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THOMAS "TOMMIE" RAY LUPTON, SR. Thomas (Tommie) Lupton, of Wilmington died peacefully after a brief illness, on February 22, 2018. He was born March 25, 1932 in Greenville, NC. Mr. Lupton is survived by his wife of 58 years, Mary Tompkins Lupton, a son Thomas Lupton Jr. of Greenville, SC, a daughter Whitney Lupton of Midlothian, VA, a daughter-in-law Kristi Lupton of Duncan, SC, a sister-in-law Willie Lupton of Greenville, NC, and a brother-in-law Milton Hardison of Wilmington, NC. He was a proud and loving grandfather to Matthew Lupton of Duncan, SC, Caleb Lupton of Charleston, WV, and Olivia Lupton of Louisville, KY. Tommie attended East Carolina University where he received Bachelor of Arts and a Masters Degree in Mathematics. He also served 3 years as a B-36 pilot in the US Air Force. Mr. Lupton came to Wilmington in 1958 where he began a teaching position in Mathematics at Wilmington College and continued there until he retired from the University of NC at Wilmington in 1995. He continued to teach part-time until 2009. He was a humble, loving, kind, and loyal man who was always willing to serve and give to others. Tommie was a dedicated member of Temple Baptist Church, a deacon, and a leader in many other capacities. He was an active member of the local Gideons, served as Treasurer for the Wilmington March of Dimes, and was a proud member of UNCW's Order of Isaac Bear, where he was Treasurer for many years. The family will receive visitors at Andrews Mortuary on Market Street Sunday from 4 - 6 p.m. Funeral services will be held Monday at 11 a.m. at Temple Baptist Church, 1801 Market Street, officiated by Dr. Mark Gaskins and Dr. Del Parkerson, followed by internment at Oleander Memorial Gardens. The family asks that in lieu of flowers donations be made to either the American Heart Association, the Alzheimer's Association, or Lower Cape Fear Hospice.

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Published in Wilmington Star-News on Feb. 24, 2018.
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March 1, 2018
Mr. Lupton was my first advisor at UNCW in 1984 and one of my favorite math teachers. I remember his kindness and patience. I pray that any physical suffering he may have experienced was brief. I'm certain that he is enjoying the benefits of heaven, where God is showing him the solutions to the small set of unsolved math problems that have puzzled mathematicians forever.
Anita Benton
February 26, 2018
I was so sorry to hear about Mr.Lupton's passing. Tommie tried to teach me Math in the early 60's at Wilmington College. Well, I guess he was able to teach me something as I taught Math and Physics on the Community College and University level for 30 years.

Thank you, Mr. Lupton and Rest In Peace!
Frank Montgomery
February 25, 2018
My heart goes out to Tommie's family during this difficult time.You are in my thoughts and prayers. It was a pleasure to work with Tommie during the "old days". He was a good colleague and fun to be around. I will miss him. Dr. Michael Bradley (Psychology Department)
February 25, 2018
So sorry to hear about Mr. Lupton's passing. He was such a kind and friendly man. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family .
Lynn Semke Reeves
February 25, 2018
Mr. Lupton was truly a man of God and he was a most faithful servant for the local congregation at Temple. His gentle, giving spirit certainly left a lasting impression on all of us who knew him. May God's grace and peace be with you during this difficult time.
February 24, 2018
My deepest sympathies to the Lupton family. It was a pleasure to have known him while working at UNC-Wilmington.
Psalm 121
Paula Greene
February 24, 2018
Whitney and family, prayers of comfort and strength today and in the days ahead. Comforting to know that your daddy was greeted by his Heavenly Father. Love you girl!! Rick and Freida Jones
Freida Jones
Family Friend
February 24, 2018
Sorry for your loss, may God bless his soul.
Paul & Shari Jungers
February 23, 2018
In loving memory of a wonderful person.
May love be what you remember most.
My thoughts & prayers are with you. Please accept my deepest sympathies.
Jacqueline Siers
February 23, 2018
So sorry for your loss. Tommy was a loving and kind person, remember the joy he brought to your hearts and everyone he met.
God Bless and love you all,
Bob & Jean Tilley
Bob & Jean Tilley
February 22, 2018
So sorry for your loss. You are in our prayers. Bob & Julia Huntley
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