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Harry Frederick Middleton, Jr
Birth: Dec. 28, 1949, Germany
Death: Jul. 28, 1993
Alabama, USA

Harry Middleton was a distinguished writer who specialized in fishing books and outdoor magazine feature articles. His first published book was The Earth is Enough in 1989 followed by On The Spine of Time in 1991. He also authored three other books: Rivers of Memory , The Starlight Creek Angling Society and The Bright Country . He died unexpectedly in Birmingham , Alabama in 1993.

Published Obit :

Harry F. Middleton Jr. Newspaper Obituary
Birmingham News (AL), July 30, 1993
DEATHS Section: Obits, Page: 4-01

Harry Middleton, writer, restaurant reviewer, dies at 43

Harry Middleton - a writer whose work brought him more fame and friends than fortune - died Wednesday of an apparent heart attack. He was 43.

Mr. Middleton's work included seven books, the latest of which is due for publication from Simon and Schuster in early August; stories for The New York Times, Field & Stream and Smithsonian; articles for Southern Living, Progressive Farmer and Southern Accents; and, since April, restaurant reviews for The Birmingham News.

But his success never brought wealth, and in recent years, Mr. Middleton earned his living at a series of odd jobs.

His love of the outdoors was evident in the titles of some of his books: The Earth is Enough, Rivers of Memory, The Starlight Creek Angling Society and On the Spine of Time. The new book, The Bright Country, is Mr. Middleton's memoir of his struggle to regain his balance after losing his job. An advance review from Publisher's Weekly says the "unusual volume is beautifully written."

After college - he was an English major at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, La., and earned a master's degree in Western history at Louisiana State University - Mr. Middleton lived in New Orleans, where he wrote about food, art, music and books for Figaro, an alternative newspaper. He moved to Birmingham eight years ago to work for Southern Progress. His first novel was published in 1989.

"If you want to know the best about Harry, know what he wrote," said John Logue, now retired from Southern Progress, where he was creative director. "The thing he was meant to do, he has already done, and that's his books.

"Harry was a contradiction: On the one hand, he was the kind of guy you'd love to go fishing with, although I never did; on the other hand, he could be fairly hostile about anyone editing his work. It meant that much to him."

Memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Bluff Park United Methodist Church, with burial in Jefferson Memorial Gardens South.

Survivors are his wife, Mrs. Marcy Middleton; sons, Travis and Sean Middleton; father, Harry Frederick Middleton, Scottsdale, Ariz.; sister, Mrs. Donna Middleton Bates; grandparents, Mrs. Rose Middleton, Shreveport, La., and Travis Jones, Arkansas.

Family links: 
  Harry Fredrick Middleton (1928 - 2003)
  Donna Faye Middleton (1925 - 1989)
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Jefferson Memorial Gardens South
Jefferson County
Alabama, USA
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Record added: Feb 06, 2009
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Harry Frederick Middleton, Jr
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- bob tarte
 Added: Jun. 26, 2016
"Perhaps I could just lease a place in heaven, in case there's no decent trout water there." - Emerson Newell, 1965
- Starlight Creek Angling Society
 Added: May. 12, 2015
Every time I fish the Smokies, I cool a root beer in the stream in your memory. Hoping to pass on some of your literature and what it means to my own boys.
- Joseph Curry
 Added: Jun. 23, 2014
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