Born to the late Frankie Lee and DeRondo Upton in Sweetwater, Tennessee, Sonny, as he was lovingly called by his Tennessee family, was the youngest child of eight children.
Upton accepted Christ and was baptized at an early age at Mount Bethel Baptist Church in Sweetwater. He joined St. Timothy Community Church, San Bernardino in 1971 under the pastoral leadership of Dr. William L. Dillard, where he served in the capacity of trustee and treasurer until 1999.
Upton married Alma Young and together had one daughter, Sonia Marietta.
Upton was a United States Army Veteran and a member of the Army Reserves for 27 years. His community involvement included the 1402nd Engineers Company B, Sportsmens Club and American Legion Post 710.
Following his discharge from the Army, Upton was employed as a recapper with U.S. Royal Tire Company. His subsequent employment was as an assembler at Rohr Aircraft, Riverside, a counselor at the Chamber of Commerce Consortium OJT Program, San Bernardino, and a rehab specialist for the City of San Bernardino Economic Development Department, previously known as the Redevelopment Agency.
He retired from this position in 1991.
Upton leaves to cherish his memory, his wife, Alma Young-Upton; daughter, Sonia Upton Jackson; grandchildren Christopher Culberson and Jeanna Jackson; sisters, Alice Lucille Wilkerson, Martha Burton, Addie Jane Upton and Katie Jones; sisters-in-law, Catherine Ford, Deborah Boulware, Elizabeth McMullen, and Louise McMullen; brothers-in-law, Clyde McMullen, Jr., Melvin McMullen, and Neal Jones; uncle Curtis Upton; God daughter Janel Brown; and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives.
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