Tyler Memorial Funeral Home - Cemetery and Mausoleum

12053 State Highway 64 West, Tyler, TX


James E Upton

October 10, 1931March 13, 2020

James E Upton, age 88, of Tyler, Texas was called home by his Lord on Friday, March 13, 2020. James was born Saturday, October 10, 1931 in Wynnewood, Oklahoma to Francis and Lizzie Upton.

Jim graduated from Onapa high school. Following high school, he graduated from Oklahoma State, specializing in agriculture and mechanics. Jim served in the U.S. Army for 2 years, he then was given a position as a livestock market reporter for the Department of Agriculture for 35 years. While working in Baltimore, MD he met the love of his life, Dixianna. They were happily married on Friday, October 30, 1959 and were blessed by being together for 60 years. They had the privilege of living in Omaha, NB, Kansas City, and Indianapolis where they made many loving friendships. Jim and Dixianna retired in Tyler, Texas in 1989 to be closer to family. Jim enjoyed golfing with his friends and was a member of the Shiloh Church of Christ, and served as a deacon for 2 congregations. Jim will be greatly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him.

Jim is survived by his loving wife, Dixianna; 2 children, Marla (Lafe) Caton and David (Tina) Upton; 6 grandchildren, Cade (Ashton) Caton, Zach (Kimberly) Caton, Casey (Malkah) Caton, Casi Caton, Austin Upton, and Jace Upton; 7 great-grandchildren, Briley Caton, Brax Caton, Broc Caton, Brek and Brynne Caton, Remi Caton, Lochland Caton, Atlas Caton, and Edge Caton.

Jim was the youngest of ten children, who are all joined together now in Heaven.

A special thanks to Brookdale memory care and to Solaris Hospice for their love and care. Also to two very dear caregivers, Jan and Marie.


A private military graveside service will occur on Tuesday, March 17, 2020, following a private memorial celebration for Jim's life on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. at Shiloh Church of Christ in Tyler, Texas. The family and church staff are politely asking to not attend the church service, due to health concerns that are now a national crisis. Please join us with your loving hearts by the live feed of the service that is available with the link below for those who are unable to attend.



  • Memorial Service Tuesday, March 17, 2020


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Lisa Williams

March 16, 2020

Our family certainly enjoyed getting to know Mr. Jim and your family. Our prayers are with you during this sad time.
Lisa, Chip, Carla and Clay (Willie William's family)