James "Jim" Clayton Christie

June 19, 1939January 1, 2021

Jim passed away on January 1, 2021 at his home in Charlotte, NC. He was born on June 19th, 1939 to Virgil and Harriet Christie.

Growing up in Kansas, he graduated from Hiawatha High School and furthered his education at Highland Jr. College in Highland, Kansas. Jim had lifelong fond memories of his classmates and basketball teammates from this time. Jim next attended and graduated from Kansas State University with a degree in business. This is also where he met his future wife. He would later earn an MBA from the University of Southern California.

Jim’s career in financial services began in 1962 when he joined Bank of America’s Management Trainee Program in Southern California. After 42 years, he retired from Bank of America in 2004, having spent much of his career leading corporate banking credit risk management functions.

The joy of Jim’s life was his family. He married the love of his life, the former Janice Lee Edwards, on June 22, 1963. During their 50 years of marriage, they enjoyed the experiences of living and raising a family in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Tokyo, New York and Chicago. Jim enjoyed reading, genealogy and amateur photography. During his and Jan’s retirement they enjoyed travelling and spending time with family. He was a loving and doting husband, father and grandfather. After the passing of his wife in 2013, Jim relocated to Charlotte, NC where he was able to spend plenty of quality time with his sons and their families.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Virgil and Harriet Christie; and sisters, Beverly and Vickie. He is survived by his children, Jeffrey “Jeff” Christie (Nora) and Christopher “Chris” Christie (Annemarie); and his six beloved granddaughters Emma, Olivia, Brooke, Julia, Ashleigh and Susannah; all of whom live in Charlotte.

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James "Jim" Clayton Christie

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Gary Beaulieu

January 8, 2021

So sorry to hear of Jim‘s passing. I have fond memories of visiting and staying at his home, his visits to Connecticut and the family reunion we had in Lake Tahoe. I’ll always remember his generosity and kindness. My thoughts and prayers.

Gary Beaulieu

Lori Garrett

January 8, 2021

Thank you cousin Jimmy for your love and devotion to family. Thank you for your kindness and support and for our fun conversations. I wish I would have had the chance to get to know you and your family in years past. Rest in peace dear cousin. You are missed!



Larna Essex-Annison

January 7, 2021

I hardly know what to say. I have known Jim since the 10th grade of high school. After he moved to Charlotte and I was living in Louisiana we talked on the phone mostly about football as we were both avid football fans. Of course he like the Panthers and I like the Saints. We promise not to talk on those days that they played. My heart goes out to his family I know he will be greatly missed by his family and friends. I am thankful for his friendship all these years. One time I was visiting my grandmother in Kansas and got to see Jim play basketball at Highland Junior College. In the 60s I was a flight attendant and got to go to Kansas State and a fraternity party with Jim. He was truly a fine person and a very good friend and will be greatly missed

Terry Keaton

January 6, 2021

I am so sorry to hear of Jim's passing. I had tried to call him a few
days ago and of course got no answer. I will always remember
him as my favorite next door neighbor.

Will Rickman

January 5, 2021

We were sad to hear that Jim had gone to live with the Lord. Jim was my first cousin and there are many memories through the years going back to Maryville Missouri and to California in more recent years. Before he retired Carolyn and I had lunch with him and Jan on the Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco. Saw them several times on business trips over the years in Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco, usually in their home. We also had a "Cousin Reunion" in Maryville Missouri in 2004. It was great fun with lots of teasing, shared memories and joyful laughter. We were able to tour the Todd home on north Market Street where our mothers grew up. Have not seen him since he retied and moved to Charlotte. Jim was a happy and kind person and will be missed by friends and family. We send our blessings to all the family.
Will and Carolyn Rickman