James Harold Middleton, the son of the late Isaac Middleton and Eva Middleton, was born on July 12, 1933 in Cottageville, South Carolina. He was baptized at the Old Mount Olive Baptist Church on Savage Street in Walterboro, SC.
Graveside Service will be held Saturday, March 6, 2021 at 3:30 p.m. at Cumberland United Methodist Church Cemetery, Ritter, South Carolina. Reverend Henry Ravenel, Pastor, and Reverend Wayne G. Carter, Eulogist. A public viewing will be held Friday, March 5, 2021 at Stephens-Maree-Stephens Funeral Home Chapel of Serenity from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
(THOSE ATTENDING THE GRAVESIDE SERVICE ARE REQUIRED TO WEAR A FACIAL MASK WITH SOCIAL DISTANCING.)
James received his formal education at Colleton Training School in Walterboro, SC. He went on to serve in the United States Navy, where he served in the Korean Conflict from 1951 to 1954. James received the National Defense Service Medal. He later worked and retired from the United States Postal Service in 1996. James believed that there were no shortcuts in life to being successful, that hard work was honorable, and that the man was the bread winner, and head of his household. He was joined in Holy Matrimony to the late Hessie Burgess Deal. This union lasted for more than 50 years until Hessie’s death in May 2013.
On March 1, 2021, god in His infinite wisdom, decided to call James Middleton home, a rest well deserved.
Those left to cherish the memories of his love and protection are his daughters, Betty Deal of Walterboro, south Carolina and Millicent Deal of Miami, Florida; his son, Joe Deal (Joann) of Patterson, New Jersey; 23 grand-children; a special acknowledgement to Nanette (Marlon) White, Terry (Sherrea) Elliott, Dr. Kelse (Dushawn) McKinley, Jade A. Deal, Bill (Lynn) Elliott, and Gwendolyn Elliott who brought such joy to Grandpa every time she came to see him or called him; a special thanks to Benjamin Siders for always being available when he needed him, and Aunt Ruth Siders for her never ending support; thank you Pastor and Mrs. Carter, Deacon and Deaconess Miller; also cousins Michell and Linda of Orangeburg, South Carolina; cousins Alberta Gilmore of Long Island, New York; Eva George of Orangeburg, South Carolina; and a host of nieces, nephews, and sorrowing friends.
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