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Charlene (Stringfellow) Upchurch
January 20, 1933 - December 27, 2006

     Funeral services for Charlene Upchurch were scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, December 30, 2006, at the First Church of God in Holdenville. Burial followed at McMahan Cemetery under the direction of Hudson-Phillips Funeral Home with Rev. Jon Ewers, Rev. Dale Jennings and Rev. Doris Upchurch officiating.
     Mrs. Upchurch passed away in Norman on Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2006 at 73 years of age. She was born Jan. 20, 1933 in Hughes County to Odus and Gladys Bernard Stringfellow. Charlene attended Moss Schools and on Feb. 26, 1949 she married Howard Upchurch at the First Church of God Parsonage in Holdenville.
     She was raised in the Moss area until moving to Seminole after marrying Howard, where they lived until 1976 when Howard's work moved them to East Texas. They returned to Hughes County in 1986. Charlene was a longtime member of the First Church of God and was a charter member of the church's quilting group. She enjoyed caring for her home and family, especially baking and making dozens of cookies and pies to try to get everyone's favorite. Charlene participated in the Lamar Senior Citizen's annual "Nashville Now" fundraiser and she enjoyed life and people almost as much as they enjoyed her.
     Her parents and a great- grandchild, Holden Hughes, preceded her in death. Surviving is her husband, Howard Upchurch, of the home; four children, Charlotte Horton and husband, Dave, of Seminole, Oklahoma, Kathy Johns and husband, Les, of Eufaula, Oklahoma, Jim Upchurch and wife, Kay, of Tecumseh, Oklahoma and Angelia Upchurch of Holdenville, Oklahoma; grandchildren, Cheryl Stevens of Seminole, Oklahoma, Alicia Hughes and husband, Jeromy, of Pampa, Texas, Courtney Upchurch of Tulsa, Oklahoma and Kristi Splawn and husband, Chris, of Asher, Oklahoma. Charlene leaves three great- grandchildren, Hunter Hughes, Brittney Stevens and Mackenzie Stevens; brothers and sisters, Juanita Brown of Holdenville, Oklahoma, Jeannie Harmon of Holdenville, Oklahoma, Lloyd Stringfellow and wife, Ina, of Holdenville, Oklahoma, Harold Dean Stringfellow and wife, Francis, of Jacksonville, Arkansas, Patsy Hladik and husband, Gene, of Wichita, Kansas and Billie Lynn Leewright of Holdenville, Oklahoma along with a host of nieces, nephews, and dear friends. 
     Pallbearers were Billy Brown, Ronnie Callaway, Donnie Callaway, Jim Callaway, Elton Clark, Jackie Brown, and Mark Summy.  Serving as Honorary quilters are Alyne Smith, Geraldine Smith, Wilma Thetford, Lucy Little, Melba Cook, Nell Faircloth, Wanda Booher and Kathy Bragg.