!

  11. Cheryl (Wooden) Harrison

    I know the hurt you feel only time will heal the broken pieces of your heart. I pray God gives you the strength you need. I always know someone is praying for you.

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