submitted by Carol Sue Gibbs
Everett Bland Upton took sick Christmas Eve. He passed
away in the Nightingale Hospital, El Campo, Texas at 3:30 p. m. on New
Year's Day. Mrs. Anna Lou Walsh, a sister-in-law was at his bedside.
Mrs. Upton had just left for a short rest. Everett Bland Upton was born
June 10, 1894, at Hodgeville, Ky. He passed away at the age of 52,
years, 6 months and 21 days. Death resulted from an incurable
enlargement of the heart. For many years Mr. Upton was employed as a
welder and as welder Inspector for the large gas companies. In 1925, he
married Miss Lilile Matlock of Ganado, Texas. The Uptons lived at Alto,
Texas, for six years. In 1931, Mr. Upton returned as welder inspector.
He farmed and ranched in Jackson County five years. Seven years ago he
set up a grocery business at Francitas, Texas. Supplementary to the
grocery business Mr. Upton continued his ranching interests. He was also
known as a shrewd trader. Mr. Upton leaves to mourn his passing his
widow, Mrs. Lillie Upton, four children and one sister, namely Jack
Larkin Upton of the Merchant Marine, Bobbie Ray, 17; Kenneth Donald, 12;
and Sue Carolyn, 10. Ginger Ann preceded him in death April 8, 1945 at
the age of 14 months. Mrs. Emma Calhoun, a sister, of Othertonville,
Kentucky, was unable to be at her brother's bedside. The place of Mr.
Upton's birth, Hodeville, Hardin County, Ky., is the birthplace of
Abraham Lincoln. A building there encloses the log cabin where Lincoln
was born. Funeral services were conducted January 2, 1947, at 3 p. m.
at the Baptist Church at Ganado, Texas. Rev. A. F. Dickason read the
prayer service. Rev. K. E. Binford read the sermon. The Masonic Lodge
took charge of the service after the sermon. The pallbearers were
members of the Masonic Lodge at Bay City, Markham and Blessing, and were
as follows, namely: A. R. Matthes, Bay City, W. H. King, Bay City, Steve
Rickaway, Blessing, Sterling Landers, Pat McKissick and Gene Spar.
Masonic rites were administered at the grave. Mr. Upton leaves a host of
friends to mourn his passing. The writer extends heartfelt sympathy to
the family in their bereavement.