James “Jim” Broome, Jr.Free Access



(October 24, 1945 – May 7, 2024)

Fort Mill, SC — Jim quietly and peacefully (and knowing Jim joyfully) left this world at Palmetto Patriots VA Home to be at home in heaven in the Face of God.

The expression “he never met a stranger” applies 100% to Jim. If you met him, you’d never forget him because he was outgoing and enthusiastic about everything. From his early childhood his sister, Diane, expressed that he was/is known to respect and love everyone he met with no regard to background or disregard for economic position. Jim was a true Southern gentleman demonstrated by his tremendous sense of humor and fabulous storytelling. Jim loved and was so proud of his hometown of Gaffney, SC.

Jim was also passionate about whatever hobby he was currently enjoying including hunting, fishing, golf, boating, and trapshooting. But his first devotion was his faith. Jim grew up Southern Baptist in Gaffney. He continued living his faith through ministries at Philadelphia United Methodist Church in Fort Mill, SC by providing transportation to the homeless at Room In The Inn, serving at The Men’s Shelter in Rock Hill, delivering food to the Fort Mill Care Center, delivering winter coats to the homeless shelter, delivering the Eucharist to the church’s homebound, and being a greeter for Sunday service.

Jim enlisted in the Navy and served 4 tours of duty in Vietnam. He piloted River Patrol Boats (PBRs) along the Bassac River participating in 486 patrols, 111 of which were under hostile fire. Jim received the Bronze Star and Certificate of River War Service in Republic of Vietnam. He loved his Navy service. He left the Navy in 1971 with Honorable Discharge Certificate.

Upon his return he started his exceptional manufacturing and construction career beginning at Timken Bearing Company, Inc. followed with project management at Thamer Construction, Inc., Barton Contractors of SC, Inc. (co-owner), Cajun Contractors, Inc., and Pizzagalli Construction. During his career Jim enjoyed working in a variety of cities from Gaffney SC to Charlotte NC, to Baton Rouge LA, to Fort Payne, AL, to Decatur, GA to Raleigh NC, to Fishkill NY. Jim’s fabulous work ethic and outgoing personality made him someone you’d never forget and he’d never forget you.

Jim was born and raised in Gaffney to James Nesbitt Broome, Sr. and Anne Humphries Broome. Jim’s family includes his sister Diane Broome Masters of Gaffney; (preceded in death) his sister Katherine Broome; his wife, Patricia Broome of Fort Mill, SC; daughter Jennifer Becker of Huntersville, NC; daughter Amy Baker of Washington, DC; daughter Deirdre Potter of Huntersville, NC; granddaughter Catherine Anne Potter of Port Saint Lucie, FL; granddaughter Bella Grace McWatty of Mount Pleasant, SC; step grandchildren Jack and Emma Potter; his nephews Dr. James Masters of Brooklyn, NY and Whitt Masters of Washington, DC; grand nephews Henry and Isaac Masters; and numerous cousins.

The family will receive friends from 1:00 PM until 2:00 PM on Thursday, May 30, 2024 at Blakely Funeral Home, 1047 Chesnee Highway, Gaffney, SC 29341. Memorial services, with military honors, will immediately follow at 2:00 PM in the Blakely Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Wilbert Jamison, Jr. and Mrs. Patricia Broome officiating.

Honorary pallbearers will be Rich Hitchen, Roger Bynum and Ginny Ferrara.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Palmetto Patriots Activities Department Fund, 120 Hampshire Drive, Gaffney, SC 29341-2267.

The family will be at their respective homes.

An online guest register is available at

Blakely Funeral Home & Crematory, Gaffney, SC

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