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John Lewis Gadow

January 13, 1963 November 22, 2017
John Lewis  Gadow
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Obituary for John Lewis Gadow

John Lewis Gadow, 54, died at his home late Wednesday, November 22, 2017, from a massive heart attack. A requiem mass will be held on Wednesday, November 29, at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church beginning at 2:30 p.m. Visitation will begin at 12:30 in the parish hall.
John was born and raised in Morgan City, Louisiana. He attended Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, Louisiana, where he met his wife of 30 years, Jan Farmer Gadow. After Jan received her degree from the Georgia State University School of Law in Atlanta, they moved to Jackson, where John attended Mississippi College School of Law. John and Jan settled in Jackson and both practiced law for many years.
John founded the law firm of Gadow Tyler. His professional success was grounded in his deep compassion for people who were economically disadvantaged and less fortunate. John was irrepressibly optimistic and did not tolerate injustice. He was a tireless advocate for his clients and for his friends.
John was blessed with sobriety for many years at the end of his life, and he used his personal experience to help countless friends and strangers who suffered from various forms of addiction. He gave generously and tirelessly of himself to individuals in need of help and to organizations dedicated to helping others. His deep kindness and joyful generosity were visible evidence of his sincere Christian faith. John also served the Church in numerous capacities, including Vice Chancellor to the Episcopal Diocese of Mississippi.
Above all, John was completely devoted to his family. He was a faithful husband and a loving father. His love for his wife and children is boundless. He strived always to give his children every possible advantage in his single-minded desire to provide them with a happy and productive life. They were his greatest joy and his most noble aspiration. His love, admiration and respect for his wife seemed to grow with every year of their marriage.
John is survived by his wife Jan, daughter Gracie and son Will, of Jackson; his mother, Mary Gadow Rawls of Houston, Texas; sister Leslie Gadow Gerlach and husband, Robert, of Houston, Texas; sister Heidi Gadow Disch and husband, Dean, of Madison, Wisconsin; brother Peter Gadow of Atlanta, Georgia; as well as a host of nieces, nephews and devoted friends. Memorial gifts in honor of John's legacy may be made to the Mississippi Bar Foundation Lawyers and Judges Assistance Program (LJAP) or to Andre's Fund in the Episcopal Recovery Program of the Diocese of Mississippi.

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Visitation

Wednesday

29

Nov

12:30 PM 11/29/2017 12:30:00 PM
St. Philip's Episcopal Church

5400 Old Canton Rd.
Jackson, MS 39211

St. Philip's Episcopal Church
5400 Old Canton Rd. Jackson 39211 MS
United States

Requiem Eucharist

Wednesday

29

Nov

2:30 PM 11/29/2017 2:30:00 PM
St. Philip's Episcopal Church

5400 Old Canton Rd.
Jackson, MS 39211

St. Philip's Episcopal Church
5400 Old Canton Rd. Jackson 39211 MS
United States
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