Jim Bazemore, 85, of Daytona Beach, peacefully passed away on September 27, 2012. Jim was born in Tampa in 1927 and moved with his family to Holly Hill in 1929. He graduated from Mainland High School in 1944. He then served in the Navy, aboard the USS Hornet before enrolling at the University of Florida, earning a degree in business. He began his business career with Eli Witt Company in Daytona Beach as a sales manager, before moving to Melbourne, Fla. to become Vice President of Kel's 5-10-12 cent stores. In 1961, he brought his growing family back to Daytona Beach to accept the position of Vice President of Perry's Ocean Edge Resort, a Quality Inn motel. His passion and dedication at Perry's lasted for 50 years as he developed the property started originally by his father-in-law, Robert Perry, from a 15-cottage ocean front motor court to an award winning resort with over 200 rooms. He was an enduring supporter of the community as a member of Daytona Beach Kiwanis for over 50 years. He was an active member with the Daytona Beach and Daytona Beach Shores Chambers of Commerce. He was also a guiding and involved member of the Halifax Associates (charter member) and the Halifax Medical Center Foundation, the Halifax Area Advertising Authority and the Tourist Development Council until the Spring of this year. Jim was a dedicated family man, enjoying camping, traveling, University of Florida football games, fishing and boating, dining out and spending time with family and friends. He was a deacon and Elder of Westminster-by-the-Sea Presbyterian Church. Jim is survived by his wife, Patricia; and his four daughters, Lynn Butler (Charles), Pam Walker (Jeff), Beth Bazemore and Jill Pable (Bill); and their mother, Yvonne Perry Bazemore. He is also survived by three grandchildren, Marshall, Nick and Reagan Walker; and brothers, Robert and Bill Bazemore; along with many nephews and a niece; and by his step-children, Paul Violas, Theresa Preble, Lorraine Worster, and Nathan Violas who came to love him and called him Dad. A memorial celebration of his life will be held at Westminster-by-the-Sea Presbyterian Church, Saturday, October 6th at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Westminster-by-the-Sea Building Fund or to Halifax Health Hospice of Volusia/Flagler, 3800 Woodbriar Trail, Port Orange, FL 32129.
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Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal on Sept. 30, 2012