James Middleton
1935 - 2020
Bellmead Funeral Home
809 La Clede Street
Bellmead, TX
James Middleton

Dec. 21, 1935 - Sept. 28, 2020

James Dudley (Jim) Middleton passed away peacefully in his home on Monday, September 28, 2020.

JD was born to W.C. and Lillie Middleton on December 21, 1935 in Mart, Texas. He graduated from Mart High School in 1954 and went on to join the Third Battalion of the Marine Corp.

Jim was a PRCA Steer Wrestler and won the Texas Circuit Finals in 1975. He spent several years traveling throughout the U.S. rodeoing with his closest friends. He later went on to judge youth rodeos and served as the judge for the Bellmead Lions Club Rodeo for 25 years. His true love was breeding, training and racing horses. He was known throughout the Texas and Oklahoma tracks as a true horseman. JD served the people of Elk, Axtell and Prairie Hill for over 40 years servicing and maintaining the rural water systems.

He is survived by his wife, Betty of Waco, Texas; his daughter, Kelly Middleton Shumake and husband, Phillip of Grandview, Texas; his daughter, Tracy Bray of Red Rock, Texas; son, Barry Hall; sister, Janice Cockrell and husband, Tommy of Battle Lake, Texas and many nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers are Robert Mathis, Lee Cockrell, Max McGeary, Henry Witt, Thomas Chane and John Emmitt Drews. Honorary pallbearers are Bob Anz, Stell Waldrop, Jerry Chapman, Steve Murphree and Neely Woodard.

Viewing will be from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., October 1, at the Bellmead Funeral Home. Services will be 10:30 a.m. (family only due to COVID) on October 2, with graveside services immediately following at Waco Memorial Park for extended family and friends. There will be a Celebration of Life at 2:00 p.m., at the Prairie Hill Community Center in Prairie Hill, Texas.

In lieu of flowers please make contributions to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

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Published by Waco Tribune-Herald from Sep. 30 to Oct. 1, 2020.
6:00p.m. - 9:00p.m.
Bellmead Funeral Home
809 La Clede Street P.O. Box 154116, Bellmead, TX
Bellmead Funeral Home
809 La Clede Street P.O. Box 154116, Bellmead, TX
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Waco Memorial Park
, TX
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I´m so very sorry for your loss.
October 16, 2020
My Greatest sympathy's to my long great friend and boss. I'll always remember him. A true good friend. Rest in the name of the Lord.
Francisco "Pancho" Lora
October 4, 2020
DAVID shaw
October 2, 2020
JD was the strongest man I've ever met. I still have visions of him doing full pushups with only one arm, and fully extending himself on a wheel in front of him on the floor with ease. Amazing guy! Sorry for the loss of a good strong man.
Joe Shelby King
October 1, 2020
Betty, I'm so sorry for your family's loss. You will all be in my thoughts and prayers. Deepest condolences to you.
Patti Drews Voges
October 1, 2020
I worked at The Rohan Company (which changed names several times over the years) for almost 40 years and J D came in really often and got material for all the WSCs he worked for. I just loved him!! May God comfort the whole family and may God Bless! Kay Overcash
Kay Overcash
September 30, 2020
Betty, prayers for you and family that the Lord will wrap His loving arms around and give you peace. Will never forget our days at the VARO in Waco. Love.
Phyllis Ray Brooks
September 30, 2020
I'm so sorry to hear about JD passing. I have always thought the world of him and have known him since I was a little girl. He and my dad were good friends, they lived a few doors down from us when I was young and later when we moved to Axtell and Elk I would see him also! He was good man and always a help to others. Heaven gained another good angel and he will keep everyone straight. d
Belinda Anderson Mathis
September 29, 2020
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