Harry Delano Middleton, 84 – The Inside Diary
Harry Delano Middleton, 84, died of this earthly life on January 31, 2022, at his home in Nashville, Tennessee.
Harry Middleton was born in Lincoln County, Kentucky to Chad and Maude Smith Middleton on March 22, 1937. He graduated from Crab Orchard High School in Crab Orchard, Kentucky. On September 28, 1957, he married Geraldine Killen at the home of Basil and Marge Overton in Richmond, Kentucky. He is a graduate of Eastern Kentucky College, BS, Middle Tennessee State University, MEd, and Tennessee State University, EdS and EdD. He has worked for many years in the field of education as a teacher, coach, assistant principal, principal and director. He enjoyed teaching young students, coaching young athletes, and mentoring teachers in places like Rockbridge County, Virginia, Pulaski County, Kentucky, Garrard County, Kentucky, Louisville, Kentucky, Ezell-Harding Christian School, Nashville Christian School, and Nashville Metropolitan Public Schools. .
He was a firm believer in Christian education. He longed for his children to attend a school where the Holy Word of God was taught daily in every classroom. His dream came true when he and Geraldine were invited to move to Nashville and be part of the early Ezell-Harding Christian School. Providence of God.
He served two years in the United States Army at Fort Knox, Kentucky.
Growing up, he was an accomplished and renowned athlete in his region. In 1951, he set a basketball court record for longest shot taken in a game at Kentucky State, a record that stood for several years. In 1955, he was named county athlete of the year for his spectacular performances in basketball and baseball. His basketball skills won him a scholarship to Union College, Barbourville, Kentucky. When he wasn’t playing sports, he worked in his father’s sawmill, hard work that served as an off-season conditioning and may have fueled his talent in woodworking. He ended up teaching industrial arts in high school and building beautiful cherry furniture for his family. He liked to learn. He loved to teach. God blessed him with skills and talents for both, and he used the gifts God gave him.
His true passion was to preach the gospel. He diligently sought out new and innovative ways to share the gospel message. The Lord provided him with many opportunities and led him to people who wanted to hear and other Christians who wanted to work alongside him to share God’s message of salvation. In 1968, while attending the Nashville School of Preaching, he began preaching at Keysburg Church of Christ in Logan County, Kentucky, and later at Maple Avenue Church of Christ in Lancaster, Kentucky. He has served as a preacher in several congregations in and around the Nashville area – Burnette Chapel, Joywood, Hills Chapel, New Hope Road, College Grove, and Lebanon Road Church of Christ. He preached numerous gospel meetings across the United States, enrolled tens of thousands of Bible correspondence students, ran a weekly radio program, and taught adult Bible classes at the Great Commission School. . In 1985 he and his wife began several missionary efforts in places like Jamaica, Trinidad, Tobago, Singapore, Malaysia, India and Romania.
He inspired his family and friends to greater service and knowledge in the kingdom of the Lord. He inspired people with his energy, enthusiasm, determination, wit and laughter.
Harry Middleton is predeceased by his parents, and by his brothers, Chad Middleton, Jr, and Gene Middleton.
He is survived by his faithful and devoted wife of 64 years, Geraldine Killen Middleton; daughter, Tena Middleton Starling (John); son, Michael D. Middleton (Heavenly); sister, Lucille Hammons; sister, Elizabeth Ann Adams; 6 grandchildren, Killen Middleton (Jessica), Cassie Anne Starling, Ivey Starling, Alexa Middleton, Oakley Starling and Darcey Starling, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
A visitation time with the family is at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, February 8, 2022, at Woodbine Funeral Home, Hickory Chapel, 5852 Nolensville Road. Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, February 8, 2022, at Woodbine Funeral Home, Hickory Chapel, officiated by Michael D. Middleton and John Starling. Interment will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery, Louie Hammons.
The carriers will be his grandchildren. He carried each with love. He supported everyone in all their endeavors. He encouraged everyone in good and bad. They did the same for him now, and they will miss him dearly.
Briefs can be submitted to:
– World Bible Study, Correspondence Bible Course
Nashville, Tennessee 37204
– Romania Evangelism, Median Church of Christ
Madison, AL 35758