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Jesse Upperco

July 4, 1930 — December 3, 2018

WILSON - Jesse R. Upperco, 88, died Monday, December 3, 2018.

Funeral, Friday, 11:00 AM, First United Methodist Church, followed by a time of visiting and sharing in Asbury Hall.  Interment will follow in Arlington, VA, at a later time.

He grew up in Arlington, VA, attended Arlington Public Schools and graduated from Washington-Lee High School.  He earned a BS in Geology from Ohio Wesleyan University and a Masters Degree in Geology from Ohio State University.  Jesse Worked as an editor and a mapping contractor with the US Geological Survey for most of his career and with the Ohio Geological Survey.

Always an active Methodist, he was a member of Clarendon United Methodist as a youth and later was a member of Arlington First United Methodist where he served as financial secretary for many years.  He married Caroline Eagerton Upperco on June 23, 1957, and they lived in Little Rock, AK, Urbana, IL and Columbus, OH before resettling in Arlington for over 40 years.  In 2008, they moved to Wilson to be closer to their daughter and her family.  They soon became active in First United Methodist Church where they participated in the Bradshaw Sunday School Class and enjoyed trips with the “Motoring Methodists.”

Jesse is survived by his wife of 61 years, Caroline; daughter, Ann Dolman (David) of Wilson; son, Don Upperco (Patricia) of Fredericksburg, VA; grandchildren, Noella, Ethan and Dane Upperco of Fredericksburg, VA, Caroline D. Herlin  and Elena Dolman of Austin, TX; sister, Esther U. Gay (Robert) of Williamsburg, VA; a niece and five nephews.

Memorials are suggested to First United Methodist Church, PO Box 1423, Wilson, NC  27894-1423, or to Hope Station, PO Box 2164, Wilson, NC 27895-2164.

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Friday, December 7, 2018

Starts at 11:00 am (Eastern time)

First United Methodist Church

100 Green St NE, Wilson, NC 27893

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