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Clearance G. Middleton

Clearnce “JABO” Middleton walked into eternity while at his home on Monday, June 4, 2018 at the age of 76. 

JABO was born March 9, 1942, to lifelong residents of Sylva, Johnny Coleman and Zadie Gibson Middleton, who have since passed on.  He is survived by only child, DeeDee (Michael) Queen, granddaughter, Mackenzie Queen and two brothers, Bob (Becky) Middleton of Candler and Gene Middleton of Sylva.  He is preceded in death by brother Earl and sister-in-law Macie Middleton.  He is also survived by several nieces and nephews and grand nieces and nephews.

He served in the United States Army from 1966 to 1968 in Germany.  He later retired from BASF in Enka after 33 years.  After retirement his time was spent in the places that meant the most: Middleton Pawn Shop, East Main Auto and Harris Cherokee Casino.  In these places he talked to friends, old and new. 

Throughout his days he left a lasting impression; once you met the man called JABO you would never forget the camouflage jacket.  He talked about of the past, never planned for tomorrow but lived for today.  He loved to talk about the younger days running the roads and the cars he drove.  With each story he told, you rode with him through the memories that had since become old.

There will be no formal services held at this time.  The family would like to thank all who called, stopped by, the stories they shared, and the prayers they prayed. 


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So sorry to hear .always meant to look you up. And talk Bout velts Cafe and rebel rest. Riding around and around.

Lester and Betty Littrell Bryson Jun 14 2018 12:00 AM

Lisa-Marie Roberts Jun 11 2018 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Clearance Middleton

Lisa-Marie Roberts Jun 11 2018 12:00 AM

I played poker for a few years with Jabo. He was quite a character! I'm sorry to hear he's passed. I hope he's enjoying his glory days again in Paradise. Peace to all who loved him.

Lisa-Marie Roberts Jun 11 2018 12:00 AM

I met Jabo in my first week at the casino, and he was so nice to me. His kindness was always genuine, and he greeted everyone with a smile. Truly one of my favorite guests I've served, and he is sorely missed. My heart and my prayers go out to the friends and family.

Julia Jun 11 2018 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Clearance Middleton

Julia Jun 11 2018 12:00 AM

Such a sweet soul that will truly be missed by me for sure.

Wil Suttles aka Skittles Jun 10 2018 12:00 AM

Jabo was one of the sweetest people Ive ever met. He was always smiling and happy to see me. I will miss him for sure. Fly high my friend.

Sarah Christiansen Jun 10 2018 12:00 AM

He was a kind and gentle soul. I used to bring him his cappuccino and potato chips! I will miss Jabo. God bless him.

Larry Jun 10 2018 12:00 AM

My condolences to your family. Praying God will comfort all.

Doug Farmer Jun 9 2018 12:00 AM

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