James Donald "Jim" Upton
James Donald “Jim” Upton, 79, Mt. Pleasant, died Wednesday, June 26, 2013, at Park Place Elder Living Center in Mt. Pleasant.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, July 2, at the Murphy Funeral Home where friends may call after 2 p.m. The family will be present from 6 to 8 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, July 3, at 10:30 a.m. at the First Baptist Church in Mt. Pleasant with the Rev. Regan Stoops officiating. Burial will be in the Forest Home Cemetery with full military honors conducted by the Henry County Honor Guard.
Memorials may be directed to the First Baptist Church of Mt. Pleasant, HCI Hospice of Mt. Pleasant or the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation.
Online condolences may be sent to the family atwww.murphyfuneralandmonuments.com.
Murphy Funeral Home of Mt. Pleasant is handling the arrangements.
He was born Nov. 16, 1933, in Mt. Pleasant and was the son of Donald Connor and Esther June Hayward Upton. He married Donna Marie Parker on Aug. 12, 1956.
He served his country as a corporal in the Army during the Korean War, where he was stationed at Ft. Richardson in Alaska, serving as a radio operator and a personal driver for Major Dickinson. After the service, he worked at several area garages as an auto mechanic. He was employed at Champion Spark Plug Company in Burlington. He retired in 1992.
He enjoyed playing cards, board games, crossword puzzles, wood working, watching the Wheel of Fortune, camping and going on family vacations. He also enjoyed spending time with friends and family.
He is survived by his wife; his children, Jacqueline A. McDowell of Austin, Texas, Don (Diana) Upton and Lisa Upton, both of Mt. Pleasant; four grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; one brother, Harold (Carolyn) Upton of Mountain Grove, Mo. and three sisters: Sara Weschler, Anna Turner and Linda Stith, all of Mt. Pleasant.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, John and Glenn; one sister in infancy, Elizabeth Ann, and his step-father, George Helm.