Donald P. Upchurch, Sr.

Published 6:25 pm Wednesday, October 14, 2015

AHOSKIE – Donald Paul Upchurch, Sr., age 68, passed away peacefully at his home on his beloved Chowan River.

He was an Ahoskie native, born on February 9, 1947 to the late H. W. and Kate Brett Upchurch and spent his broadcast career serving the Roanoke-Chowan area.  He loved our local history and entertained us all with his trivia questions. He truly was the voice of Ahoskie and his radio career spanned 54 years. Don was a pilot and loved the sky. He wrote two books, the latest titled “Dorothie” concerning factual history of the Lost Colony. It can be found at the local library in audio format.

Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Sandra Diane Simon; and brother, Gerald W. Upchurch.

Left to cherish Don’s memory is his wife, Lucy; two daughters, Dee Dee Upchurch Morrison and her husband Jeff of Wildwood, MS, and Angie Skye Upchurch of Kill Devil Hills, NC; three sons, Maurice Levi and his wife Rachel of Cincinnati, OH, Donald Paul Upchurch, Jr. of Raleigh, NC, and Johnathan Lee Upchurch of Greenville, NC; along with several grandchildren and great grandchildren. Lucy’s children, Rebecca and Mitchell Ayers and Robert and Darl Jordan and grands, loved Donald Duck too. Clear Skies for you my love, love Lucy

Visitation will be held at their home on Saturday, October, 17, 2015 from 1:00 until 5:00 pm.  A graveside service to celebrate Don’s life will be held on Sunday, October 18, 2015 at 2:00 pm at Ahoskie Cemetery, Ahoskie, NC.

Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service – Ahoskie Chapel is handling the arrangements for the Upchurch family and online condolences can be directed to the family by visiting