Nelson James Upton
Nelson James Upton, 96, of Muskogee, Oklahoma, formerly of Tulsa, passed away Sunday, November 10, 2019. He was born May 27, 1923 in Muskogee to James and Jennie (Wadkins) Upton. He attended Hyde Park Elementary and Muskogee Central High School.
Nelson joined the United States Air Force in January 1943 serving overseas during WWII. He received an honorable discharge in August 1945.
He married Norma Ruth Walters on June 18, 1950 in Van Buren, Arkansas. They shared more than 66 years of life, marriage and memories when Norma passed on February 19, 2016.
Nelson worked as an engineer for Southwestern Bell Telephone Company. He retired in 1985 after 38 years and 8 months of service.
He loved playing golf but loved nothing more than spending time with his family. He was a member of Southwood Baptist Church in Tulsa where he faithfully attended and served for many years.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Norma Ruth; and other family members.
Nelson is survived by his sons, Mike Upton and wife Pam, David Upton and wife Patsy, all of Muskogee, and Gary Upton of Plano, TX; grandchildren, Bryan Upton and wife Jenifer, Jason Upton and wife Amanda, Zachary Upton and wife Kayla, and Lindsey Cole and Travis; great-grandchildren, Kace, Daxon, Grayson, Harper, Adam, Maeve, Erik, and Nelson; along with other family members.
The family would like to express a very special "Thank you" to the staff at Hometown Hospice; especially Candy Underwood, for the care shown to Nelson.
Funeral services celebrating Nelson's life will be 10AM, Thursday, November 14, 2019 at Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel with Chaplain Alan McBroom officiating. Interment will follow at Greenhill Cemetery with military honors being presented. Pallbearers will be Mike Upton, David Upton, Gary Upton, Bryan Upton, Buddy Michals, Jason Upton, and Zachary Upton. Honorary pallbearers will be Jim Hill, Frank Russell, and Jim Coover.
Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home, 1830 N. York Street, Muskogee, OK. Condolences may be made to the family online at
Published on November 12, 2019


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Sue Oliver
Nov 14, 2019
I pray ya"ll all have special memories of his love for you.
I pray also that you find comfort in knowing where he is at.
Jimmy E. Hill
Nov 13, 2019
Ned and Norma Ruth, our good friends for many years, we miss you both. Many thanks to your wonderful children for all of your care, from our family to yours. "Ned, let me know how the "greens" are up there, my buddy" .
Jimmy Hill and family.