Originally created 09/12/99

Mr. James Middleton



JACKSON, Miss. -- Mr. James L. Middleton, of 726 Woodacre Road, died Thursday, Sept. 9, 1999, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.

The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Central United Methodist Church with the Rev. E.A. Brown officiating. Burial will be in Sunset Memorial Gardens, Jackson.

Mr. Middleton, a native of Vicksburg, had retired from the Army as a captain and was a veteran of World War II. He commanded the 386th Transportation Army Reserve Company of Vicksburg in reserve and active duty. He had also retired from Middleton's Civil Process Service. He attended the Tuskegee Institute, Alabama, the Radio Television Institute, New York, and Jackson State University, Jackson. He taught at Prentiss Institute and Jim Hill High School and was sworn in as the first black U.S. Deputy Marshall since reconstruction. He was a member of Central United Methodist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Mable P. Middleton; five sons, James Middleton Jr., Victor Middleton and Eldridge Middleton, all of Jackson, and Phillip Pittman and Freggie Pittman, both of Houston; four daughters, Leontyne Middleton, St. Petersburg, Fla., Georgia Redmond and Gwen Flowers, both of Jackson, and Paula Pittman, Houston; three brothers, Henry Middleton, Vicksburg, Eddie Middleton, Kansas City, Kan., and Lawyer Atkins, Atlanta; and three sisters, Rosie M. Durman, Vicksburg, Lillie M. Johnson, Augusta, and Bertha Atkins, Atlanta.

Pallbearers will be members of an Army honor guard.

Friends may call at Peoples Funeral Home, Jackson, or C.A. Reid Sr. Memorial Funeral Home, Augusta.

The Augusta Chronicle Sept. 12, 1999