OBITUARY

Bennie Dale Middaugh

February 23, 1934October 20, 2018
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Bennie Dale Middaugh was born on February 23, 1934, in Aquilla, Texas, and died on October 20, 2018, Montevallo, Alabama. He grew up in Baytown, Texas, where he graduated from Robert E. Lee High School. He went on to get a Bachelor of Music in vocal performance from North Texas State University, now University of North Texas, a Master of Music in vocal performance from Michigan State University, and a Doctorate of Music in vocal performance from Florida State University. He taught voice and related classes at the University of Montevallo from 1963 until his retirement in 2001. After he retired he continued to teach voice to private students for many years. He is predeceased by his parents, Benjamin and Florence Middaugh, and first wife, John and Marie’s mother, Georgette Maisson Middaugh. He is survived by his wife, Laurie Middaugh of Montevallo, Alabama, his son John Alain Middaugh (Jennifer) and daughter Katherine Foster Middaugh (Marquis) her mother Pamela Arkin of Richmond, Virginia, granddaughters Jada MiKayla Middaugh and Ayanna Niara Goins, all of Montevallo, step-daughter Lauren Parker (Heather Holmes) of Rome, New York, and Marie France Holbein (Bill Kootsikas) of Kennesaw, Georgia, and Marie’s son, Michael Holbein of Decatur, Georgia. During the course of his professional life he appeared in many operas, musical theater productions, and plays. His all-time favorite role was that of Don Quixote in Man of La Mancha in which appeared in five separate productions over a 40 year period. In his later years he enjoyed portraying Thomas Jefferson at the American Village and singing concerts of Frank Sinatra’s music. Bennie loved University of Alabama football, Frank Sinatra, and Amy Winehouse. His funeral will be on Saturday, October 27, 2018, at 11:00 a.m., at the Anglican Church of the Holy Comforter, in Montevallo, Alabama. In lieu of flowers please make a donation in Bennie’s memory to the music program at the Anglican Church of the Holy Comforter, 135 Ashville Circle, Montevallo, Alabama. The family will receive guests on Friday, October 26, 2018, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Rocko Funeral Home, 3715 Highway 25, Montevallo, Alabama. The family would like to thank the staff of Affinity Hospice, especially Kim Cherry and Brittany Davenport.

Services

  • Visitation Friday, October 26, 2018
  • Funeral Service Saturday, October 27, 2018
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Paris, May 2001, with Laurie and Bennie.

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Biography

Bennie Dale Middaugh was born on February 23, 1934, in Aquilla, Texas, and died on October 20, 2018, Montevallo, Alabama. He grew up in Baytown, Texas, where he graduated from Robert E. Lee High School. He went on to get a Bachelor of Music in vocal performance from North Texas State University, now University of North Texas, a Master of Music in vocal performance from Michigan State University, and a Doctorate of Music in vocal performance from Florida State University. He taught voice and related classes at the University of Montevallo from 1963 until his retirement in 2001. After he retired he continued to teach voice to private students for many years. He is predeceased by his parents, Benjamin and Florence Middaugh, and first wife, John and Marie’s mother, Georgette Maisson Middaugh. He is survived by his wife, Laurie Middaugh of Montevallo, Alabama, his son John Alain Middaugh (Jennifer) and daughter Katherine Foster Middaugh (Marquis) her mother Pamela Arkin of Richmond, Virginia, granddaughters Jada MiKayla Middaugh and Ayanna Niara Goins, all of Montevallo, step-daughter Lauren Parker (Heather Holmes) of Rome, New York, and Marie France Holbein (Bill Kootsikas) of Kennesaw, Georgia, and Marie’s son, Michael Holbein of Decatur, Georgia. During the course of his professional life he appeared in many operas, musical theater productions, and plays. His all-time favorite role was that of Don Quixote in Man of La Mancha in which appeared in five separate productions over a 40 year period. In his later years he enjoyed portraying Thomas Jefferson at the American Village and singing concerts of Frank Sinatra’s music. Bennie loved University of Alabama football, Frank Sinatra, and Amy Winehouse. His funeral will be on Saturday, October 27, 2018, at 11:00 a.m., at the Anglican Church of the Holy Comforter, in Montevallo, Alabama. In lieu of flowers please make a donation in Bennie’s memory to the music program at the Anglican Church of the Holy Comforter, 135 Ashville Circle, Montevallo, Alabama. The family will receive guests on Friday, October 26, 2018, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Rocko Funeral Home, 3715 Highway 25, Montevallo, Alabama. The family would like to thank the staff of Affinity Hospice, especially Kim Cherry and Brittany Davenport.