Floyd Wilbert Middleton Sr.

Published 6:16 pm Friday, November 17, 2017

Floyd Wilbert Middleton Sr. was born Jan. 23, 1941 and passed on to his heavenly reward on Nov. 13, 2017. Visitation was held on Friday, Nov. 17, 2017 at the chapel of Carter Rice & West Funeral Home, 10 Chalet Drive, Greenville, AL from 4 to 7 p.m. Funeral service will be held on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017 at St Paul Missionary Baptist Church, 207 Bolling Street, Greenville, AL starting at 11 a.m.  Burial will be on Monday, Nov. 20, 2017 at Alabama National Cemetery, Montevallo, AL at 9:30 a.m. with Carter Rice & West Funeral Home directing.

Floyd was the third child, second son born to Ilene Betton and Hugo Clexton Middleton. He attended elementary school in Greenville and secondary schools in Evergreen Alabama & Brooklyn, N.Y. He enlisted in the U.S. army as a teenager, and serving both stateside & abroad for 20 years, was an early participant in the Vietnam War, therein sustaining service related injury. He then moved to Pensacola Florida where he worked first for the Naval Air Station and finally the US postal service, until retirement. He married Katie McClaney who, sharing his military life & travels, had three children born (Floyd Jr, Clexton and Cyrena). A devoted, loving father, he was caring & especially conscientious towards all his children.

Floyd lost his mother at age 11; raised thereafter by his grandparents Eloise & Solomon Betton, he became very close to them & fiercely protective of his siblings, especially his sisters. He was relied upon, considered a patriarch to his siblings and their children (of special note, was his extended “protection & hands on parenting to his disabled sister (Flora’s) children who regard him in a special, fatherly way). His nieces and nephews across the country all speak warmly & sweetly of their relationship with “Uncle Floyd”.

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Floyd was a friendly man who was known to most everyone in Greenville; he loved everyone, was generous & charitable to a fault to both friends and family and brought joviality and a sunny atmosphere wherever he went. Floyd was predeceased by siblings Otis Price, Jelene Bozeman, Flora Parmer and Mable Holmes and is survived by siblings Joe C Middleton Sr. and Julia Virginia Thomas. He was a loving, devoted father and grandfather and leaves so many to mourn his departure from this earth; wife (mother of his children) Katie Middleton; daughter Cyrena who held his heart captive (Dallas Texas); sons, Floyd W. Middleton Jr. & Clexton J. Middleton (Pensacola); Kenneth J. Roper & Johnny E Nix (Greenville); grandchildren: Janiecia (Floyd Jr); Ethan, Evan, Ellison (Clexton); Dominique N.”Shay” (Kenneth); Johnny II., Deirdre D. (Johnny Sr); nephews & nieces: Joe C. Jr, William S., Sheryl B, Sandra E, Curtis C. (Joe Sr); David, Henry, Ilene, (Jelene); Keisha, Karl, Kenneth, Kimberly (Flora); Donald C., Carlos, Bertina, Maurice, Wynton (Mable); Sharah, Niku, Kina, Garen (Virginia). In addition to his heart-broken family, Floyd leaves behind a host of cousins & friends who adored him and will forever miss him.