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Helen Kirkpatrick MiddletonFebruary 11, 1917 ~ October 2, 2017 (age 100)
Helen Kirkpatrick Middleton, 100, passed away on Monday, October 2, 2017 at Scotia Village.
Helen was born February 11, 1917 in Sylvester, GA to Rev. and Mrs. G. F. Kirkpatrick. In 1922, Rev. Kirkpatrick was called to the historic Old Laurel Hill Presbyterian Church near Laurinburg and Helen lived 12 years there, always happy among so many loving family members and cherished life-long friends. She attended elementary and high school in Laurinburg then matriculated at Flora MacDonald College where she was active in the Zetesian Society and was President of the Christian Association. She fondly recalled how, as President, she invited Rev. Peter Marshall to speak at Fall Services. She introduced him to the attendees and shared a hymnal with him as he sang in his strong Scottish-tinged baritone. Helen recalled how Rev. Marshall was warmly received and dearly remembered by so many. Another often recalled highlight of her college career came in 1938 when she was elected May Queen.
Upon graduation, Helen began a 45 year career teaching elementary school students in North Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. In Ashe County, Helen also spent two happy summers teaching VBS at Jefferson and Lansing, NC. In her first schools she taught in Creswell, NC and in Asheboro where she met her future husband, Darrell W Middleton. In 1940, with World War II looming, Helen took a job in a Newport News, VA shipyard. Pearl Harbor was attacked shortly after she moved there. She and Darrell were married in 1943 just after Darrell was drafted. The couple moved to Sarasota, FL where Darrell was stationed.
After the war, Helen and Darrell relocated to Orlando, FL where their lives were permanently enriched by a multitude of friends at the First Presbyterian Church. Helen continued to teach as the family moved to Warner Robins, GA and Winston Salem, where she taught one of the first gifted third grade classes. She finished her teaching career back in Orlando and moved to Maxton in 1985 to care for her Mother.
In 1992, Helen and Darrell were thrilled to move to Scotia Village surrounded by so many beloved friends and cared for by a loving and conscientious staff. Helen was blessed by and thankful for all those who supported, cared for, and loved her throughout her life: her husband, sons, nieces, nephews, friends, and especially the ministers who guided and enriched her life – Dr. Peter Marshall, Dr. Harry Bryan, Dr. Bill Kadel, and Rev. Elizabeth Forester; all of whom helped make her the optimistic, thoughtful, and caring person we so loved.
Helen is survived by her sons; Darrell Worth Middleton, Jr. of Oklahoma City, OK and John Middleton (Sondra), of Morganton, NC; daughter-in law, Lisa Middleton of Raleigh, as well as 6 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband; her son, Robert Middleton; brothers, Rev. Charles Kirkpatrick, Palmer Kirkpatrick, Mills Kirkpatrick; and sister, Katie Snyder. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Scotia Village, 2200 Elm Ave., Laurinburg, NC 28352 or Old Laurel Hill Presbyterian Church, 15301 McFarland Rd., Laurinburg, NC 28352.
McDougald Funeral Home and Crematorium is serving the family.
Online condolences to www.mcdougald.com