Saturday, July 5, 2008

Joe Upton

The following is the obituary for my stepfather. I have altered it slightly by abbreviating the names of the survivors in an attempt to protect their privacy.

Joseph E. Upton was born in Port Arthur Texas, on September 2, 1922 to Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Guy Upton. The family soon moved to Nacogdoches, Texas where Joseph’s father became one of the original faculty members at Stephen F. Austin University. Joe received his elementary and high school educations as well as his Bacholor of Science Degree in Business from Stephen F. Austin University in 1941. He later received his Master of Science Degree in Financial Services from the American College in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania in 1977. He was a Certified Public Accountant, a Chartered Financial Consultant and a Chartered Life Underwriter. He worked for the Internal Revenue Service, Price Waterhouse, and was Secretary /Treasurer for Trice Production Company before he became an independent licensed insurance agent, representing primarily Tennessee Life and Philadelphia Life and Conseco Life Insurance Companies. He was a life member of the Houston Chamber of Commerce and past president of The Houston Estate and Financial Forum.

Joe Upton was fatally injured in an automobile accident on June 30, 2008. Mr. Upton was preceded in death by his parents, Mr. And Mrs. R.G. Upton, his sister and brother-in-law Joy and John Toomey and by his brother-in-law Robert Lavell.

He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Gamma; daughter LUS and husband WLS; son DU, stepson known as the Middle-Aged-Fat-Guy and his wife The M; sister ML; grandchildren DH, CH and wife AH, D, and Jono; great grandchildren JH and CH; plus a host of nephews, nieces and cousins.
The family will receive friends held from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. on July 5, 2008 at Woodlawn Funeral Home at 1101 Antoine, one block north of Katy Freeway. Funeral services will follow immediately at 10:00 a.m. Interment will be in Donna, Texas at a later date.

The family would like to thank all of the many friends who have offered their help, support and prayers. A very special thanks to the men and women of the Houston Police Department, the Houston Fire Department EMT’s, and Dr. Scott and his team at Ben Taub Trauma Center for their outstanding medical care and emotional support. They made a terrible time more bearable by their kindness.

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