Michael E. Middleton Sr.
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TUSCALOOSA - Michael E. Middleton, Sr., age 75, of Tuscaloosa, Ala., passed away on August 3, 2020.
He was preceded in death by his father, A.W. "Bill" Middleton; mother, Sadye Carriere Middleton; brothers, William and Barry Middleton; as well as foster son, Charles Findley.
He is survived by his wife, Christine Dolan Middleton; his two children, Michael Jr. (Brooke) and Margaret Middleton Reidenbach (Mark); and four grandchildren, Liam and Bailey Middleton, and Andrew and William Reidenbach. He is also survived by his sister Sarah Martin (Jim), sister-in-law, Anne Middleton; and several nieces and nephews.
Born in Yazoo City, Miss. in 1944 Mike was raised a devout Catholic. His life was dedicated to service and education. He graduated from Spring Hill College in Mobile where he earned his degree in History. He went on to work for STAR, a Federal program promoting adult literacy. Mike served as a Sergeant in the United States Army and was stationed at Ft. Polk, where he trained soldiers during the Vietnam Era. After his service he and his wife moved to Alabama where he attended Graduate school at the University of Alabama. He received his Master's degree in Special Education. He helped in the founding of the Charles Sprayberry Regional Education Center which provided a unique educational environment for special needs and gifted children. He served as Principal of the school for around 20 years. He was a member of Holy Spirit Catholic Parish and served on the Holy Spirit school board for 12 years. He thoroughly enjoyed coaching youth sports. Mike was blessed to be married to his wife Christine Dolan Middleton for 50 years. He was a great father and in his retirement he enjoyed becoming a grandfather and watching his family grow. Special thanks to the doctors and nurses who have cared for Mike throughout the years. Also, thanks to family friends, Thomas P. Davis, James Broughton, Alex Bowab, David Franklin, Sarah Campbell and David McNeil.
The Funeral Mass will be held on Wednesday, August 12, 2020, beginning at 10 a.m., at Holy Spirit Catholic Church with Father John Fallon presiding.
In lieu of flowers, please direct gifts to Holy Spirit Catholic School or a charity of your choice.

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Published in Tuscaloosa News from Aug. 5 to Aug. 9, 2020.
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10:00 AM
Holy Spirit Catholic Church
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August 11, 2020
I am just now learning about Mike's passing. I remember him fondly from my teaching days at Matthews Elem. many years ago. Prayers for peace and comfort for all his family.
Delores Dominick Smith
August 11, 2020
Remembering many fond memories of Spring Hill College days and Gamma Sigma fraternity. So glad we were able to renew old friendships with Mike and Chrissie at the 50th Reunion. Love and prayers.
Lucy and David Loehle
August 8, 2020
So sorry to hear of Mike's passing. I have many fond memories of living across the street from you two when you moved to Tuscaloosa. Prayers for comfort during this hard time.
Suzanne Lake Booth
August 6, 2020
Although I never had the pleasure to meet Michael Sr. I do know he raised one fine son. I have known Michael Jr. for over 15 yrs and it would be hard to find a nicer young man. Mike, you and your entire family are in my continued prayers. Judy Bridges
Judy Bridges
August 5, 2020
So sorry to hear about Michael. We always admired his character as a loving family man and friend. Our prayers are with you.
Lou and Phyllis Lombardy
Lou Lombardy
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