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OBIT: Mrs. Willie Upchurch Of Carthage


Mrs. Willie Upchurch, age 70 of Carthage died as a result of chronic heart disease at 10:07 p.m. Saturday evening January 14, 2017 at her Main Street North home. She was under the care of Aseracare Hospice which pronounced her dead at 11:02 p.m.

Mrs. Upchurch was at the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home where her funeral services were conducted Wednesday afternoon January 18th at 1 p.m. with Bro. Jeff Burton officiating. Burial followed in the Ridgewood Cemetery.

Respectfully known by her family and close friends as “Moose”, she was born Willie Mai Thompson in the Reece Hollow in the Buffalo Community and was one of three children and the daughter of the late Tom Ryman Thompson who died at the age of 57 on March 25, 1977 and Irene Franklin Thompson Alcorn who died at the age of 68 on January 27, 1990.

On March 17, 1962 she was united in marriage to Buffalo Valley Community native Leonard Alton Upchurch who preceded her in death at the age of 66 on February 26, 2004.

They were preceded in death by two children, an infant son, Ricky Wayne Upchurch, who was born May 24, 1966 and died from pneumonia at the age of 1 on January 12, 1968 and by a daughter Linda Carol Upchurch Taylor who died January 5, 2016 at the age of 53.

A sister, Carolyn Adell Thompson Paris, died July 7, 2011 at the age of 61.

Mrs. Upchurch worked at the former Carthage Shirt Corporation.

She was a non-denominational Christian.

Surviving is her daughter, Ashley Upchurch Green and fiancée Nicholas Mayberry of Carthage; brother, Johnny “Rusty” Thompson and wife Nadene of the Flatrock Community; special friend, Paul Neely of Carthage; four grandchildren, Dillon Smith, Cody Upchurch, Hank Thompson and Andrew Bull.