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Joseph T. Middleton

August 24, 1913 - December 23, 2009

SMYRNA, Tenn. – Joe Tracy Middleton, 96, of Smyrna, Tenn. died at 9:45 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2009, at Memorial Medical Center.

He was born Aug. 24, 1913, in Iuka, the son of Harry and Clara Martin Middleton. He married Verba Myrle Spickard on June 3, 1934; she preceded him in death on Aug. 11, 2006. He was also preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by a son, Jim (Gloria) Middleton, Sr. of Springfield; two grandchildren, Jim (Cherry) Middleton Jr. of Springfield and Lynn (Brian) Romanotto of Dawson; three great-grandchildren, Jimmy Middleton III and Alisha and Brian Romanotto Jr.; a great-great-grandson, Peyton James Middleton; two brothers, Wilfred (Muriel) Middleton of Troy Ala. and Gene (Loretta) Middleton of Lakeland, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews.

Joe lived in Smyrna, Tenn. for 39 years. He was a federal meat inspector. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Smyrna, Tenn.

Visitation will be held from 5 p.m. until the time of funeral services at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 28, 2009, at Staab Funeral Home, with Pastor Bennie Fisher officiating. Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2009, at Lake View Memorial Cemetery in Swansea.

Memorials may be made to Eastview Baptist Church, 2277 East Black, Springfield, IL 62702.

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