OBITUARY

William Arthur Middleton

July 22, 1943November 24, 2018
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A memorial service for William Arthur Middleton, 75, will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 27, 2018, at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church. The family will receive friends from 2:00 until 2:45 p.m. and following the service at the church in the Gathering Hall. Dunbar Funeral Home, Dutch Fork Chapel is assisting the family. Mr. Middleton passed away Saturday, November 24, 2018. Born in Columbia, he was a son of the late Charles Connelly Middleton and Delle Inabinet Middleton. He was a graduate of Dreher High School and attended the University of South Carolina. He married Sheila Sargent on January 12, 1964 and in 1966, he joined the U.S. Army Reserves where he served for six years. He retired from the S.C. Highway Department as a civil engineer in 1994 after 31 years of dedicated service. Following his retirement, he was a consultant with Wilbur Smith Associates Inc. and Paul Rod. Bill was an avid Gamecock fan and talented drummer who played with the bands “Southbound” as well as “Remember When.” Mr. Middleton was a member of St. Andrews Presbyterian Church and a former member and deacon at Arsenal Hill & Faith Presbyterian. Bill was a “fix it” man who took great care of his family and others. Bill was a devoted father to his children and mentored the youth as a little league baseball coach at Seven Oaks Park. His wife, children, and grandchildren were his life. His love for all of them was unwavering. Surviving in addition to his wife, Sheila, are his children, Kim Easley (Steve), Todd Middleton, Kristie Cornelius (David); grandchildren, Shawn, Alex, and Cole Easley, and Kaleigh and Zachary Cornelius. He is also survived by four nieces and two nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother, Charles Middleton. Memorials may be made to St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, 6952 St. Andrews Road, Columbia, SC 29212.

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  • Memorial Service Tuesday, November 27, 2018
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William Arthur Middleton

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Alex Easley

February 9, 2019

I've been trying to think of a favorite memory but I realized that my memory of you is not forged by any single one. Its you driving us around on your tractor, letting us hammer the nails in, or not tanning our hides when we nearly burnt down your shed. Its listening to you play the drums, working in your yard as you played foreman, or building fires that seemed 100 feet high. You gave me childhood full of joy and wonder along with the realization that if there is something I want to do or something I want to be, all it takes is a little hard work and dedication. So thank you Grandpappy, for the memories and the lessons that make up the man I am today and the one I hope to be.

Sheila Middleton

February 3, 2019

One of my fondest memories was the night you proposed to me. We were sitting in my Comet outside Millwood Drug store and you got on your knees in the floor board of the passenger side and asked me to marry you. Of course I said yes and then the story began. We had so many wonderful trips together to all of the islands with wonderful friends and touring some of the United States. Learning how to ski with our old neighbors in the mountains of Tenn and NC was an experience in itself. You made my life wonderful and I really miss our times together.
I am thankful because of our faith that I will never have to say goodbye to you. I will see you again on the other side and can't wait until that day. I can only imagine how great it is for you up there. I love you now as much as ever and miss you more than any words could ever say. Take care sweetheart until we see each other again.

Kim Easley

February 2, 2019

Dad, there are so many great memories in my 52 years with you that I will always have.
You always telling me to slow down (never listened), helping me when I locked my keys in my car or ran out of gas, while at USC, and having to walk to the highway department to get your help once again. I’ll never forget that look...seriously again?? beach trips, Lincreek parties, you always being able to fix/ build just about anything, dancing at Nitelights after our wedding, dancing to you playing the drums “Brown Eyed Girl” will always make me think of you. My favorite memories and pictures are of you with Shawn, Alex, and Cole - all the tractor rides, building things in your shop, trips, birthdays...granddad time was priceless. Thanks for being the best dad for me and our family. I’m at peace knowing you are pain free and rid of that wheelchair bound body... but I miss you 😥❤️😇

