Ruth Pittman Middleton

Ruth Pittman Middleton, 98, of Winona passed away on Friday, October 13, 2017, at Greenwood-Leflore Hospital after suffering a broken hip on Monday, October 2, and the resulting heart failure.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. on Monday, October 16, at Oliver Funeral Home with visitation one hour prior to services. Rev. Linda Malone officiated, and burial followed in Lambert Memorial Cemetery, Lambert.

Middleton was born in the Lodi community of Montgomery County to Mattie Bell Stoker and William Nuit Pittman on January 31, 1919. She was the last surviving member of the Alva High School Class of 1937. She was widowed at age 39, then worked as an advertising clerk for Lewis Grocery Company in Indianola until her retirement in 1982.

In addition to her parents, Middleton was preceded in death by her husband, James Aubrey Middleton; son Robert; sisters, Mary Lynn Castle,  Iris Patridge, and Frances Montgomery; brothers, Arnold Pittman, Harold Pittman, Nuit Pittman, and Paul Pittman.

Middleton is survived by her daughter, Carole Richardson (Bob) of Lexington, Ala.; son, James Middleton (Gloria) and de facto son, Sam Pittman, both of Winona; grandchildren, Marcie Middleton of Charlotte, N.C., Marc Middleton of Greenville, S.C., Elizabeth Moorman of Winona, Katherine Crowder (Marty) of Ackerman, Marilaine Ferguson (Shae) of Winona, Debbie White of Knoxville, Tenn., Bobby Middleton (Beth) of Birmingham, Ala., Jason Burchfield (Katina) of Huntsville, Ala., and Dena DeMaioribus (David) of Huntsville, Ala.; 15 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Pallbearers were Arnie Pittman, Harold Pittman, Marc Middleton, Bobby Middleton, Jason Burchfield, Marty Crowder, Shae Ferguson, Wiley Charles Prewitt, and Joseph Prewitt. Honorary pallbearers were Paul Pittman, Wiley Prewitt, Steve West, Hank Holmes, and David Putman.

Memorials may be made to the Lambert Cemetery Assoc., Post Office Box 23, Lambert, MS 38643 or charity of donor's choice.

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