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1010 S. White Street
P.O. Box 99
ATHENS, TN 37371-0099
Phone: 423-745-3013
Fax: 423-745-7733
John Middleton

John Lee Middleton Jr.

Monday, December 21st, 1931 - Saturday, March 9th, 2019
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John Lee Middleton, Jr, of Englewood, died Saturday morning, March 9, 2019 at his residence.
He was a lifelong resident of McMinn County and was a son of the late John Lee, Sr and Reba Hicks Middleton. He was also preceded in death by a son John Lee Middleton, III, and a brother Robert H. Middleton.
He was a lifelong member of Englewood United Methodist Church and was a Lay delegate to the Holston Conference of the United Methodist Churches. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War.
He was a member of Manilla Lodge #633 F&AM of Englewood, he was a 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Mason, Scottish Rite Consistory, and the Alhambra Shrine of Chattanooga. He was a charter member of Eastern Star #491 of Englewood, and was presently serving as Grand Chaplain of the Eastern Star of Tennessee. He was a 50 year member of The Englewood Lions Club, and also a member of VFW Post #5146 Athens.
He was coordinator of the Englewood Good Will workers and president of McMinn Farmers Insurance. He was retired from Dupont Corp. in Chattanooga after 27 years of service as a machinist. He was also an entrepreneur and investor.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Della Sue Harris Middleton of Englewood; two daughters, Tenna M. Hornsby of Chattanooga, and Denna Middleton and her fiancee Steve Drummand of Knoxville; one granddaughter, Suzanne Dena Hornsby; two grandsons, Samuel John Hornsby and James Robert Hornsby; two sisters and one brother-in-law Dorothy (Dot) Hampton of Turtletown and Ann and Glenn Perrine of Englewood; one brother and sister-in-law, Jimmy and Ouida Middleton of Englewood; and several nieces and nephews.
A funeral service will be conducted 7:00 pm, Monday, March 11, 2019 in the chapel of Smith Funeral Home with Rev. John Oldham and Rev. David Graybeal officiating. The committal service will be 11:00 am, Tuesday at Sunrise Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 4:00-6:30 pm at the funeral home on Monday with a Masonic service and Eastern Star Service to follow.
Pallbearers will be Samuel Hornsby, James Hornsby, Todd Harris, Roger Hampton, Al Middleton, Daniel Vincent, Jason Vincent, and Ben Michael. Honorary pallbearers will be the Young Adult Sunday school class at Englewood United Methodist Church, Kenny Dickson and Robert Saffles.
The family suggests memorials be made to Englewood United Methodist Church, 14 South Niota Road, Englewood, TN 37329; or The Manilla Lodge #633 of Englewood, Hwy 39 West, Englewood, TN 37329.
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  • Visitation

    Monday, March 11th, 2019 | 4:00pm - 6:30pm
    Monday, March 11th, 2019 4:00pm - 6:30pm
    Smith Funeral & Cremation Service of Athens
    1010 S. White Street
    ATHENS, TN 37303
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    A Masonic Service and Eastern Star Service to follow.
  • Service

    Monday, March 11th, 2019 | 7:00pm
    Monday, March 11th, 2019 7:00pm
    Smith Funeral Home
    1010 South White Street
    ATHENS, TN 37303
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  • Interment

    Sunrise Cemetery
    County Road 430
    ENGLEWOOD, TN 37329
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    11:00 am Tuesday, March 12th


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Linda Johnson

Posted at 10:16am
So sorry for your great loss! May God's great love comfort you. Prayers. Lee Roy & Linda Johnson

Catheryn Womac

Posted at 08:44am
With my sincere sympathy to your family.

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Dana Alverson

Posted at 05:21pm
I always remember his smiling face at church. I can honestly say, I don't remember ever seeing him when he didn't have a smile on his face. He would come in the store in his overalls with this big laugh and before you know it everyone in there was laughing or at least smiling. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and friend. Mike and I send you lots of love and hugs!! He will be missed!!

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Tony and Jessica Burris Baker

Posted at 09:14am
Our sincere condolences go out to you all. I will never forget sitting next to Johnny in church and him drawing on my hand many many times when I would visit with my grandparents, Albert and Ruth Jenkins. He was always so kind and will be missed dearly! Tony and Jessica Burris Baker

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