Joe Nathan Middleton, 83, of Leesburg,Fl, passed away, Friday, March 18, 2022. Joe was born in Beaufort, SC to James Paul Middleton and Joetta Peachie Middleton, and moved to Boston, MA. He was educated in Boston and received a Track and Field scholarship to Winston Salem College in NC. The track team was placed in the Hall of Fame at the Penn Relays. Thier record lasted many years.
He received his B.S. and became a Special Education Teacher in Sacramento, CA. After three years he went back to Boston and taught for two years. He later moved to Yonkers, NY and taught in the school system at Hawthorne Middle School.
He was recruited by Chrysler Motor Corporation as a district manager in the sales department where he worked for three years. It was not in his heart so he went back to teaching at Gorton High School in Yonkers, NY.
He obtained his Master of Arts from the College of New Rochelle; specializing in Special Education. Joe obtained from the NY State Department of Education his Administrators License.
He worked part time with Yonkers Cluster Summer Day Camp, with elementary and pre-teen children; the summer Youth Employment Program; Nepperham Community Center as a consultant; The Human Relations Department of Yonkers Public School System and St. Christopher’s School in Dobbs Ferry, NY after school. He also taught in the Woman’s State Prison in Bedford Hills, NY in the summers.
At Gorton High School he was known to be fair, but took no nonsense. He became the Dean of Students, and also was known as Kojack. He retired from Yonkers School System due to poor eyesight. He moved to Charlotte, NC and was active with the Winston Salem State College Alumni and was a life member. With failing eye sight he started looking for a quiet place to retire and moved to Leesburg, FL.
He leaves behind his wife of 52 years, Shirlee Moore Middleton, a son, Damon Todd and a brother Ronald Middleton. He is predeceased by six brothers, Rev. James P. Thomas (Doc), Simeon, Benjamin, Collins, Melvin; six sisters, Ruth, Thelma, Helen, Marriah, Marie and Eleanor and a daughter Sherri. He also leaves behind 3 grandchildren, Larie, Brandon and Jolanda and a host of nephews and nieces.
At his request services will be at a later date.