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Stephen Dale Upton

A celebration of life service for Stephen Dale Upton was held July 5, 2023, in the Saulters Moore Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Ted Bowlin officiating. Interment followed in the Whitesand Cemetery in Prentiss. Steve, 54, passed away June 28 in Prentiss. His untimely death was a result of the profound loss he suffered and the unbearable grief he carried due to the loss of his only daughter, Brooke, on July 25, 2021.
Serving as pallbearers were James Dixon, Justin Shivers, Dustin Gilbert, Lee Swales, Ryan Upton, and Bartlee Keisman. Honorary pallbearers include Harold Coulter and Scott DeHart, deceased.
Steve graduated from Prentiss High School and attended Hinds Community College to pursue his passion for electrical work. It was during this time that he honed his skills and obtained the necessary qualifications to become a certified electrician. Steve’s commitment to learning and professional growth in this field was evident throughout his career. He will always be remembered for his zest for life and an ever-present sense of humor that brought joy to those around him. His friends recount the countless pranks they played on each other, creating cherished memories that will be shared and laughed about for generations. Among his hobbies, Steve not only enjoyed hunting, but also had a passion for shooting his guns, honing his accuracy and enjoying the challenge that marksmanship presented. He was of the Baptist faith.
Steve’s absence among us is a great loss for the community, but his memory will forever be cherished by those he touched throughout his life.
Steve was preceded in death by his daughter, Brooke Upton Lott; and his mother, Peggy Tuma.
His memory will forever be cherished by his father and step-mother, Roger Dale and Linda Upton, of Silver Creek; his brother, Craig Upton (Kimberly), of Laurel; his sister, Theresa Bass (William), of Silver Creek; two grandsons, Sutton and Sawyer Lott, of Seminary; his niece, Kaylee Upton, of Hattiesburg; and two nephews, Ryan Upton, of Hattiesburg; and Micah Upton, of Laurel. Steve also leaves behind a cousin that was very special to him, Angie Smith, of Monticello.
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