T. C. "Tav" Lupton Jr.

November 17, 1927November 30, 2019

T.C. Lupton, Jr., farmer, avid outdoorsman and business man, died on 11/30/2019 at the age of 92. He owned and operated a family farm that his parents started in Sunnyvale, TX, in 1919. Over many seasons of raising cotton, corn, wheat and cattle, he watched the town of Sunnyvale grow from sleepy gravel roads to a vibrant community. He resided in Highland Park and loved to spend time with his family at Buck Spring Ranch in Llano, which he built in 1987.

T.C. worked in the Coca Cola bottling business for over 40 years, working all aspects of the business from delivery to executive management. Together with his cousin, John T. Lupton, they sold the family owned bottling companies in 1986 to Coca Cola Enterprises, Inc.

T.C. served on the first Sunnyvale City Council in 1954 and, for many years, served as Town Marshall, Fire Marshall and Chief of the Volunteer Fire Department. He purchased and donated the first fire engine to the town in 1971. Married in 1949 to his high school sweetheart, Carolyn Canfield, they raised 3 children, enjoyed 8 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren, and were blessed with twins twice. He is survived by his wife Carolyn, their children and spouses: Carol and Dr. Bill Huckin, and Tav and Maureen Lupton of Dallas, and Laurie and Blake Liedtke of Houston; eight grandchildren and their spouses: Will and Marisa Huckin, Stuart and Merrick Huckin, Matthew Huckin, Blake Liedtke, Jr. and twins, Rachael and Andrew Lupton of Dallas, Lacey and Ross Brunner of Midland, Taylor and Devon Liedtke of Houston; and eight great-grandchildren: Hunter, Weslyn, Liam and Caroline Huckin, Laurie and Ross Jr. Brunner, and twins Olivia and Elizabeth Liedtke.

Visitation 5 to 7 pm Wednesday, December 4, 2019, at Sparkman/Hillcrest Funeral Home. Memorial Service 12:00 pm Thursday, December 5, 2019, at Sparkman/Hillcrest Chapel. Private interment Hillcrest Memorial Park.


  • Visitation Wednesday, December 4, 2019
  • Memorial Service Thursday, December 5, 2019


T. C. "Tav" Lupton Jr.

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Tom Sheppard

December 5, 2019

My condolences to the entire Lupton family. I grew up on Mr. Luptons ranch in Llano Tx during the 90s as my parents were the ranch caretakers at that time . What an exciting family and wonderful memories I will always cherish to have been a part of. The generosity extended to me and my family by Mr. and Mrs. Lupton is unparalleled and I will never forget. My heart goes out to this wonderful loving family.

BettyLou Lowenthal

December 2, 2019

I met the Sheriff at a Dollie Cole barbecue at least 20 years ago. I enjoyed talking to him about his ranch and raising cattle. He was surprised I knew so much. (My father was a cattle buyer and owned a slaughterhouse in Detroit.)
Tav was always so kind to me. I respected him greatly. Rest In Peace dear man.

Yvonne Crum

December 2, 2019

NO one in the world as kind and caring.. as Tav Lupton; a quiet and loving man.. to all he knew. HEAVEN has gained a new Angel! My love and thoughts to all the family.. my heart will have him there always.. Yvonne and Mayo Crum

Kent Perkins

December 2, 2019

Tav was among the kindest, most considerate, loving people we ever knew.

Tav will never be forgotten by my wife Ruth Buzzi or me; we shared many wonderful times over the years.

Rest in peace, our dear friend.