Brother James Middleton of 1007 McKenzie Ave. in Panama City, Fla., went home to be with the Lord on Friday, Feb. 13, 2009, at Bay Medical Center.
He was born to the late Clemon and Mary Middleton. He was one of 16 children (nine which preceded him in death.)
Brother Middleton was born in Lowndes County, Ala., and later moved to Panama City, Fla., where he worked for the City of Panama City until he retired.
He was known as a devoted and loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, cousin and friend.
He leaves to celebrate his life a devoted wife of 49 years, Annie Middleton; nine children: four sons, Lee Ernest Sigler of Selma, Ala., Walter Sigler and Frederick Middleton of Panama City, Fla., and Daniel (Marilyn) Deramus of Orlando, Fla.; five daughters, Dorothy Ann Middleton
(who preceded him in death), DeLois Sigler of Birmingham, Ala., Mary (Darerick Sr.) Polite, Patricia (Tim) Johnson and Dara Diane Johnson, all of Panama City, Fla.; 17 grandchildren, Stacy, Shonta (Kenny), Antonio Sr., Darrell, Daniel, Jonathan, Kwinton, Tamara, Vannecia, Nicole, Arrington, Kenisha, Kapri, Bau'Darerick, Tony Jr., Canyon and Darerick II;
six great-grandchildren, Aaron, Alexis, Alicia, Antonio II, Ja'Kobe and Christian; four brothers, Johnnie (Catherine) and Clarence, all of Miami, Fla., Roosevelt and Eddie, both of Panama City, Fla.; two sisters, Willie Nell Middleton of Birmingham, Ala., and Alberta (George Sr.) Collins of
Panama City, Fla.; godchildren, Ann (David) Ganzy, Donnell McNear; a loving and dedicated niece, Renee (Vernon) Collins and a host of other relatives and friends.
Funeral services was 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, at Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church, 715 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. with the Rev. Darrell Stanley, pastor, and Bishop Lonnie Mitchell officiating. He was laid to rest in the Redwood Cemetery in Panama City, Fla. under directions of
Christian Memorail Chapel of Graceville, Florida.