Sunday, December 10, 2017

Dwan Upchurch

Dwan Swindell Upchurch, 87, died on December 8, 2017 in Elizabeth City. 
She was born to Guy Swindell and Alma Jefferson Swindell on September 11, 1930 in Washington, North Carolina. She loved the banks of the Pamlico River with all her heart and was a true Beaufort County girl. 
After graduation from Meredith College, she met and married Thomas Joseph Upchurch. They made their home in Raeford, where she was a beloved seventh grade Language Arts teacher for many years. After his death, she moved to Garner, where she made many new friends and enjoyed her bridge games at the senior center. She loved her Sunday School class, and she was a great student of the Bible.  
In 2016, she moved to Elizabeth City, where she made more good friends and received tender care at the Brookdale Community there. 
She is survived by her two daughters and sons-in-law, Dwan and Harry Turner and Missy and Richard Godfrey and by her five grandchildren, Michael (Kenza) Turner, Sarah Turner, Laura (Nate) Turner, Leah Godfrey, and Mark Godfrey. 
The funeral will be held Friday, December 15, 2017 at 2 p.m. at Raeford United Methodist Church 308 North Main Street, Raeford. Pastor Susan Hobbs and the Rev. Brian Wingo will officiate. Burial will be in the Raeford Cemetery. The family will receive friends after the service at the graveside. 
Memorial contributions can be sent to Samaritan's Purse at P.O. Box 3000, Boone, N.C. 28607 or to Garner United Methodist Church Heartful of Love Fund at 201 Methodist Drive, Garner, N.C. 27529. 
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