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.