James “Jim” Bachus passed away peacefully in his home at the age of 80 surrounded by family, in D'Iberville, MS. He was born on September 27th, 1942, to pre-deceased Fred and Mary Arcola Bachus of Pensacola Fl., where he resided most of his life.
Jim was a natural athlete at a very young age. He took the ball and ran with it, literally. In 1957, he hit the game-winning home run in the Babe Ruth Little League World Series. They also won again in 1959. They made history as the only team to win the series twice. He was a graduate of Auburn University in Pharmaceutical studies. Out of college he married his first wife and fathered his first child, Michelle Bachus in 1968. He went on to own six successful pharmacies in the Pensacola area. In the late '80s early 90s he became a restaurateur, owning New World Landing and The Moorings on Pensacola beach. He had his hand in several successful real estate endeavors. He had the Midas touch. He was a consummate professional and very successful businessman, in the Pensacola and Biloxi area. In his 50s he's ventured into the gambling field where he was a senior partner in LA Cruise ship, also the Buena Vista hotel and motel. This was eventually sold to Steve Wyn who built the Beau Rivage Hotel and Casino. This would make him very influential in what we now all know is Dockside gambling in Biloxi, MS. This is also where he met the love of his life, Rosalie Quave Bachus, whom he married, and later had a son with, Jackson Bachus.
Personally, Jim was the life of the party. He loved being surrounded by friends and family. He could give you very stern business advice while at the same time watching a game or shooting craps and having a beer. He was a man of his word. He took great care of anyone who he loved and cared for. He was everything any human being would strive to be. He had morals, was loyal, trustworthy, brutally honest, and had great character! Some would laughingly say he was a "character" because he knew how to have fun. He pulled the greatest pranks ever. He has numerous lifelong friends, but most of all he was a great husband and father. He left his family a very dignified legacy to be respected. We can all be so proud to carry on his name. He will be missed by many and loved by all. He is survived by his wife, Rosalie Quave Bachus; his daughter, Michelle Bachus; and his son Jackson Bachus.
A graveside service will be held at 11 am on Thursday, July 20, 2023 at D’Iberville Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to St. Jude.
Bradford-O’Keefe Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of James “Jim” Bachus.