Melvin Smith Middleton

By December 13, 2013 Obituaries

Melvin “Mel” Smith Middleton Sr. Charleston, SC – Melvin Middleton Sr. passed away on Thursday, December 12, 2013 after years of battling pulmonary fibrosis.  Born June 28, 1946, in Charleston, SC he was the son of the late Parker Sr. and Augusta Middleton. He graduated from Burke High School in 1964. He is survived by his wife Cora, brother Parker Jr., sisters Gretta Wainwright (Frankie) and Carla Jones (Guy), daughters, Lisa Middleton and Viki Middleton, son, Melvin Middleton Jr, granddaughters Tara Bryant, Sasha Hobson, and Dazah Hobson, grandson Jabari Hobson, great-grandson Princeton Flagg, numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and dear friends.  A wake will be held at Simplicity Lowcountry Cremation and Burial Services (7475 Peppermill Parkway, Ste. E, North Charleston, SC 29418) on Friday December 20, 2013 from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm.  Mr. Middleton’s Homegoing Celebration will be held on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 11:00 am at St. Peter’s A.M.E Church (302 Fishburne St., Walterboro, SC 29488). The family will receive friends following the service at the church.  The family wishes to thank the nurses and other caregivers at Odyssey Hospice Charleston and all who have prayed for and provided support to the family.


  • Norma Kirks says:

    Uncle Mel,

    I have and always will love you. I’m so sorry that we didn’t have much contact during your illness but I pray that you know that you were always loved by me and my family. On this the celebration of your going home I pray peace and comfort for Aunt Cora and the rest of the family. You will always be in my thoughts and in my heart.

    With much Love,


    Rest in Peace

  • Betty Smith Horne says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the Middleton family as your mourn the passing of your loved one, Mel. We both worked at the same company for years and I always admired Mel. He was such a gentleman, a dedicated employee. May you find comfort in the warmth of his memories and may God grant you peace and love. Ed and Betty Smith Horne.

  • Parker Crawford says:

    Dear Middleton family,

    I worked with Mel for several years at Westvaco. He was a great mentor and love to pass on the wisdom he had gained over the years. I remember him saying often “There’s no problem we can’t solve”. It’s been 12 years since we last communicated but I thought of him frequently.

    My thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Parker Crawford

  • Carol Brock says:

    To the Family of Mel Middleton,

    What a loss! My prayers are with you. No one knows how heavy your heart can be to lose a loved one, unless he/she has been there and done that. To lose a father, grandfather, and a sibling is just heartbreaking, as a part of you have been lost. God bless you and keep looking to the hills from whence cometh your help! Remember, God is your stronghold in the time of trouble. He promised never to leave you nor forsake you. Stand on his promises!

    A co-worker at Westvaco (now MeadWestvaco) from years past.

    Carol Brock

  • Ann Birch says:

    Deepest condolences to each of you. May God keep watch over all of you as you mourn the loss of your loved one. Mel and I worked together many years ago, I know he will be missed by many.

    Ann Birch

  • Scott Corvino says:

    To Mel’s family – I worked with Mel at Westvaco for over 10 years. In fact, he was my first boss right out of college. I have many fond memories of working for and with Mel and will never forget that cheshire cat smile of his. I pray God’s peace will comfort you in this time and, as I know you all do, I look forward to seeing Mel again one day in a time and place where there will be no more tears and we will enjoy each other’s company in God’s presence for eternity.

  • Marcia Palmer says:

    To Melvin’s Family, we are so sorry to hear of Melvin’s’ passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time. We are so sorry that we did not know of Melvin’s’ passing. Cousins Marcia Palmer, Sylvia Palmer Smashum, David Smashum, 3rd, Peter Palmer and Kitty Macbeth.