Tressie Lee Fomby Upshaw

August 28, 1935 – May 24, 2021

On August 28, 1935 in the small village of Shiloh in Union Parish the youngest child of William Jesse and Bertha Lee Tabor Fomby came into the world. They named her Tressie Lee Fomby. Dr. Colvin told her mother, “This will be the one that will take care of you when you are old.” That was what she did.

She was born during the Great Depression, went to a one room school, watched her brothers go to war and mourned for the one who did not come back. Her oldest sister showed her that a woman can also fight by joining the Waves during war. Tressie taught herself to drive out of necessity and even drove herself to the hospital for the birth of her first child, while her husband served his country.

Tressie married Frank Upshaw on July 28, 1953 and for the next 53 years they were always together. She was a military wife for a few years, living in El Paso, Texas and Pennsylvania. They settled in Farmerville and worked as a team in the grocery business. They eventfully moved to Alexandria, La. and opened Upshaw Grocery. After their retirement they worked in their flower garden, enjoyed their grandchildren and went everywhere together. She loved her flowers, dogs and cats, piano music and decorating her house for holidays. While she didn’t much enjoy it, she was a great cook. What she loved the most were her grandchildren. 

Above all else, she was the mother of her son, Mike and wife Debi Upshaw, and her daughter Debbie Upshaw, all of Alexandria; the grandmother of Jacob and wife Sarah Upshaw of  Dallas, Texas, and Hannah and husband Nicholas Bustamante of Ruston; and the great grandmother of Gabriel Upshaw, Jasper Bustamante and Evangeline Upshaw. She also leaves her brother-in-law Wayne and Sue Upshaw of Monroe and three sisters-in-law, Lovie Fomby of Monroe, Twyla Upshaw of Ruston and Joyce Upshaw of Monroe and several nieces and nephews.  

Waiting for her in heaven are her husband, her parents, four brothers, Jesse Marvin Fomby, William Lee Fomby, Robert Laurance Fomby and James Wilson Fomby, and three sisters, Mary Beatrice Fleisher, Doris Marie Crowell and Evelyn Aline Moore.

Tressie went to heaven on May 24, 2021 at Alexandria. Funeral services will be held on Friday at Hixson Funeral Home in Alexandria. Interment will be at Greenwood Memorial Garden in Pineville after the service.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to the Central Louisiana Hospital Cemetery Preservation, BARK or a charity of your choice.

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