Mrs. Mary A. Middleton


Mrs. Mary A. Middleton, "Veteran" Of Three Wars, Dies at Age 85


 Mrs. Mary A. MIDDLETON, 85, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. E. O. WELLS, 833 Oak Street, at 7 o'clock last night.  She had been ill but a short time.

 Mrs. Middleton, wife of the late H. M. MIDDLETON, was born in Rome, Ga, on May 12, 1844.  She was married to Capt. MIDDLETON in Summerville Ga., in 1860.  At the close of the War Between the States the couple moved to Elizabethtown, Ky., where they lived until 1890, when they moved to Chattanooga.

 Capt. MIDDLETON died in 1903, and since that time Mrs. MIDDLETON has made her home with her daughter, Mrs. WELLS.

 Mrs. MIDDLETON was recognized as a veteran of three wars -- the Civil war, the Spanish - American, and the World war.  During these times she was always among the foremost to volunteer her services to her country.  In addition to her work in time of war, Mrs. MIDDLETON served as chairman of benevolent work of the Gen. A. P. Stewart chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy for thirty-two years.  She was a charter member of that organization and in recognition of her services to needy Confederate veterans she was made honorary president of the chapter for life.

 She was a charter member of the Pine Breeze Sanitorium association, charter member of the Y. W. C. A. and member of auxiliaries to the Y. M. C. A., and a member of the directorate of the Old Ladies' home.  She has been a member of this latter board for twenty-five years. 

 Mrs. MIDDLETON was a daughter of the late John Edington CARTER and Mary Wooten (actually her parents were Edington Jefferson CARTER and Mary "Polly" WATKINS), who ere regarded as among the oldest settlers in Georgia.  Mr. CARTER, a veteran contractor, is said to have built the first house with windowpanes to have been constructed in the Rome community.  The house was owned by the late John P. LONG.

 She is survived by two daughters. Mrs. E. O. WELLS, of Chattanooga, and Mrs. Frank HEARTY, of San Francisco.  A surviving son, Charles B. MIDDLETON, of Hollywood, Cal., is affiliated with the Motion Picture industry as an actor of considerable ability.  He appeared in Chattanooga in "Safety Last," a Harold Lloyd picture, and is scheduled to appear here soon in another Lloyd production and in one in which Rod LaRoque is starred.

 Mrs. MIDDLETON is also survived by two grandchildren, Mrs. Edward BLAKE, of Chattanooga, and Miss Leora MIDDLETON, of Hollywood.

 At her mother's request, Mrs. WELLS has asked Mrs. MIDDLETON'S host of friends to pleas refrain from sending floral tributes.

 Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday morning at 10:30 o'clock at the First Christian church (I think that this could be First Presbyterian), the Rev. James L. FOWLE officiating.  Interment will follow at Citizen's cemetery.  Jack O'DONOHUE is in charge of arrangements.

Chattanooga Times  Mar 2, 1930 



  Funeral Services for Well-known Citizen Tuesday.


    Mrs. Mary A. Middleton, 85, one of Chattanooga's best known citizens, died here Sunday night.  Funeral services for the deceased will be held from the First Presbyterian church at 10:30 o'clock Tuesday morning.  Pallbearers will be officers of the church.  Members of N. B. Forrest camp will act as an escort.  Interment will follow in the Citizens cemetery.  O'Donohue's in charge of arrangements.

    Mrs. Middleton was the wife of the late Capt. H. M. Middleton, Confederate soldier.  She was a native of Rome, Ga., where she was born May 12, 1844.  She had lived in Chattanooga since 1890.  After the death of Capt. Middleton in 1903, Mrs. Middleton had made her home with her daughter Mrs. Wells.

    Mrs. Middleton was a charter member of the Gen. A. P. Stewart chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy and was chairman of the benevolent work of that organization.  She was also a charter member of the Pine Breeze association and the Y.W.C.A.  She was a member of the directorate of the Old Ladies' home.  There will be a reserved section at the church for the board and residents of the Old Ladies' home.

    She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. E. O. Wells of this city and Mrs. Frank Hearty, of San Francisco, and one son, Charles B. Middleton, of Hollywood, Cal.  Two grandchildren, Mrs. Edward Blake of Chattanooga and Miss Leora Middleton, of Hollywood, also survive. Interment will be in Citizen's cemetery, with O'Donohue's in charge.
Chattanooga News (TIMES) Mar 3, 1930

Submitted by Donna B. Fitzgerald