Hawthorne - Thomas Aubrey "Tommy" Middleton, 79, of Hawthorne passed away on January 5th. He was born at Alachua County (later General) Hospital on January 25, 1941 to Aubrey and Ella (Hammond) Middleton of Hawthorne. After graduating from Hawthorne High School in 1958, he worked with his father at Middleton's Service Station, directly across the street from the original Hawthorne City Hall. After training to be a locksmith, he set up shop in the station. In the 1980's Middleton's Service Station became Middleton's Lock and Key, and Tommy continued to work there almost every weekday until his death. He provided locksmith and convenience retail services to the Hawthorne community and surrounding area for decades. Both Middleton's Service Station and Middleton's Lock and Key became fixtures of Hawthorne's business community, serving many generations of loyal customers. Tommy's quiet, humble demeanor belied a sharp wit, deep intellect and natural curiosity that fueled such diverse interests as amateur radio, electronics, photography, genealogy, Florida history, and bluegrass and western swing music.
Tommy was predeceased in death by his parents and his sister Jane (Middleton) Bell of Gainesville. He is survived by his brother-in-law Clyde H. Bell Jr. "Pete" of Gainesville; nephews Jerry Bell of Miami Shores, FL, Eric Bell of Crystal River, FL, and Brett Bell of Gainesville, FL; niece Donna Bell Langlotz of Panama City Beach, FL, and; a great niece, three great nephews, and cousins.
Tommy was a vegetarian and loved all animals, especially cats. In lieu of flowers the family asks you to make a gift in Tommy Middleton's name to the Humane Society of North Central Florida 4205 NW 6th ST Gainesville FL 32609. Services for Tommy will be held privately on Mon, Jan 11, 2021 at 2 PM in Hawthorne Cemetery, however anyone who would like to participate via Zoom, click on the following link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86103664540?pwd=S0NNcW41dC9VWWRlN1BsTHZOaXh2dz09
. Arrangements are under the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES, 311 S Main ST, Gainesville FL 32601. 352-376-5361 www.milamfh.com