November 28, 1938 – June 6, 2021
Beryl Middleton-Walters, age 82, of Sarasota, Florida/Washington D.C. passed away after a year of a blood disorder and then Leukemia. Beryl was known for her singing and fantastic personality. You could not speak to her without falling in love with her.
Beryl was born in Huddersfield, England; joined the Royal Air Force at 17. After serving 2 years, she answered an ad from an American politician and his wife, looking for a nanny for their children. It was her chance to come to America, all expenses paid plus a small salary.
After 2 years and her “nanny” duties were up, Beryl answered an ad for a “cocktail waitress” at, soon to open, Ray Walters’ Stables, a Supper Club in downtown Washington, D.C. She convinced the owner to hire her immediately, helping to prepare for the opening. The day the restaurant opened, she was assigned tables in the lounge, where she failed miserably – she had never waited tables in her life. Ray Walters said he should have fired her but Beryl had been working for him for weeks and was a wonderful personality so he had her learn to be a waitress – which turned out to be one of the most fortunate things he had ever done.
Beryl, being a stranger in town, would stay after closing and sing along with the band as they rehearsed new songs. As fate would have it, the Club’s singer fell ill one busy night and Beryl was asked to fill in. She only knew a few songs but her personality and her repertoire with the audience turned out to be extremely successful. The singer was fired and Beryl’s career began.
Her popularity grew and Beryl Middleton became the “must see” entertainer of Washington, D.C. – attracting politicians of both ilk as well as visiting big name entertainers. Beryl’s first record, “Two Little Boys” was an instant hit, being the number one song for over a year in Washington as well as Charlotte, NC and many other cities. Being featured with the “Airmen of Note” (U.S. Air Force Band) Pn “Voice of America”, it became a hit overseas as well.
Beryl had many other hit recordings and did shows with Bob Hope, Edgar Bergen (and Charlie) and many other big name entertainers throughout the U.S. and other countries.
She married her friend/manager, Ray Walters, retired to Sarasota, FL and became a U.S. Citizen. Beryl is survived by her husband of 51 years, Ray Walters, (adopted) daughter Dawn, stepdaughter Stephanie Smith and Bobby, stepdaughter Niki Paul and John, stepson Ratus Walters, step granddaughters Jessica and Jesse, Courtney and Michael, step great granddaughter Mia Jane and her niece Karen and Dan and niece Lynne and Chris.
Beryl’s funeral will always be remembered for the playing of the recording of, “For The Good Times”.
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June 10, 2021
Karen & Dan Jeffery West Yorkshire England:
We have some very happy memories of Auntie Beryl, coming over here to the UK and us showing her around the Lake District and Northumberland.
She loved Ginger cake, scones, indeed all things bakery related and was a huge fan of "Curd Tart" ( a local delicacy, a tart made from cheese curds raisins & sweet pastry, doesn't sound great but it is delicious!)
This is an old fashioned bakery treat and getting harder to source, so seeing it always gives me a frizzon of happy memories of how much she loved it washed down with a hot cup of Yorkshire tea.
We were very fortunate and happy to visit on a few occasions to Florida which is a whole world away from us both heat and culture wise. We have some very happy and treasured memories of those trips.
My father was Beryl's big brother Colin .( Her only sibling). My parents had the time of their lives in the USA and had many adventures to relate to us. Truly wonderful experiences for them to re-live in their latter years.
Both her brother and sister in law are both in God's care, both passed just 11 days apart. I feel sad at losing such a special Auntie and such a lovely funny soul from our lives, but know in my heart she is reunited with them in heaven and there is some consolation that God is watching over them, as indeed he watches over us all.
R.I.P Auntie B, love you to bits.
Karen & Dan