Condolence & Memory Journal

I also became aware of David's passing by way of the Oak Hills Alumni Newsletter. (Class of 72). I remember David and the rest of the Upchurch family growing up in a little Episcopal church in Fernbank/Sayler Park. He and I were acolytes together and I remember him as a young guy who was quiet and serious yet quick to smile. As Ive read the many condolences it is clear that he lived his life with a strong sense of purpose that touched scores of individuals. What a wonderful example he has left us. This world needs more men like him.

Donn Brookes

Posted by A friend   February 07, 2017

I just heard about Mr. Upchurch's passing in the OHHS Alumni news. "Mr. Church" was, by far, my favorite teacher from my Delhi Jr High days. I have great memories from doing stats for him when he coached boys basketball, and as a student in his World History class. I considered him a great friend back then, and am very sad to hear of his passing. My prayers and condolences to his family.

Posted by Lisa Couch-Fisher    February 06, 2017

Prayers go out to the Upchurch family. I met him when my son was a student at Newport Middle School. He was always kind and caring. The kids were very fond of him as well as the parents. Rest in Peace

Posted by Marcella Carter - Newport, KY - Acquaintance   January 18, 2017

It was a pleasure to work for Dave at Newport Middle School. He truly enjoyed his time there and students sensed that. Thank you Dave, Ken Eckert

Posted by Ken Eckert - Newport, KY   January 18, 2017


My thoughts and prayers to Delores. A truly great lady and the mother of a man who truly did "make a difference" on his journey through this life.

Posted by Bob West - Bright, IN - Family Friend   January 15, 2017

Mr. Upchurch was one of my favorite teachers at Delhi Jr. High when I took his Ancient History class in 84-85. Peace and comfort to all who will miss him.

Posted by Elayne Carringer    January 15, 2017

To: Family of Brother Upchurch

I feel sure that you Dave has already heard the welcome words; Well done thy Good and faithful servant, Enter into the joy of the Lord!

Robert N. Sears LEO
Sharonville-Calvary Lodge # 204

Posted by A friend   January 14, 2017

I hope you find a scenic lake in heaven to drop a fishing line

Posted by Joe Schroeder - Cincinnati, OH   January 13, 2017


Rest in peace, Mr. Upchurch!

Posted by Amanda Roche-Biser - Harrison, OH - Coworker   January 13, 2017

Words can't explain what a great teacher and person Mr. Upchurch was. I too was a First bell classmate in his class in 78-79 school year. I will never forget his extra credit questions he gave out on his essay tests. Boy were they hard, but I will never ever in life forget who played the Lone Ranger in film as long as I live....Clayton Moore!! RIP we love ya Mr. Upchurch!!

Posted by Sheri Johnson-Ross - Mayslick, KY   January 12, 2017

David was a great Brother and leader in Freemasonry and an outstanding member of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite. He led by example and always was there to support his Brothers. A Mason's Mason, he will be dearly missed.

Posted by Todd McIntosh - cincinnati, OH - Brother   January 12, 2017

Oh how I loved being in your class back in the day in the good ol' Delhi Jr. High years. Great memories of you. You were top notch and funny to boot! God bless you and your family Mr. Upchurch.

Posted by Jennifer Gabrelski - Cincinnati, OH   January 12, 2017

David was a great teacher and coach. But he was a better friend. We taught side by side for 7 years, spent several summers as GTH Painting, and played lots of softball. I will always hold fond memories of the times we shared. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. May God give you comfort and peace.

Bob Thiess

Posted by A friend   January 12, 2017

David was a great friend and was the best man at my wedding. We had a great time together in high school and while going to college. He will be missed by all. My prayers are with his family.

Posted by Ed Courtney - Hiram, GA - Friend   January 12, 2017

"Church" you'll be missed by many. Thanks for all the times you chose to tease me. You made hard times easier with your wit and smile. RIP.

Posted by Lynne Seaburn - Cincinnati, OH   January 12, 2017

Our most favorite teacher EVERRRRR! Year 1978-1979 first bell history class Delhi Jr High. :) Thanks for starting our day with fun learning and cracking up! Still talk about the good memories and the handwriting cramps we would get after taking the never ending essay tests. (multiple choice tests never an option). So blessed to have kept in touch throughout all these years with my fav. Bobby B says thanks for all the great memories playing softball, football, golf trips, etc etc. Always making us smile. You will be forever in our hearts. Love you.......!!!!!!

Posted by Mary Dibert-Braun - Cleves, OH   January 12, 2017

Dave was an amazing, caring and loyal man. He will be missed by many. The contributions he has made to education, the thousands of students and anyone else who has crossed his path will be felt for a very long time. RIP Dave.

Posted by Chad Ryan - Orlando, FL   January 12, 2017

Best teacher ever! Mr. Upchurch always made learning fun. He never forgot a student...ran into him over the years and he never hesitated to stop and have a conversation. So sad to hear of his passing. Sending prayers to his family.

Posted by Debbie (Jennison) Hunter - Cincinnati, OH   January 12, 2017

Delores and family, so many memories of this great guy. Dave affected the lives of so many through his love of learning, history, athletics, and friendship. Will always remember that warm smile and great laugh. May you all be comforted with the love of family and friends. Dave will surround you with his love and someday be reunited with the family and friends he loved.

Posted by Bev (Stoneking) Hildreth - Charleston, SC   January 12, 2017

David was a really good teacher, a good coach, and a loyal employee. I enjoyed working the David and considered him a good friend.

Posted by Jack Schulte - Cincinnati, OH - Friend   January 11, 2017

The best friend anyone could ever ask for. Love you brother.

Posted by Jeff Cady - North Bend, OH - Family Friend   January 11, 2017

We are saddened to hear of Dave's passing.
As a child the Upchurch family attended St.Andrews church in Addyston with us.
I remember Dave had a 'Hot Rod Maverick' we all thought he was so cool! (Dave thought he was cool too!) He was a really great guy and will be missed by all!
Our prayers are with the family,
Shawn,Quana,Hannah and Hayley Curtis

Posted by Shawn Curtis - Addyston/Colerain, OH - Friend   January 11, 2017

So sorry to hear of the passing of coach Upchurch. My prayers go to his friends and family members. I loved him as a teacher and a mentor. I will miss him dearly.

Posted by Greg Peak - Student   January 11, 2017

Dave was one of my closest friends during middle school and high school. When we were 17, Dave and I travelled together to Nashville, Tennessee for a two day excursion to visit The Hermitage, home of Andrew Jackson and the Nashville replica of the Athenian Parthenon. Earlier in eighth grade Dave and I began a silly infatuation with the word 'Lord'. When we suffered a substitute teacher in history class, we signed our test papers this way: (he)) Lord David Grant Upchurch and (me) Lord Kenneth Hart Peterson. The substitute teacher was not amused, but our classmates were. Dave and I played many games of 'horse' on the Three Rivers and Taylor High basketball courts. We had overnighters at each others houses. Dave was my son Kenny's Middle School Principal at Rapid Run Middle School. There is so much more, but I'll keep it in my heart. RIP my long time friend.

Posted by Kenneth Peterson - Cincinnati, OH - Friend   January 11, 2017