Dr. James Alvin Yount

December 28, 2016


Dr. James Alvin Yount, 75, of Charlotte, NC died peacefully on Wednesday, December 28, 2016, surrounded by his family. He was preceded in death by his parents, Glenn Alvin Yount and Lucille Pope Yount, and his newborn grandson, Easton James Yount. He was born on March 17, 1941, in Newton, NC. Growing up in rural Catawba County, he graduated from Bandys High School, where he was editor of the school newspaper, a member of the marching band and valedictorian of his class. He attended UNC-Chapel Hill where he excelled in his studies, was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Society in his junior year, and graduated in 1963. He entered the UNC School of Medicine where he was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. After graduating from medical school in 1966, he married Mitzi Yount and moved to Nashville, completing his internship and residency at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in l969.

Following a fellowship in cardiology at the UNC School of Medicine, in 1970 he entered the US Army and served as Assistant Chief of Cardiology at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. At that time, he was promoted from the rank of captain to major. During those special three years on Oahu, their first son Bradley was born. In 1973 he and Mitzi returned to North Carolina and he joined the Mecklenburg Medical Group in Charlotte. The birth of their second son Stephen was celebrated in 1976.

After practicing internal medicine and cardiology with the Mecklenburg Medical Group for over 40 years, he retired in late 2013. He was a beloved and well-respected physician and member of the medical community, who was devoted to his patients, loved taking time with them and thoroughly enjoyed the practice of medicine.

He was board certified in internal medicine and cardiology, a Fellow in the American College of Cardiology, a member of the Mecklenburg County Medical Society, the North Carolina Medical Society, the American Medical Association, and other professional organizations. He served on the Alumni Council of the UNC School of Medicine and was a past president of the American Heart Association-Charlotte.

Jim was a loving, caring husband, father and grandfather. He took pleasure in the many wonderful trips abroad that he and Mitzi made. Nothing pleased him more than spending time with Mitzi at their condo in Blowing Rock, relaxing, reading, walking in the woods and hiking the trails. He took time to appreciate the natural beauty that surrounded him there. He especially enjoyed the times when the family visited, and he relished watching his four grandchildren delight in the Christmas parade when the family celebrated Thanksgiving in Blowing Rock.

Deedad, as he was so affectionately called by his grandchildren, loved sharing his time with them and modeled true patience and kindness. He especially looked forward to Tuesdays, when he helped care for his three-year-old grandson Aaron, playing, reading and taking walks together. His three granddaughters also benefited from his nurturing and loving manner and they adored him. He took pleasure in their singing talent and hearing them perform in various plays, in church and at his and Mitzi’s recent 50th wedding anniversary celebration in Blowing Rock.

An integral part of Jim’s life was his faith in God and his love of worshipping at Myers Park United Methodist Church, where he had been a member for nearly 40 years.   He was also a longtime member of the Builders Sunday School Class and enjoyed participating in several Disciple Bible study groups. He had a passion for reading newspapers and books and engaging in lively political discussions, especially with his sons. He was also devoted to his alma mater and was an avid Carolina basketball fan.

He will be remembered for his quiet presence, compassion, kindness, humility, his disciplined work ethic, his intellect and his desire to always put others first. He will be deeply missed by his family and friends.

Jim is survived by his devoted wife of 50 years, Mitzi (Yount) Yount; his son, Bradley James Yount, and wife, Julie Daniel Yount of Greenville, NC; his son Stephen Daniel Yount, and wife, Kirsta Norwood Yount, of Charlotte; his grandchildren, Edith Yount, Chloe Yount, Elise Yount and Aaron Yount. He is also survived by his sister, Nancy Street, of Claremont, NC; sister-in-law, Gail Murray, of Hillsborough, NC; and numerous other family members.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, January 14, in the sanctuary of Myers Park United Methodist Church, 1501 Queens Rd., Charlotte, NC 28207, with Dr. James Howell officiating. The family will receive friends immediately following the service in Jubilee Hall.

The family asks that memorial gifts be made to either the Myers Park United Methodist Church Jubilee Plus! (community outreach fund) or to the Music Ministry, 1501 Queens Rd., Charlotte, NC 28207.

Arrangements are in the care of Kenneth W. Poe Funeral & Cremation Service, 1321 Berkeley Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28204. Online condolences at www.kennethpoeservices.com.




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  • Anne Hutchison

    Dear Family of Dr. Yount,
    I was so saddened to learn of the passing of Dr. Yount. I was blessed to have had him as my primary physician for several years through MMG until he retired. He always expressed kindness and patience and had my best interest in mind. There are not many doctors like him and I was privileged to have benefited from his care. He will be missed. People like him make the world a sweeter and kinder place. Please accept my deepest sympathy.

  • Tom&Lynne Koontz

    Mitzi, lynne and I were devastated to hear of Jim's death. We send to you and your family our deepest condolences and our love. We know nothing of the circumstances of Jim's death but I know that you and the family are suffering such great pain. We have always held you and Jim almost as family even though our paths don't cross that often since medical school.It always felt when we got together as though time has stood still. I can tell you how much we will miss Jim and how we share your sorrow.we loved him and you. I know this is stressful but if you have time please either email us or call us so that we can talk. We do not have your phone number or address. We are presently in Florida for the winter . Our phone number is 336-406-0366 are and how many

  • Thomas Campbell

    The Campbells are very sorry to learn of your family's loss. I remember the Yount house being a warm, joyful place from childhood, and my mother recalled Dr. Yount's dependable, friendly manner on his walks through the neighborhood in recent years. Please accept our sincere condolences.

  • Michael Craig

    Mitzi and family....

    We were saddened to hear of Jim's passing. I first met Jim at UNC when he was the Resident Advisor of my Dormitory. Years later we reconnected in the Builder's Sunday School Class at Church.

    My memories of Jim Yount are that he was a kind and gentle soft spoken man. I was always glad to see You and him. He is missed.