Doris Upton

Doris Jane Upton

January 25, 1933 - February 13, 2021
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Doris Jane Upton, 88, of Vale, passed away on Saturday, February 13, 2021 at the Brian Center, Lincolnton.

Born in Gaston County, on January 25, 1933, she was a daughter of the late Dorsey C. Upton and Carrie Yount Upton. She received an associates degree from Gardner Webb College. Ms. Upton retired from Carolina Freight Carriers Corporation, Cherryville, following a career that spanned forty years in the Claims, Insurance and Safety Departments. Throughout her life, she was involved in her community having been the Lincoln County Senior Council Group Treasurer, member of the Golden Voices Choral Group and Coordinator for Meals-on-Wheels in Lincoln County.

She was a life long member of Mt. Vernon Baptist Church. At the church, Ms. Upton was a former Sunday school teacher for the Adult Women's Class, GA leader, choir member, Discipleship Training Teacher, and WMU Director. She and her sister, Lucille, will be remembered most for visiting members of the church and community when they were needed.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her three sisters, Lucille Upton, Willard Upton Fussell and Eunice Upton Mitchem.

She is survived by her niece Kathryn Royster and husband Bob of Chapel Hill, two great nephews, Steven Royster and wife Brittany and David Royster and wife Jennifer all of Chapel Hill; great great niece, Lainey Royster; two great great nephews, Levi and Isaac Royster; special loving friends, Glenda and Howard Wise, Ronnie, Janet and Nell Cooke, and Tammy Cooke Lock all of Vale.

The family would like to give a special thanks to the Brian Center, Lincolnton, administration and staff for their excellent, compassionate care for the last nine and a half years.

Ms. Upton will lie in repose at Stamey-Tysinger Funeral Home on Monday, February 15, 2021 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM. The family will not be in attendance during this time.

A graveside service will be held on Tuesday at 2:00 PM at Mt. Vernon Baptist Church Cemetery with the Rev. Jeremy Mahaffey and Mr. Harold Benfield officiating. Please bring a yard chair if needed.

Due to COVID-19 please wear a mask and practice social distancing.

Memorials may be made to Mt Vernon Baptist Church, 1156 North Brook III School Road, Vale, NC 28168.

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Arrangements have been entrusted to Stamey-Tysinger Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Inc., Fallston, NC.
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Service Details

  • Interment

    February 16, 2021 | 2:00pm
    February 16, 2021 2:00pm
    Mt. Vernon Baptist Church Cemetery
    1156 Northbrook III School Rd.
    Vale, North Carolina 28168
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  • Graveside Service

    February 16, 2021 | 2:00pm
    February 16, 2021 2:00pm
    Mt. Vernon Baptist Church
    1156 Northbrook 3 School Road
    vale, NC 28168
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Rev. Jeremy Mahaffey
    Mr. Harold Benfield


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Renee Smith

Posted at 09:06am
Kathryn and Bob we are so sorry for your loss. We enjoyed being of service to Ms. Upton through the years. We Weill remember her and pray God’s comfort for you as you grieve. Renee’ and Jean at Waters Florist Designs by Renee’.

Kristian Sigmon

Posted at 02:45am
Such an honor to serve this wonderful hearted woman and her family, over the years during my time at Brian Center. She was always smiling and had a positive outlook despite her circumstance. A determined and strong woman she was. Such a beautiful soul. No doubt she has made it home.

Karen Bess

Posted at 08:04pm
Sorry for your loss, she is now with her sisters— had the pleasure of knowing them all. Love, sympathy and prayers 🙏🏻.
Karen Bess

Joyce Leatherman

Posted at 07:31pm
Doris is a precious child of God. She certainly shared the love of God throughout her neighborhood. My grandmother, Lillie Leatherman Moody, and my aunt , Zelia Leatherman, received many blessings through the hands and prayers of Doris Upton. Family. I know you miss her but also that you can be happy for her. Joyce Leatherman

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