Tommy Middleton
1941 - 2021
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Tommy Middleton
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: Arrangements are under the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES, 311 S Main ST, Gainesville FL 32601. 352-376-5361

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Published in Gainesville Sun from Jan. 9 to Jan. 10, 2021.
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January 11, 2021
As a fellow member of the class of '58, I didn't see much of Tommy since then, but I saw him for a few days in our later years; I never heard anyone that had anything but good to say about Tommy and I can second that. Goodbye to an old friend.
Charles Collins
January 11, 2021
"Middleton's Service Station....became a fixture of Hawthorne's business community." Not only this, but, Tommy, his Dad, and Gus Green (Don't Cuss - Call Gus) will always remain as fond memories of the time I lived in Alachua County 60 years ago. Somewhere I have a photo of the service station as it was back then...good times...good people. May the Lord bless you all.
Robert Martin
January 11, 2021
Tommy, I will always remember when I would call you and say, Well I did it again! And you would laugh and say not you again lol. When I lived in Hawthorne and when I moved to keystone you would come unlock my car or house lol. As a kid I loved to walk home from and swing by and buy a coke or cookies and you would say just take the cookies, on me. You were kind to everyone Tommy and you will Definitely be missed by all of Hawthorne. Fly High Tommy. Forever in our Hearts.
Debbie & Jr viveiros.
Debbie cichorz
January 10, 2021
With deepest sympathy. People like Mr. Middleton are the foundation of the community. The loss of Mr. Middleton will be deeply felt by the little town of Hawthorne.
JoAnne Talamo
January 10, 2021
Such a giving person that will so missed!!
Debbie Fox
January 10, 2021
Tommy was our locksmith for 14.5 years. Any key I had Tommy make, always worked, no matter what it was. I'm heartbroken that he's gone. If he wasn't busy and I had time, I was hang out at the shop and listen to the scanner he always had on. Somedays it was busy and a lot was going on, other days, it was quiet. Tommy will be missed.
Suzanne Crain
January 10, 2021
Tommy was a very kind person .He would always go above and beyond to help anyone .He was very kind to my previous service dog Zoe and to my current service dog Freedom.I will miss seeing him on my runs, getting keys ,etc...Tommy we will miss you and our town will not be the same without you .You will not be forgotten.RIP my friend .Jen/Freedom and Angel Zoe
Jennifer/Freedom Tozzo
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