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.

Services

  • Memorial Service Tuesday, November 27, 2018
REMEMBERING

William Arthur Middleton

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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!

Alison Leffler

December 3, 2018

I have so many good memories because it seems I was always over at your house. He was such a good dad and will be missed.

Rick Schwarz

December 3, 2018

Every memory I have of Bill was nothing but love and compassion! And I mean EVERY memory! Such a great father, grandfather, husband, and uncle. When I was young, I remember when we visited I would sit close to him and Aunt Sheila just to feel loved and safe!!! Although I'm not in touch as much as I would like to be, know that I think of you and your family every day.

Kaleigh Cornelius

December 2, 2018

Granddaddy I miss you and I love you. You where the best grandfather anyone can wish for and can you please give my two other grandparents a hug for me. I love you grandad and I’ll miss you.

Jim Morse

November 30, 2018

Dear Sheila, and family: May the peace and comfort that only our Lord can provide through His Holy Spirit be with you all during this time. Sincere condolences to all.

Sarah Paschal

November 30, 2018

Dear Sheila and Family,
Know that I am thinking of you and that there are so many people who are remembering Bill and holding you tenderly in their hearts. I pray that you will have peace and healing during this time. Bill was yours, and y'all were his, and nothing will ever change that.
Much love to you,
Sarah, Greg, Zachary, and Zoe