Jefferson Woody Upchurch, Jr.
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Woody Upchurch, 79, died Saturday, November 23, 2013 from cancer. He was born July 20, 1934 on the Harnett County farm of beloved grandparents, Edward and Martha Avery. He was given the name Jefferson Woodrow Upchurch Jr. by his mother Agnes Avery and father Jefferson Woodrow Upchurch, who predeceased him.
Woody grew up in Buies Creek. He graduated from Buies Creek High School, received an AA certificate of graduation from Campbell Jr. College, an AB degree from UNC-CH and a MEd degree from NCSU. After working as a sports reporter on four NC newspapers, he was employed as a writer/editor in the NCSU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences for 32 years.
Survivors include: wife, Jo Anne W. Upchurch; daughter, Lori Upchurch Kearney (Steve); sons, Jeff Upchurch (Pam), Brian Upchurch (Connie), Michael Upchurch (Carol); stepdaughters, Kimberly Stocks (Jim), Robin Morgan (Donald), Kelley Dow (Brian); nine very special grandchildren and one fun and funny great grandson; former spouse and mother of their four children Eleanor T. Upchurch; and special friend Tom M. Byrd.
The family will receive friends on Friday, November 29, 2013 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Thomas Funeral Home, 401 N Ennis Street, Fuquay-Varina, NC. A private graveside service will be on Saturday, November, 30, 2013.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Buies Creek First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 160, Buies Creek, NC 27506 or to Duke Home Care & Hospice, 4321 Medical Park Drive, Suite 101, Durham, NC 27704.
Arrangements by Thomas Funeral Home. Condolences may be left at thomasfuneral.com.
Published in The News & Observer on Nov. 26, 2013