|Birth: ||Jan. 27, 1965|
|Death: ||Dec. 10, 2013|
Frank faced challenges from the time he was a small boy. To begin with, he inherited some learning disorders from his father. When he was eight years old he contracted Reyes Syndrome and suffered irreparable brain damage as a result. He was lucky to have survived. Of eight children in Florida that had it at the time, Frank was the only one that lived.
His childhood was further complicated when his mother and father went through a most hateful divorce. How that must have affected little Frank.
Nonetheless Frank was functional in many ways. After moving to Georgia to live with his Dad sometime around the age of 18, Frank worked on an assembly line at the Rheem manufacturing facilty in Milledgeville. He even owned his own truck – though to ride with him was surely a frightening experience! His daddy told me about an incident while Frank was learning to drive. He said "Now Frank I want you to turn right at the next red-light". When they reached the light, Frank kept going straight. "Frank! I told you to turn right at the next red-light!" said Jim. Frank replied "Well it was a green light Daddy" The memory of that makes me smile.
Frank had a cheerful disposition, and could always be found with a smile on his face. Around the factory where he worked he was known as Baby Frank. I'm told he had many friends among the employees there.
When Frank's mother passed away in 1997 he took it very hard. Over the next six months or so he sank into a dark depression wherein he obsessed about all things to do with death and dying. During this time Frank lost the ability to focus on tasks before him and it cost him his job at the plant. For the next twelve years Frank struggled with his ability to function even at a rudimentary level. It was tough on both Frank and his Dad, and I will always believe that the stress of dealing with the son hastened the father's passing.
In December of 2009 Frank's father (my brother) died, and Frank again sank into depression. Whereas before he was at least somewhat responsive and malleable, he now became withdrawn, sullen, and uncooperative with anyone and everyone. He moved to Florida under my care, but that quickly proved impossible since my wife and I worked full time, and dealing with Frank also required full time attention.
There were several assisted living facilities and nursing homes over the next four years, but the folks at Riverwood Center and the folks at North Florida Community Hospice were wonderful to Frank. He got the very best care imaginable there.
One thing that Frank always could be counted on to do was EAT. But even eating became a challenge for him over this last year. Essentially Frank slowly starved himself to death. He would go for days at a time without eating, and then eat fairly normally for a day or two, and then start the process of starving all over again. When the nurse told me last month that he was down to 70 pounds I knew that Frank was getting ready to go home to be with his Daddy and Mama.
It's been a long and very tough road for my nephew. He could be trying at times, but I keep remembering that sweet child that I grew up with. Now Frank is reunited with both parents and no longer is he burdened with the afflictions that tormented him all his days.
Rest in peace nephew.
Frank will be cremated and interred at Swainsboro City Cemetery - beside his father. There will be a private grave-side service on Saturday Dec 28, 2013 officiated by Frank's Great-Uncle Reverend H. Daniel Eidson.
James Sherrod Middleton (1942 - 2009)
Elizabeth Ann Eckerd Ihler (1943 - 1997)
Swainsboro City Cemetery
Created by: Tony Middleton
Record added: Dec 10, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 121527141
It has been 1 year today since you passed away Frank, think about you often.|
Added: Dec. 10, 2014
Thinking about you today Frank.|
Added: Dec. 10, 2014
Yesterday would have been your 49th birthday...Think about you often Frank. Lorraine|
Added: Jan. 28, 2014
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