James L. “Jimmy” Baucom, 68, of rural Clayton, died at 9:19 p.m. Sunday, January 20, 2019 at his home surrounded by his family.
Born October 14, 1950, in Quincy, Jimmy was a son of James and Irene Knuffman Baucom. On November 30, 1973 he married the love of his life Helen V. Danner at St. Thomas Catholic Church in Camp Point. She survives.
Jimmy was an owner/operator along with his brother Bob of Baucom Truck Service Inc. in Camp Point, IL, which their father Jim Baucom started in 1949. He worked his whole life in the family business and thoroughly enjoyed being in a truck, where people knew him by his cb handle “Star”. While in business, Jimmy made countless friends and built lasting relationships.
Jimmy was known near and far for his jokes, stories, and kind nature. He never knew a stranger and always tried to leave a smile on every face he met and consistently left a lasting impression. Jimmy had a gift for the spoken and written word. When he spoke, his wit, grace, and sincerity shone through with the perfect message leaving his audience inspired. He also liked to send handwritten letters or cards and endearing texts to people he cared about and surprise people with birthday and anniversary wishes, which he never saved on any calendar and kept all important dates locked in his memory.
He Loved Yellowstone and his trips out west with his boys and of course Red’s Blue Goose Saloon in Gardiner, MT. His annual Indy 500 trips with great friends and cherished spending time with family, friends, and special times with his great grandchildren.
Jimmy wanted everyone to know that he’s never been alone and was never scared of dying due to his unwavering faith. He wished for his friends and family to not mourn, but celebrate the life of ol’ Jimmy Baucom and he looked forward to seeing them again someday.
He was a lifelong member of St. Thomas Catholic Church in Camp Point and loved singing in the choir. He was also a proud long time member of the Midwest Truckers Association.
Survivors in addition to his wife are his children, Jennifer Uppinghouse, Liberty, Jason Baucom (Megan), St. Louis, MO., and Justin Baucom, Clayton; his grandchildren, Arika "Ralph" Pipkin (Josh),Payson, and Austin "Clyde" Uppinghouse (Haley), Liberty; his great grandchildren, Brison "Zeke", Jaylin "Daisy", and Bennett "Everett", all of Payson; his siblings; Norm Baucom, Bob Baucom (Mary Lynn), Gary Baucom (Debra), Steve Baucom (Cathy), Mary Aden (Karl), and Kathleen Schlueter (Doug); an aunt, Martha Baucom, Macomb; two uncles, Ronnie Baucom (Sharon), and Roger Baucom (Loretta), both of Macomb; and numerous nieces, nephews, & cousins, which were all very important to him.
He was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, and cherished family members.
Funeral Services will be conducted at 10:00 a.m. Friday, January 25 at St. Thomas Catholic Church in Camp Point by Rev. Stephen Thompson.
Visitation will be held Thursday evening from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the St. Thomas Catholic Church in Camp Point.
Memorial contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to Quanada, St. Thomas Catholic Church Youth Missions, Blessing Hospice, Alzheimer’s Association of Quincy, IL
Online condolences may be expressed at www.hamiltonfuneralhomes.net.
The Lummis Hamilton Funeral Home in Camp Point is handling the arrangements.