Herbert Davis Middleton III ’51

Herbert Davis Middleton III, 86, of Fort Mill, SC passed away January 17, 2016. Born April 10, 1929, at St. Peters Hospital, Charlotte, NC, he was the son of Herbert Davis Middleton Jr. and Ethel Jennette Middleton. He attended Charlotte schools, graduating from Central High School in 1947.

He received his Bachelor of Science Degree from Davidson College in 1951 where he was a member of Alpha Tau Omega social fraternity and Sigma Delta Pi scholastic fraternity. Mr. Middleton also attended American University graduate school.

After serving four years in the United States Air Force during the Korean War, he was employed by Southern Bell Telephone Company on the college training program.

After 32 years, he retired as N.C. District Engineer for the Transmission &; Maintenance Engineering group.

Mr. Middleton was preceded in death by his parents, grandson Austin Davis Grey and his brother Edwin Lee Middleton and sister-in-law Joan Watson Middleton.

Mr. Middleton is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Shirley Dobbins Middleton; his three children, Carol Middleton Palmgren and her husband Tom, Michael Davis Middleton and his wife Heather and Lynn Middleton Cole and her husband Tim; his grandchildren, Ian Middleton Smith, Ashley Rene Middleton, Zachary James Grey and Nathan Thomas Grey; and five step-grandchildren, Erik Palmgren, Philip Palmgren, Karl Palmgren, Brooke Cole and William Cole and his nephews Kevin Middleton and Jeff Middleton.

Mr. Middleton was a faithful member of Sharon Presbyterian Church for many years. One of his greatest pleasures in life was music; he enjoyed playing the piano from an early age. He enjoyed playing bridge at his church on every Thursday and was also a Red Cross volunteer for many years.

Mr. Middleton will be remembered as a devoted husband, father, grandfather, son, brother and son-in-law. He will be greatly missed by his family that loved him dearly.

A memorial service will be held at Sharon Presbyterian Church on Thursday, January 21, 2016, at 1:30 pm immediately followed by burial in the church cemetery. The family will receive guests after the service at the church.

Memorials may be made to Sharon Presbyterian Church, 5201 Sharon Road, Charlotte, NC 28210 or to Crisis Assistance Ministry, 500-A Spratt Street, Charlotte, NC 28206. Online condolences may be left at www.McEwenPinevilleChapel.com.

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