Jim P. Baucom DDS

April 12, 2023

Dr. Jimmie P. Baucom (Jim) was born in the old Ellen Fitzgerald Hospital in Monroe, NC on February 26, 1939. His parents, Preston O. Baucom and Grace Helms Baucom had already moved to Concord, NC where his dad was in business. His mother’s physician was Dr. Smith, the quintessential country doctor in Monroe.

Jim attended Clara Harris “grammar” school in Concord and then Concord High School. He was president of his junior class and president of the student body. He was in the National Honor Society, Key Club, and many other organizations. Jim graduated high school in 1957 and entered the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. He graduated in 1961 with an AB in English. He went on to attend the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry where he graduated in 1965 with honors.

Following graduation, the Vietnam war was raging and the graduates who had not served were offered two choices, join or be drafted. Jim joined the Navy and was stationed at the Naval Base in Newport, RI. He served in the Dental Corp from 1965-1967 as a Navy lieutenant

After serving in the Navy, Jim came to Charlotte, NC and did his dental residency at what was then Charlotte Memorial Hospital, now Atrium. Upon finishing this, he took over a dental practice that had been started by one of his classmates at the dental school. The practice was at 1433 Emerywood Drive in Charlotte. He practiced there from July 1968 to February of 2020. Jim retired at the age of 81. He did fill-in work on and off after that until January of 2023.  

He enjoyed practicing dentistry and taking care of his patients, whom he regarded as family, as much as anyone could. While practicing, he was Secretary and Treasurer of Memorial Hospital residency program, on the board of directors of the Charlotte Dental Society, and Secretary and Treasurer of the Charlotte Dental Society. His other loves were hunting, fishing and the family farm in Union County. For years he and a group of Charlotte dentists went on their annual “pilgrimage” to the Outer Banks to fish for marlin and tuna with the OBX Study Club.

Jim is survived by his wife of 62 years, Mary Knight D’Oyley Baucom; sons, Jeffrey David Baucom, Christopher Preston Baucom, and James Brian Baucom. Also, grandchildren Erika Hailey Wilner and Grant Everette Baucom of Chicago.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, April 22, 2023, at Providence United Methodist Church, 2810 Providence Road, Charlotte, NC 28211 with a reception following in the Atrium.

Memorials can be given to Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region 7845 Little Avenue Charlotte, NC 28226.

Arrangements are in the care of Kenneth W. Poe Funeral & Cremation Service, 1321 Berkeley Ave., Charlotte, NC; 28204 (704) 641-7606. Online condolences can be shared at www.kennethpoeservices.com.

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  • Margaret Raynor

    Got to know Jim and Mary Knight when Jim was stationed under my dad in Newport, RI. My parents loved them and often had them with the other young dentists stationed in Newport under Daddy. I was a nursing
    Student at UNC-CH and was dating a dental student whom I married. I saw the Baucoms in Chapel Hill at dental school events and we went on a cruise around the islands of Hawaii when the ADA meeting was held in Honolulu. Bob and I did not know about Jim’s death until we saw it in the Dental Gazette. Tell Mary Knight that I have told my sisters of his death and that we were very to hear about Jim’s death.
    Bob and Margaret Ferguson Raynor
    5232 Raynor Road, Garner, NC 27529

  • John & Mary Brooks-Brown

    I know this is several months late but we are just now seeing Dr.B's obituary. He was,pur family 1st civilization dentist after retirement from tge ?? US AIR FORCE. We loved this guy! Doc,Chris,Mary and the rest of the staff were family.After he retired we saw Dr B and Dr. Hockaday. After many years under thus practice our federal government insurance plan changed We would peek in to say hello from time-to-time . He was and amazing ? human being,friend,dentist and fellow veteran. ❤️

  • Carol Ballard

    My sympathy to the Baucom family. I first met Dr. Jim Baucom and his wife Mary as parents to their son, Chris. I was Chris's elementary and middle school Art teacher.
    We had recently moved to Charlotte and I had only one dentist for the first 30 years of my life. Dr. Baucom became our dentist for the next 30+ years. Every visit was
    a delightful conversation with him and Chris. My late husband and I always appreciated Dr. Baucom's warmth, honesty and integrity. He will be missed all who knew him.

  • Dino Beck

    Dr. Baucom was not only a great dentist but a truly good soul. While we never looked forward to going to the dentist, we did look forward to seeing Dr. Baucom and Chris. Dr. Baucom shared many of his wonderful stories and Chris shared his misguided love for UNC. Go Duke! It was like seeing family you haven't seen in a while and we will always cherish those memories. He was our dentist for over 30 years and we will miss him.
    Rest in peace Dr. Baucom. You have certainly earned it. You have run the race and finished in the glory of God.

    Dino and Teresa Beck

  • Norbert & Peggy Schneider

    Mary, we send you and your family our sincere sympathy. We treasure the time & history we have shared with you & Jim. Our most recent memory was sitting at dinner with you two at our latest dental reunion & enjoying his enthusiastic conversation about life.

    With love and prayers,
    Peggy & Norbert

  • Jodie Teeters

    To The Baucom Family

    So sorry to hear the loss of Dr. Baucom. Not many
    Dentists, educators and people like him in this world anymore. He was a genuine soul. The Lord has a special greeting committee for him as his values, kindness and compassion for others was apparent to all who met him. God Bless the family and my deepest sympathies to you all. I know he will be truly missed.

    Jodie a former patient for many years in Charlotte

  • Judie Ratcliffe

    I loved Dr. Baucom. He was the best dentist. He was my dentist from the late 60’s to 2019 when I moved out of Charlotte. He will truly be missed by all his family of patients. My love and condolences to his family, especially Chris and Mary.

  • Thomas Sears Jr

    Jim and I were classmates in Dental School (61-65) and he was always a most pleasant person. Our last contact was our last class reunion (Nov 2021 in Chapel Hill). I send my condolences to the family.

  • Roger Smith

    I am so sorry to hear about Dr. Baucom's passing. I started going to see Dr. Baucom as my dentist in the late 1980's and always enjoyed conversations with him (and later Chris), especially discussing our recent fishing trips and sharing photographs of fish and the various placed we'd been. We also would discuss our respective mountain homes and how we loved to get away to them to with our families to enjoy how quite and peaceful it was. Dr. Baucom was a great dentist and will be missed. Please accept my condolences and I hope that you all find peace in the fact that he had a great impact on many lives.

    Roger Smith

  • Gail Peplinski

    I am devastated by this news. Dr. Baucom was my dentist since I arrived in Charlotte in 1976. He was truly an expert in his field. Always the picture of health and a fitness freak, I’m stunned he is no longer with us. I’m broken hearted to lose both him and my darling daddy within three weeks of each other. My condolences to the family, especially Chris, who I got to know in later years. My God. Nothing lasts forever.

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