Harry Middleton, 86, a lifelong Big Spring resident, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014, in Lubbock, Texas. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 5, 2015, at the First Presbyterian Church of Big Spring with Tom Koger officiating. Interment will follow at Mount Olive Memorial Park.|
The family will receive friends from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015, at Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home.
Harry was born Oct. 18, 1928, in Big Spring to Robert V. and Louise Middleton. He married Janet Hightower June 24, 1955, in Garden City, Texas. Together, they built a life that included a love of rodeos, ranching, and horse racing.
Harry graduated from Texas Tech University in 1954 with a bachelor's degree. He also served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. But it was on his land, farming and ranching for more than 60 years where Harry was always most at home.
Harry was a devoted member of the First Presbyterian Church and served as a deacon for many years. He was also a member of Staked Plains Lodge 598 and Suez Shrine Temple. He was a member and past president of the Big Spring Cowboy Reunion and Rodeo and served on the board of directors of the Big Spring Heritage Museum.
He is survived by his loving wife, Janet of Big Spring; daughter, Candy Brown and husband, Jacky of Midland; son, John Middleton and wife, Cindy of Big Spring; granddaughters, Kim Fishpaw and husband Jim of Fort Worth and Lauren Craig and husband, Cody of Lubbock; grandsons, Jake Brown of San Angelo and Clay Brown of Lubbock; four great-granddaughters, Victoria, Raegan, Kellan Fishpaw and Ellie Craig; sister, Vivien Buckner of Big Spring ; two nephews, Robert Buckner and Barry Hobbs; and two nieces, Paula Jones and Marie Kauss.
The family suggests memorials be made to the First Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 2222, Big Spring, Texas 79721 or the Heritage Museum, 510 Scurry, Big Spring, Texas 79720.
Arrangements under the direction of Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Big Spring. Online condolences may be made at www.npwelch.com
Published in Big Spring Herald on Jan. 4, 2015