Zachary Cornelius

February 1, 2019

Granddad, It's so hard to see you go... Life without you will be hard but I will make sure to always be by my Grandmother, my Mom, Todd, and Kim's side during this hard time. The one thing that me personally will never forget though was being able to walk in the house and first thing I'd do was go give you a hug and say that I loved you. During thanksgiving though, that was really amazing because you had that one last chance in front of the whole family to make that moving speech about the first responders. One thing that I'm punching myself over though is that during my last few weeks with you I didn't spend as much time talking to you as I would have wanted, I just wish that I had sat down with you and had a good conversation with you... I just didn't know it would be the last time I'd have the chance to talk to you. So this is my final goodbye, and I hope that your dancing in heaven and having the time of your life not in a wheelchair.

Sincerely,
Zachary

Kristie Cornelius

February 1, 2019

Dad,
Two months have gone by and I still feel the sting as if it were yesterday. I'm so glad that the last memory that I have of you is you calling me 'your baby girl'. That will resound with me until my last breath. To say you were perfect is an exaggeration....for no one is perfect! But, I believe that you tried your best in all that you did, including being a great dad. I'll always remember you and I in the garage when I was about 8 and it was raining. We were standing outside, listening to the rain fall, and to the radio. Always Oldies 103! Rainy Day Bells came on and we were both singing and dancing in the rain puddles. Seemed at the time as such a small memory on a not so important day, but now, I would give anything to be able to sing 'Rainy Day Bells' with you and splash in a puddle. Later on when I became a teenager, you tried to teach me how to drive a stick shift in your beloved Toyota, Camry. Not sure what you were thinking there! You got frustrated (rightfully so) after a couple of hours and we went home. I believe I remembered you saying under your breath something to the effect of that I probably wouldn't have a stick shift car anyways. You were right! Never had one! Then I got married and had a family of my own. You would come over to our house while we were at work and make repairs. One time I came home to find you on a ladder with a paint brush trying to get the very tip of the house! I have to say, seeing my 50 + yr old dad on a ladder over 15 ft in the air did scare me pretty bad! When I asked you why, you simply replied that you remembered coming over to my house to do yet another repair and notice that the house needed painting. There are so many more memories of you over the years that I could share, but that is just a few that immediately come to mind. I love you, Dad. I'm so glad you were there for me. I hope you find the peace that you so desperately needed and deserved.
From your baby girl, always and forever I love you,
Kristie

Thanlia Jamison

December 3, 2018

My condolences to you and your family. I know it is common to say your loved one is in a better place but that statement doesn't replace the pain you feel from your loss. What truly helps is remembering the person they were and the times you had together. At first it will make you cry like crazy but as time goes on, the pain will be a little less and the memories you once cried over will become tears and laughter. You'll always miss him and you'll always have the memories. My prayer is for you to someday get to that point of tears and laughter over memories. Eventually only laughter will come. Wish I could tell you when or how long, but I myself haven't reached the latter stage yet. but, through it all God will hold your hand just like he has held mine through times like this. Him is where comfort resides.

Brian Major

December 3, 2018

Praying for ya'll during this time. He is walking now, his healing has come. I'm sure if he could talk to you now he's saying "it's worth it all!". Love you and your beautiful family!

Steve Rickard

December 3, 2018

Bill lives on inside all of his family and the people he touched!

Dolly Sipes Rodgers

December 3, 2018

The service was beautiful and the choir was amazing! You could feel the love in the room. I never met your dad formally, but I know how much his family loved him. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. I love your mama, she has been one of the pillar women in the church for me. She always has that amazing smile! Christian love exudes from her! Please let me know if there is anything we can do in this time of grief.

Jeni McQueen Krumnow

December 3, 2018

It was so great to see the love your family has for one another.....so beautiful! I saw your children rub your back as they were walking in behind you in the pew and it moved me. They were so sweet to you and it's like they just wanted you to know they were right there. So Loving!

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Thanksgiving- 2017

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Christmas- 2017

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The family

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Dad at work in 1986

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Mom and Dad- 2017