BLAKELY -- Walter Garland Middleton, 85, of 730 Southside Drive, Blakely, Ga., died Monday evening, January 7, 2013 at the Pioneer Community Hospital of Early, Blakely, Ga. His funeral will be held Thursday morning, January 10, 2013, at 11:00 AM at Southside Baptist Church with Rev. Rick Smith officiating. Mr. Middleton's grandson, Rev. Jared Middleton will be officiating the committal service at Pine Lawn Gardens after the church service. Mr. Middleton's 4 grandsons will serve as pallbearers: Jared, Justin, Jonathan and Joseph Middleton. The family will receive friends at the residence on Southside Drive Tuesday and Wednesday.
Mr. Middleton was born in Miller County, Ga. on August 23, 1927 to the late Rufus and Obie Sheffield Middleton. He was a self-employed business man, a charter member of Southside Baptist Church where he served as a Deacon, Sunday School Superintendent, Sunday School teacher and Church Treasurer. He was a U. S. Navy Veteran of WWII, a member of the American Legion, the Magnolia Lodge # 86 in Blakely, Ga. and a member of the Hasan Shrine Temple of Albany, Ga. In lieu of flowers the family suggests that contributions be made to either the Building Fund of Southside Baptist Church, P. O. Box 644, Blakely, Ga. 39823, Gentiva Hospice, 432 E. Shotwell St., Bainbridge, Ga. 39817 or to a charity of your choice.
Mr. Middleton is survived by his wife, Martha Gene George Middleton of Blakely, 4 sons: Wayne Middleton & his wife Sherry of Blakely, Mike Middleton and his wife, the Rev. Betty Middleton of Eufaula, Al., Richard M. Middleton of Blakely and Robin Middleton and his wife Julie of The Woodlands, Texas. He has one brother, Emory Hays Middleton & his wife Katie of Albany, Ga. There are seven grandchildren: Christy Lee Still (Nick) of Denver, CO., Rebecca Chandler (Darrell) of Lithia Springs, Ga., Justin Wayne Middleton (Bree) of Augusta, Ga., Jonathan Michael Middleton (Jackie) of Auburn, Al., Rev. Jared Daniel Middleton (Robin) of Dublin, Ga., Joseph David Middleton (Jennifer) of Sterrett, Al. and Sara Elizabeth Middleton of Upland, CA. There are also 10 great grandchildren: Gabriel, Dan and Ella Chandler- Lithia Springs, Ga., Caleb & Jesse Middleton- Dublin, Ga., Dane & Reid Still - Denver, CO., Asher Middleton- Augusta, Ga., Molly Kate Middleton- Auburn, Al. and Charlotte Ann Middleton - Sterrett, Al.
Manry-Jordan-Hodges Funeral Home