James "Jim" Ray Upham

March 1, 1932 — November 17, 2017

James "Jim" Ray Upham

James "Jim" Ray Upham, 85, passed away Friday, November 17, 2017 at his home in Graham.  Funeral services will be held Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. in Morrison Funeral Home Chapel.  Burial will follow in Gooseneck Cemetery under the direction of Morrison Funeral Home.


James was born March 1, 1932 in Graham to the late Jess Benjamin and Ruby (Newby) Upham.  He was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps where he received a Service Ribbon with two stars and a Purple Heart.  James married Mattie Rose McFadden August 11, 1980 in Mineral Wells.  James worked in the oilfield for thirty years as an Oilfield Engineer and was a member of the First Baptist Church.


Survivors include: wife, Mattie Upham of Graham; daughters, Sherry Whitmire and husband, Jimmie of Possum Kingdom Lake, Becky Elliott and husband, Woodie of Graham, and LaVon Denton of Graham; sons, Calvin Todd and wife, Julene of Ethete, Wyoming and Rodney Todd of Graham; 13 grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren.


He was preceded in death by sisters, Lanora Drake and Ruth West and brothers, Leonard, William, and J.B. Upham.


Visitation will be held Monday from 6 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.


Memorials may be made to Graham Regional Hospice.

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