Nathaniel Upshur, affectionately known as “Nat” or “Skeeter,” was born on October 1, 1958 to Mary Williams and the late Rufus Williams. “Nat” transitioned from this earthly life to his heavenly home on Wednesday, September 30, 2020 at Riverside Regional Medical Center in Newport News, Virginia with his family at his side.
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“Nat” knew no stranger and his smile was infectious, even in pain. You would never know his pain because his smile overtook whatever he had going on when you saw him.
After receiving his formal education in the public schools of Northampton County, he began working on the farm. At the age of nineteen, he began his longtime career as a truck driver. “Nat” loved being on the road and loved sharing his experiences with family and friends. He took pride in sharing those stories until he was unable to speak anymore. He was blessed to have been employed by CJ Prettyman, Perry Butler, Ray Newman, the late Robert Scott, and most recently, Sturgis Farms. “Nat” was loved and adored, and he was just like family at Sturgis Farms.
“Nat” had a passion for eighteen wheelers and cars. No matter what, you would always see him in a clean vehicle with his tires “licked” as he and his little brother would say after cleaning his car.
“Nat” was a true, die-hard Dallas Cowboys fan. He was committed to his team, win or lose. “Nat” adored his family and was a protective and responsible son, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and cousin. There was not a time he didn’t tell his family members he loved them.
“Nat” was preceded in death by his father, Rufus Williams; son, Derrick Robinson; and his siblings, Ivan and Phyllis Fitchett.
He leaves this life, but his spirit will forever be cherished by his mother, Mary E. Williams; special friend, Angel Collins; children, LaNettiyen, Tremayne, Marshetta, ShaQuana (Edward), Wayne, Antoinette, Xavier, Travonte, Shakeia, and Tykesha; twenty grandchildren; two great-grandchildren and one more on the way; siblings, James, Ellen, Patricia, Lillian, Laura, and Chester; three friends he loved like brothers, Donnie Collins, Jaspery Jones, Sr., and Roy Webb; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, and friends.