ORANGEBURG -- Funeral services for Abraham Lincoln Middleton, 75 of 1790 Sawaga St. NE, Orangeburg, will be held Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019, at Edisto Fork U.M. Church, 356 Lariot Road, Orangeburg, at 3 p.m., the Rev. Ellis White Jr. officiating. Interment, Moses Lee Memorial Garden, Cross. The body will lie in state at the church the day of the service from 1 p.m. until the hour of service.
A public viewing will be held today, from 1 to 5 p.m. at Shuler-Marshall Funeral Home, 1235 Unity Road, Holly Hill. Abraham Lincoln Middleton began his journey of life, July 16, 1944, in Eutawville, South Carolina. Born into a family of 12 children, his late parents Cicero and Mary Middleton raised him to fear the Lord. On Friday, Oct. 25, 2019, Abraham transitioned to be with the Lord at the Regional Medical Center, Orangeburg. During his 75 years on earth, this husband, father, brother, and friend lived a happy and joyous life. He touched the lives of many people with his humor, compassion and love.
Abraham was a lifelong member of Greater St. Paul United Methodist Church, where he served faithfully on the finance committee and trustee board. He received his education in the Orangeburg County public school system and was a 1964 graduate of Roberts High School, Holly Hill, South Carolina. He was employed in various capacities throughout the county, …..and finally pursued his lifelong dream of becoming an entrepreneur. He was the owner and operator of Middleton Masonry and also the Triple L Lounge, (Link's Place) Eutawville.
Affectionately known as “Link”, Abraham never met a stranger! He was quick witted and never parted your presence without a good hearty laugh! He loved grilling and spent his pastime mastering the craft! Dubbed the “Grill Master” by his family and friends, he would oftentimes be seen driving between job sites with his unique customized gas grill hooked to his truck, cooking his signature meats that were based with his wife Janette's secret barbeque sauce. He was a main fixture at tailgating events and barbeques held throughout the county. We will sorely miss “Link” and his tasty barbeque!
In addition to his parents, Abraham was preceded in death by seven siblings, Samuel, Rose, William, Emily, Eloise, Ruth and Robert.
He leaves to cherish fond memories, his wife of 52 years, Janette Randolph Middleton of the home; one daughter, Valarie (Octavius) Davies, Winston Salem, North Carolina; one son, Maurice Middleton of the home; two granddaughters, Hannah Davies, and Faith Davies, Winston Salem, North Carolina; four siblings, Julia Jackson and Wilhelmena Middleton, New York, Carol (Phillip) Briggman, Orangeburg; Moses (Dollie) Middleton, Eutawville; sisters- in-law, Anna Middleton, Columbia, Ethel B. Moseley, Orangeburg; brothers-in-law, James Cobbs and Joerod Breland, Orangeburg; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.