OBITUARY

Albert Harry Middlebrook Jr.

January 14, 1952July 28, 2020

Albert Harry Middlebrook, Jr. (know to many as “JuJu”) was born January 14, 1952 in Kosciusko, MS and lived throughout the United States and in Greece as he pursued his ministry. Mr. Middlebrook was an extremely talented individual who excelled in music, politics, and the ministry. He graduated from Kosciusko High School, where he was drum major and received many awards years based on his musical excellence. After graduation, he attended Ole Miss where he majored in music and served as drum major of the Pride of the South Ole Miss band for two years.

In 1973, he left Ole Miss prior to graduation and moved to Washington, D.C. to serve as a speech writer for Congressman David Bowen who represented Mississippi’s 2nd Congressional District. After two years in Washington, he felt the call of the ministry in his life and left Washington and returned to Mississippi where he became an evangelist associated with the Church of God of Prophecy. He held many positions over the years including State Youth Director for Mississippi for 2 years, State Youth Director for Illinois for 6 years, Public Relations Director for both states, and then moved to Greece as a missionary to help establish and grow several churches there.

After returning to Mississippi from Greece in 1984 he was the victim of a catastrophic accident. Following a lengthy rehabilitation process, he returned to the ministry and served in several roles within the church. He traveled extensively, including time in Greece and the Philippines, ministering to others and his last mission trip was in December of 2015 to Haiti.

Harry passed away peacefully in his sleep the morning of July 28, 2020 at the age of 68. Harry will be lovingly remembered by his sister, Linda Rose Middlebrook Whitty, age 72, and his brother, Jimmy LaDale Middlebrook, age 60. Harry will be interred at Lakewood Memorial Park at 6000 Clinton Blvd, Jackson, MS.

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    Friday, July 31, 2020

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Pauline Brunt

August 1, 2020

Harry meant so much to my family. He mentored my son, Mike, in grooming him to take his place as drum major of the Kosciusko High School Band. Their friendship continued at Ole Miss where Harry was drum major and Mike too inherited that position at Ole Miss. Harry and one of my best friends, Mary Rhodes Swayze, who is deceased, became best friends and I kept up with Harry over the years. Occasionally he would call and we would visit. Prayers for you, Linda and Jimmy.

Billie thompson

July 31, 2020

God brought juju in my life at a time i needed most saved my life! I was 21 in addiction running from god he helped god lead me back to him.thank you for the joy you brought back in my life when I ask Jesus into my heart rip with my daughter taffie give her a hug from mom see you soon!

Jeff Williams

July 31, 2020

I knew Harry from Jackson ms church and also when we moved to Pearl church heard him speak many times church and at camp winter retreats a good friend always there to help you he loved to talk he will be missed

Ken Purvis

July 31, 2020

When Harry comes into your life he brings the light of Heaven. I will always be grateful for our friendship as well as his devotion to Christ. His FAITH was his life to which he remained FAITHFUL. To me Harry exemplified the ministry of an apostle. He was a visionary who could help others see where they fit in the Body of Christ. He opened the door for me through allowing me to minister for 3 years of youth camps in Illinois. He would open the door for you and then step back to allow the Holy Spirit to work through you. As a result I found my calling as a Prophet rather than a Pastor because he saw where I needed to be to experience that and opened the door for me. Those encounters would forever change my life and direction to find the ministry that fit.

Because of his selflessness and untiring devotion to the Kingdom of God he was a "game-changer" in the lives of many. Such bright LIGHTS bring Heaven closer to our awareness and experience.

Thank, you, Harry, for being such a loving friend and brother. You left my life better than you found it.

Ken Purvis, July 31, 2020

Cindy Lancaster/Dugas

July 31, 2020

I am so thankful to have had the gift of knowing Harry. As long as I have known him, since around 1973, he has been a blessing and inspiration to myself and so many others. Spending time with him was always a joy even up til the last time seeing him while he was in hospice. He was always thinking of others. While visiting him in hospice, I remember the man in the room with him was in need of the nurse and Harry, in his condition, trying his best to comfort him. He spent his life serving the Lord with such commitment in everything he did. I know he loved the Lord with all his heart, it exuded from him in his words and actions. Because of his love for the Lord, I've always felt that Harry had the attitude that Paul had when in Philipians 1:23-24 Paul said, "I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far, but it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body." He remained as long as he could and served humbly yet mightily. And now he is with Christ, which is better by far. I loved him as a friend and I will miss him greatly. My thoughts and prayers are with you both Linda and Jimmy.

Benson R Bell

July 31, 2020

Harry & myself had many great times together. I will never forget going to so many football games when he was drum major at Ole Miss. He would always come to my home every week end when they had a open date.. Yes & he would usually bring 2 or 3 friends along and he would say I know you don't mind.. we always had such great times when he came..I will never forget the time when the Ole Miss band came to the Tupelo Christmas Parade while he was drum major, they were coming up main street and big bird was walking in front of the band Harry was marching backing and you guessed it he bumped into big bird and knocked him down.. Really he seemed more like a brother as he was very young when his sister & I got married.. He was always the life of the party.. I know he is in a better place today.
Benson Bell

Liz Reynolds

July 31, 2020

Harry and I served together in Lions Band for two years. He was funny and so kind, always keeping everyone’s spirits up. We saw each other occasionally at Ole Miss, but through the years, we had lost touch. I heard he was in the ministry, and I was overjoyed! Now I have read of his passing, and I’m happy for him and sad for this world. This gives me yet another great reason to look forward to heaven. If you knew him, you would never forget him. Everybody loved Harry!!

Angela Hopkins

July 30, 2020

My prayers are with Harry’s family and may you especially find comfort and joy in the memories shared of the most precious man of God I had the blessing and privilege to know. Truly this world was a better place with him in it as Harry was that rare human who not only loved the Lord with all his heart but authentically thought and cared for others before himself. He shared Jesus in any circumstance by just being Harry as God’s love poured out from him especially when he gave his powerful testimony of surviving his accident. I’ll never forget hearing it for the first time at Union Grove Church. Harry gave sincere compliments and had the best sense of humor! His laugh was so very contagious! It was pure joy to see him enjoy telling stories of his ministry experiences not only with his trips abroad but in the everyday living. He was godfather to our sons, Brandon and Justin Hopkins, and he extended his love and care to them whenever he could as they grew up to be men. Although I’m sad he isn’t here to shine his light with us anymore, I know beyond any doubt he’s with Jesus rejoicing at finally coming home! Blessings of peace, Angela Hopkins

Scott Hopkins

July 30, 2020

Harry was a childhood acquaintance until at the age of 18 he became my best friend. He invited me to join him in Greece in 1982 where I accompanied him for the last year of his tenure. We remained best of friends to the end. Harry, you will be greatly missed.

Benny Crosby

July 30, 2020

I am saddened to learn of the passing of Harry. I extend my heartfelt sympathy to his family and as each of you pass through this veil of tears, please know that we, too, mourn his passing and pray for God to embrace this family during these sad times.

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