Jan Upchurch Silver

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Jan Upchurch Silver

October 12, 1946 ~ January 30, 2024 (age 77)


It seems insufficient to summarize a person’s life in a few short paragraphs – a lifetime of love, thoughts, feelings, hopes, dreams, passions, heartbreaks, aspirations and experiences. But life is a summary of love and loss.


Jan Silver was born on October 12, 1946 to Millard Charles (Skeeter) Upchurch and Esther Ward Upchurch. Jan is survived by her daughter, LeAnne Silver, LeAnne’s fiancé, Keith Bartholomew, grandson, Christopher Jonathan Barth, his wife, Nikki Barth, great-granddaughter, Lilly (Ali) Barth and great-grandsons, Julian Sanders and Elliott Sanders. She also leaves behind her siblings, Tanya Nix, Susan Hogg, Grant Upchurch, Julia Hill, Mark Upchurch and their spouses as well as many, loved nieces and nephews.


She is preceded in death by her parents, Skeeter and Esther Upchurch, her brothers, Chuck and Ward Upchurch, her nephew Tripp Hogg and her beloved son, George Addison Silver, V., whose tragic death shattered her heart.


Jan was in the first graduating class of Jordan High School in Durham, NC. She graduated with honors from Guilford College in commercial art. She also graduated with top honors from Durham Tech in Computer Programing, had the highest grades in nursing school, and graduated with top honors from Alamance Community College, where she completed broker courses.


Jan was a hard worker from a very early age, working on her parent’s farm in Durham County. Jan enjoyed good food, collecting recipes, and writing. She created many recipe books for her family to enjoy and she loved sharing a meal with family. Jan loved to travel. She spent many weekends camping with her children at Kerr Lake or finding new areas to explore. She loved finding treasures of antiques and restoring and refinishing furniture. Jan was dedicated to her family. One of the happiest days of her life was watching the birth of her only grandson, Christopher Jonathan Barth, whom she adored.


Jan loved God, studied his word, often teaching her children- reading to them in the evening for hours. Jan was a humble person. She listened with a loving heart. She felt compassion for people in need and often had conversations with strangers. She was kind to animals, often taking in strays. Her family still enjoys talking about the Christmas that she found the neighbors half frozen rooster and coaxed it into a dogbox to bring into her kitchen so that it could warm up. A song was later written about the incident.


In the last four years, Jan suffered several strokes, but received excellent care from UNC Hospital/Rehabilitation Center, both as an inpatient and outpatient. In the final year, she was weakened by strokes and eventually bedridden. Her daughter and grandson cared for her at home during this time. She will always live in the hearts and minds of her loved ones. Her legacy is love and her family will always remember and miss her.

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