Mary Frances Cupps (Upton) May

Mary Frances Cupps (Upton) May, 82, of Dora passed away Sunday, October 10, 2021, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born on February 2, 1939, in Empire the oldest daughter of D.D. and Beulah Cupps’s twelve children. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Robert Cupps, Cecil Cupps, William “Cooter” Cupps, Roger Cupps, Roy Cupps, Johnny Cupps, Charles “Bodie” Cupps and Gary Cupps; sisters, Shelby Gunter and Martha Reed; husband, Roland May; and father of her children, Lacy D. Upton.
Mary was a licensed practical nurse for 20 years at Shadescrest Nursing and Rehab Facility in Jasper, where she trained and mentored several nurses and certified nursing assistants who would later care for Mrs. May in her last days. The joys of her life were her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Mary is survived by her children, Russell (Renea) Upton, Sharon (Johnny)Black and Susan (Jay) Robinson; grandchildren, Summer Upton, Sunny (Jason) Dyke, Tyler (Cynthia) Upton, Jon (Ashley) Black, Josiah (Rachel) Robinson, Isaac (Kaitlyn) Robinson, Asa Robinson and Zane Robinson; great-grandchildren, Jad Dyke, James Upton, Parx Dyke, Millie Upton and Naomi Robinson; beloved brother, Stanley Cupps; sisters-in-law, Anita Cupps and Melissa Cupps Landrum; and a special host of nieces, nephews and many other family and friends who will dearly miss her.
Visitation and funeral services will be held at Bell Funeral Home in Sumiton  Tuesday, October 12, with visitation beginning at 10 a.m. and the funeral service beginning at 11 a.m. Burial will follow at Shanghi Cemetery in Quinton.

Mrs. May’s grandsons have the special honor of serving as her pallbearers.
The family extends their deepest appreciation and gratitude to the nursing staff and administrators of Shadescrest Nursing and Rehab for their exceptional compassion and care for their mother for the last four years of her life.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Mary May’s honor to the Lewy Body Dementia Resource Center (

Bell Funeral Home, Sumiton; 205-648-6611