Dr. Bill Bullock

January 2, 2023

CHARLOTTE – Dr. Bill Bullock passed away peacefully at Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center in Charlotte, NC, on Monday, January 2, 2023, surrounded by the love and support of his family.

Born in Independence, KS, on September 9, 1938, Bill graduated from the University of the South before entering the United States Navy Officer Candidate School in 1960.  He served until 1966 and was honorably discharged as a Lieutenant (JG).  After his Navy service, Bill felt called to serve and care for others. He graduated from medical school at the University of Tennessee-Memphis School of Medicine and completed his internship at Charlotte Memorial Hospital (now Atrium Health Carolinas Medical Center).  Bill then became a senior resident at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill School of Medicine, specializing in internal medicine.

Upon completion of his medical training, Bill devoted himself to providing steadfast, compassionate care for his patients for 45 years.  In addition to his private practice, he served as chief of staff at Presbyterian Hospital (now Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center) and as medical director for Bank of America.

Beginning in 1988, Bill embarked on a new way of life through Alcoholics Anonymous, where he found meaning, purpose and true fellowship.  His desire to help others also found expression in his work assisting recovering people in the community.  Bill served as medical director at the Dilworth Center and later received the Jody Kellerman Award for outstanding contributions in the field of substance-abuse treatment.

Bill died with a heart full of gratitude for his loved ones, including his wife, Cynthia Carlson; children, Will Bullock and his wife, Jane, Jonathan Bullock and his wife, Mary, Martha Bullock Baker and her husband, Chris; stepson Marshall Carlson and his wife, Lynn; grandchildren, Lilly, Fowler, William, Berkeley, Campbell, Ellie, Lindsay, Kate and Hendrick.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Jimmie Adcock, The Reverend Connor Gwin of Christ Episcopal Church and Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region for providing Bill with compassionate care.

A private memorial service will be held for the family.

Memorials may be offered in memory of Bill to: UNC School of Medicine/UNC Health Foundation, 123 West Franklin St., Chapel Hill, NC 27516 (https://unchealthfoundation.org/) or Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region, 7845 Little Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28226 (https://www.hpccr.org/giving).                             


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  • Joan Martin

    Bill was a wonderful doctor and friend to me and to my late husband, Joe Martin. I send my sympathy to all his family.
    Joan Martin

  • Olaf Tiburcio

    I met Bill and his wife Cynthia over four years ago. Both were so kind to me since then. I used to help them with some small projects in their house and later in their condominium. He was generous, humble and friendly all the time. God keeps in his Mercy

  • Allen Hildreth

    Our friendship will always hold a warm place in my heart. In fellowship ; Allen

  • Richard Hechenbleikner

    Bill was my personal physician for many years and I was saddened to learn of his passing. When he retired many years ago I regretted having to find another primary care doctor and didn’t for several years. Bill was warm and caring and will be missed by many in our community that he served so well. My condolences to his family.

  • Heather Gentry

    I'll always remember his smiling face and the calmness that surrounded him. He seemed like a man at peace and in gratitude for life. He will be greatly missed.

  • Mark Lassiter

    I am feeling so grateful that I was able to know Bill for nearly 20 years. His smile and support helped me realize that everything works out. My condolences to his family and friends

  • Dot Marlow

    In my first year of nursing, I worked with Dr. Bullock in the ER of NC Memorial Hospital (now UNC Hospitals) when he was a senior resident. He was always calm, kind, and knowledgeable - and one of my favorites. When he moved to Charlotte, it was a happy surprise that he became my parents’ physician, and in later years my husband and I were his patients until he retired. We really missed him, and will continue to. Sincere condolences to the family.

  • Linda Reynolds

    Dr, Bullock was my doctor for many years
    When I was at Bank of America. He was a
    Wonderful, compassionate doctor who made you feel like a friend. His smile said it all. I’m so sorry for your loss.

  • Stuart Garner

    I joined Travis Clinic in July 1988. Bill was a reassuring presence who treated me enthusiastically to the practice. I was a newcomer and it meant a lot to me. He faced some big challenges soon thereafter but came back to the practice in a strong and meaningful way. I have had an enduring respect for him the entirety of my career here in Charlotte. His advise was valued. It always was insightful, frank, clear, and at times delightfully witty. My conversations with him never were short, regretted when over. His death is a loss to all of us.

  • Valerie Lewis

    It was an honor and a privilege to work with Dr. Bullock. I valued the time he spent with me, sharing the stories and experiences that shaped his work. He has left a lasting impression on everyone that knew him. He will be forever respected, greatly loved, and severely missed.