John E. Upchurch IV

LOS ANGELES, Calif. | John E. Upchurch, IV of Los Angeles, Calif., age 51, died January 6, 2014 at Olympia Medical Center in LA.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Mary Frances and John E. Upchurch, Jr. Lettie B. and E. Frank Harrell.
Survivors include his mother, Katherine Harrell Upchurch; father, John E. Upchurch, III; and sister, Mary Katherine Coulter of Erwin, Tenn.
A native of Tuscaloosa, he attended public and private schools and graduated from Central High School in 1980 and later attended Pierce College and Los Angeles Valley College.
He was a U.S. Air Force veteran and served in the 93 FMS Squadron in the Administrative Technical School as an honor graduate. He earned the rank of Sergeant and an honorable discharge in 1987 after serving three years of service.
He joined the San Diego Padres professional baseball organization as a marketing and promotion representative and later as an administrator with Nursing Services, Inc. overseeing the housing and payroll coordinators and support staff.
In 1992, he began an eighteen year career as a licensed insurance broker with his last position as Vice President and Operating officer with Chopra Insurance Brokerage, Inc.
For those who wish to make memorial donations, the family suggests the First Presbyterian Church of Tuscaloosa, The Tuscaloosa Public Library or any .

Published in Tuscaloosa News from Jan. 11 to Jan. 12, 2014