Funeral services for Mrs. Dorothy Mae Tharpe Middlebrooks, 79, will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, May 27, 2011 at the Chapel of Cox Funeral Home of Bastrop with Dr. L.H. McCollough and the Rev. Terry Middlebrooks officiating. Interment will follow at Hughes Chapel Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be held from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, May 26 at Cox Funeral Home.
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Dorothy Mae Tharpe Middlebrooks was born May 6, 1932 at Bonita to the late Gus Tharpe and Laura Annie Worley Tharpe. She passed away, surrounded by her family, on May 24, 2011 at Morehouse General Hospital in Bastrop.
Ms. Dorothy loved and enjoyed her family. She retired in 1994 from the Hamburg Shirt Factory where she worked as a seamstress for many years. She enjoyed cooking, sewing, crocheting, and crafting.
She is preceded in death by her parents; and a sister, Darlene Hale.
Mrs. Middlebrooks is survived by her husband of sixty-five years, James "Tincy" Middlebrooks, whom she married on February 11, 1946. She is also survived by four sons, James Middlebrooks and his wife, Sue, Johnnie Middlebrooks and his wife, Deloice, Roger Middlebrooks and his wife, Trudie, all of Bastrop, and Rickey Middlebrooks and his wife, Darlene of Crossett, Ark.; two daughters, Vickey Reynolds and her husband, Bailey of Crossett and Laura Hunter and her husband, Robert of Bastrop; three sisters, Alice Hinton and Lodie Craig of Bastrop, and Belinda Meredith of Columbia; one brother, Gus "Jr." Tharpe of Marion; nine granddaughters and three grandsons, seven great-granddaughters and eleven great-grandsons, three great-great-granddaughters and one great-great-grandson; numerous nieces and nephews; brother-in-laws C. J. Middlebrooks, Bobby Middlebrooks and his wife Cynthia, Buddy Middlebrooks and his wife Leona, all of Bastrop, sister-in-laws Katherine Farrar of Crossett, Ida Mae Spikes of Bastrop and a special brother and sister in law, L. E. and Barbara Middlebrooks of West Monroe.
Serving as pallbearers are Cody Middlebrooks, Derrick Middlebrooks, James Berry Middlebrooks, Austin McDonald, Ray Middlebrooks, Jesse White, Jerry Middlebrooks, and John Edward Middlebrooks. Honorary pallbearers are Kary Stanley, Steve Middlebrooks, Robert Hunter, Thomas "Brother" Musgrove, Mike King, and Rickey Carroll.
Published in Bastrop Daily Enterprise from May 26 to May 30, 2011