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Terry Upton, a longtime city judge and former magistrate for the city of Philippi, died Jan. 30. He was 69.

Upton was very active in the Philippi community, serving not only as a city judge and magistrate but also as the city's utility clerk, a police officer and a long-time member of the Philippi Volunteer Fire Department. In addition to working for the city, Upton worked for the FBI from 1994-2005 and received the Director's Humanitarian Award in 2005, according to his obituary published in The Exponent Telegram in Clarksburg.

The obituary said Upton also worked as administrative assistant for Bruce Mining, Barbour Coal Co. and McCoy Brothers, and also office clerk for Medallion Restaurant.

Upton graduated from Philippi High School and earned a bachelor's degree in business from Alderson-Broaddus College. He joined the Philippi Volunteer Fire Department in 1964, served as its president in 1980 and currently served as its treasurer.

A history buff, Upton enjoyed reading about Civil War and World War II history. He also served on the Barbour County Democratic Executive Committee.

He was a member of Philippi United Methodist Church and enjoyed singing in the choir.

Upton was born February 22, 1943, in Barbour County to the late Darl and Madelyn (Bennett) Upton. He is survived by one niece, Kim Nelson and husband John of Charlotte, NC; two nephews, Mark Payne, Todd Payne and wife Traci, both of Hodgesville; great-niece, Haley Jeffers; great-nephews, Justin Jeffers, Cameron Payne, Cole Payne and Derek Payne; and great-great-nephew, Jace Able Jeffers.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Judith Ann Payne, and one brother, Darl Eugene Upton.