William “Bill” Thurman Gupton, age 71, passed away at his home in Glendon on Tuesday, December 29, 2020. 

Born in Moore County on December 19, 1949, he was a son of the late Thurman and Nell Mashburn Gupton. 

Bill was a graduate of North Carolina State University and was Vice President of Steel & Pipe in Sanford. 

He is survived by two sisters: Jean (Edward) Daniels of Smithfield, VA and Nelda Gaye Gupton of Glendon, NC; many nieces, nephews and friends. 

A graveside service will be on Saturday, January 2, 2020 at 1 PM at Glendon Independent Christian Church with Rev. Michael Fox officiating. 

The body will lie in state at Fry & Prickett Funeral Home on Friday from 1:00 – 5:00 PM. 

Online condolences may be offered at www.PinesFunerals.com. 

Fry & Prickett Funeral Home is honored to serve the Gupton family.

Memories Timeline


  1. Stephen,Sherrie & Kaylee Murphy. Best uncle anyone could ever have. Taught me how to drive a 5-speed in his old white Toyota truck and we would all enjoy the marathon basketball game at the Murphy arena. We will miss you so much. We love you. ❤️

  2. I’ve known Bill for several years. He always had a smile on his face and we always had good conversation. I really enjoyed working with Bill. He was a very intelligent and smart man. Prayers for the family God bless

  3. In my short time working with Bill I felt I knew him for many years. I had the pleasure of of working very close to Bill and considered him my mentor. He was always willing to stop what he was doing to answer any question I had and help me out. For that I am forever grateful. Bill was a smart, intelligent, and humble man. He was the first person I saw every morning and the last person I saw when we left work. He always had a smile on his face and asked me how I was doing…every single day. I’m so honored I got to know him as much as I did. I just wish I got to hear more stories and learn more from him. He will truly be missed by a lot of people. Rest In Peace to a wonderful man. God Bless his family. My prayers go out to them. Bill T. Gupton will never be forgotten!

  4. Nelda Gay So sorry to hear about Bill`s passing. I have not seen him in years. Hope you and the rest of your family are doing ok. You all are in our thoughts and Prayers, and I hope to see you soon.
    Love, Ricky and Gail Fox Smith

  5. I was so sorry to hear about Bill! He was a true gentleman and professional! I have known him for over ten years. I began calling on him and his company as a vendor in 2010. He always treated me with total respect. We became much more than customer-vendor; WE BECAME FRIENDS! I will miss him greatly.

    My thoughts and prayers go out to his family. May God Bless You!

  6. I am so very sorry to hear about Bill! I will miss him greatly! I began calling on Bill and Steel and Pipe Corporation about 10 years ago as a vendor. He treated me with the upmost respect. Over time we became much more than customer-vendor, we became friends.

    My thoughts and prayers go out to his family! May God Bless You!

  7. Sadly this book has come to a close, no more stories, lessons, memories or jokes. Bill was old school, humble and really wise. I’ve had the pleasure of working with him at Steel & Pipe Corporation this past couple years. If you had a question he had an answer or knew how and where to get it, hopefully a trait I can steal from him. Even though he was the VP he drove a regular pickup, shared the same office floor and most importantly asked about your day and really listen to you whether you were a newbie or have been at the plant for decades which was another admirable feature. Often soft spoken and willing to help you every once in a while he would throw a jab or two to keep you on your toes he’s way of keeping you guessing. Bill my friend you will be missed.

  8. Bill was so pleasant, always a genuine uplifting spirit. He was always glad to see you.

    We met him on our first Steel job and he was a pleasure to know. He would answer any question and really encouraged us along.

    Thank you Mr. Bill Gupton! Prayers of comfort to the family

  9. Bill was the first person I spoke with several years ago about subcontracting with Steel & Pipe. From our first conversation my respect for Bill continued to grow, and I am so grateful to have known him. I will miss him

  10. Bill has always been regarded as the nicest person in the construction industry. Our working relationship spans 40+ years. Although we only got to see each other face to face a few times a year we spoke on the phone daily. His vast knowledge of the steel industry and his ease and comfort in working with clients and subcontractors was such an asset to Steel & Pipe Corp. Bill will be greatly missed by all that knew him as well as those that had the privilege of working side by side with him.
    Rest in peace my good friend.

  11. Known Bill for a relatively short time. Enjoyed working with him on the projects we shared.
    Pleasant soul and always tried to help resolve whatever the issue was and at times was not his to resolve.
    Will miss his wit. Prayers to the family and friends.
    On behalf of Thomas Construction Group please accept our deepest sympathy and prayers.

  12. Bill was a kind and patient person. He was always willing help out. He was a friend and mentor to many. He will truly be missed.

  13. A sad day indeed. I just came from the funeral of one of the nicest men I’ve ever known. I had worked with Bill a little over three years and never, in all that time, have I ever heard him get angry or raise his voice to anyone.

    Soft spoken and yet he was also a true supporter of the “underdog”.

    You will be missed Bill. Steel and Pipe will not be the same without you.

  14. A sad day indeed. I just came from the funeral of one of the nicest men I have ever known. I had worked with Bill a little over three years, and in all that time I have never heard him get angry or raise his voice with anyone.

    Soft spoken and humble, he was a true supporter of the “underdog.”

    It will not be the same without you at Steel and Pipe Bill. You will be missed!

  15. Susan,

    You got that right me not knowing anything about Steel when I started working at Steel & Pipe one and a half years ago he made me me feel so welcome everyday and loved to help me and learn, because he knew I was young and wanted to learn! I’m so grateful for that opportunity he gave me and the time he spent teaching me and not getting frustrated haha!!

    I know you will miss helping him with his SOV and CO’s!!!

    The engineering room with not be the same with out him!!!!

  16. Bill will certainly be in Heaven. He will be known as The Steel Guy up there. He will be missed greatly. Larry & Judy Weaver.

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