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Billy Ray "Bill" Upton

Passed Away: February 20, 2022

Billy Ray “Bill” Upton, 77 of Arden, died Sunday, February 20, 2022 at the Elizabeth House in Flat Rock, NC.  He was born in Huntsville, Alabama to Mary Wise and Paul Upton and was later adopted by Ollie and Clifton Upton.

Bill was a retired Electrician and was an active member of East Chestnut Church of Christ.  His interests included old cars, motorcycles, and Alabama Football.  He was preceded in death by his adoptive parents, his birth father, and a brother Dennis Sweat formerly of Winter Haven, Florida.

Surviving in addition to his birth mother, is his wife of 43 years, Gayla Upton; his daughter Melissa Barnwell and her husband Larry of Hendersonville; son Barry Jones and his wife Kay of Cleveland, Tennessee; grandchildren Cody Jones, Kayla Whitaker, Kelsey Barnwell, Kassie Barnwell, Chris Barnwell, Marshall Green, Kirk Olson, Hunter Olson, and James Dougherty; his brothers Ray Upton and his wife Linda of Owens Cross Roads, Alabama and Richard Sweat of Greenville, Ohio; as well as many cousins, nieces and nephews whom he loved.

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