In Memory

James Beauchamp

James Beauchamp

GASTONIA - James Robert (Jim) Beauchamp, 77, entered into Heaven to join his heavenly Father on Aug. 2, 2018 at Carolinas Medical Center, Charlotte, NC with his family by his side. Jim was born in Gastonia, NC and was the son of the late James Clayton and Dora Armstrong Beauchamp. Jim grew up in East Gastonia on Modena Street and made many lasting friendships in that neighborhood.

Jim was a graduate of Ashley High School and was a proud veteran of the United States Air Force. Jim's business career was in the water works and utilities industries and he retired from Fortiline Waterworks. Jim grew up at Faith United Methodist Church in Gastonia and after his marriage, attended First Baptist Church, Gastonia. He and Nancy were charter members of Covenant Baptist Church, Gastonia, NC where Jim was active in Sunday School, various committees, and served as a Deacon and Chairman of the Finance Committee.

Jim had a passion for Southern Gospel music and attended many concerts in his youth with his mother and father. Jim loved to play golf and had many golfing buddies until his health would not allow him to play. Jim and Nancy enjoyed traveling with Christian Tours to explore various parts of the United States. After he and Nancy downsized and moved into their condo, he enjoyed trying his hand at growing tomatoes and trying cooking techniques on his new grill.

Jim leaves to cherish his memories, his loving wife of 52 years, Nancy Allen Beauchamp and son, Jeff Beauchamp and wife, Melissa of Fort Mill, SC. He was the proud grandfather of three grandsons, Tradd, Luke, and Carter, and travelled to as many of their sports and school activities as he could. He is also survived by his sister, Shirley Beauchamp, niece, Sharon Melton and her family, and nephew, Eric McNeely. He is survived by many of his cousins from both the Beauchamp and Armstrong families and his aunt, Dot Armstrong Powell.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 pm, Saturday, August 4, 2019 at McLean Funeral Directors, Gastonia.

A service celebrating Jim's life will be at 2:00 pm, Sunday, August 5, 2018 in the Founder's Chapel, McLean Funeral Directors of Gastonia with Rev. Olin Byrum officiating. The burial will be private for the family.

Jim was preceded in death by his paternal grandmother, Shirley Davis Beauchamp, who helped to raise him and paternal grandfather, James Monroe Beauchamp. He was also preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Robert Lee Jr. and Avie Price Armstrong.

In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to be made to the General Fund of Covenant Baptist Church, 311 Erskine Drive, Gastonia, NC 28054.

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McLean Funeral Directors of Gastonia, 700 S. New Hope Rd., Gastonia, NC 28054 (704) 865-3451 is serving the Beauchamp family.

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