Dr. John Berry Middleton

Born in Arcadia, LA on August 9, 1950

Departed on March 30, 2014 and resided in Hendersonville, TN

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Dr. John Berry Middleton-age 63, went to be with our Lord on Sunday, March 30, 2014. As a young man, he played trumpet and was active in Boy Scouts, rising to the level of Eagle Scout in the Order of the Arrow. He was also an assistant Scout master of Troop 75 in Hendersonville. Born and raised in Arcadia, LA, he was a Family Practice Doctor there for 8 years, and practiced in Hendersonville for 16 years. He was loved by many and will be missed by all who knew him.
He is preceded in death by his mother, Dorothy Middleton. Berry is survived by his loving wife of 38 years, Jeanne Walden Middleton; sons, Peter and Daniel Middleton; daughter, Jennifer (Jake) Holt; 4 grandchildren, Jackson, Joseph, Eliana, and Elise Holt. He is also survived by his father, Henry Middleton (Ruth); brothers, Huson (Kathy), Tom (Alice), Bruce (Jan); sister, Kathleen (Sam) Newell; and many nephews and nieces.
A life celebration service will be held on Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at 10 a.m. in the Chapel of Long Hollow Baptist Church. Burial will follow in Hendersonville Memory Gardens. Visitation will be held Monday evening from 4-8pm at Hendersonville Funeral Home, 353 Johnny Cash Pkwy Hendersonville, TN 37075, (615) 824-3855, springfieldfh.wpengine.com

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60 Comments to Dr. John Berry Middleton

  1. Wayne and Lynda Jones
    March 30, 2014 10:36 pm

    Our prayers are with all of the family at this time. Berry was a very special and unique man, loved by all-friends, family and patients. Heaven is a brighter place tonight with Berry there. All the angels were singing as he entered in to be with his Lord and family. He will be missed. Love to all.

  2. Sheila Boyd
    March 31, 2014 12:21 am

    Prayers to all of the family. We have many sweet memories of Berry and all of the Middletons. Beverly Wilhite is sending her love too. She spoke of him often as I kept her updated. And Jenny, Sabrina is sending her prayers and love too. I am sure that Berry was welcomed into Heaven with all the singing of the angels. If there is anything here in Arcadia that I can help with please let me know. And may God surround you with His comforting love. Love ya bunches!

  3. Nanette Whatley Choate
    March 31, 2014 9:14 am

    Dr. Berry was the first one to know I was expecting my precious daughter and many years prior to that he was the one to take care of my sweet father-in-law during his last moments. His kindness and understanding will stay in my heart all the rest of my life. Be at peace Dr. Berry.

  4. Kim Uldrich
    March 31, 2014 11:02 am

    I am so very sorry to hear of Dr. Middleton’s passing. He was one always one of my favorite docs during his time here @ Hendersonville Medical Center. He was one of the first docs that I came to know when I started my career @ HMC. I will always remember him as very kind, mild-mannered and patient. He was so friendly and always made me feel at ease when he was around.

  5. Sharon Smith Northern
    March 31, 2014 11:48 am

    My family and I are so sad to hear about Dr. Middleton’s passing. One of my absolute favorite doctors that I’ve ever had. He had a wonderful bedside manner and a fabulous sense of humor. God bless him and the whole family.

  6. Mike McCallister
    March 31, 2014 12:59 pm

    Verry was my lifelong friend, classmater, roommate in college, even stood up in my first marriage. He was a beautiful, a fine inellect and a doctor full of grace and epathy. I was one of the guys who sang for him at the AHS Reunion recently. I wish I had talked with him more.


  7. Timothy Krenik
    March 31, 2014 1:44 pm

    my condolences to the family TK

  8. Pat and Fran Smith and James Walker
    March 31, 2014 1:49 pm

    We are so sorry for ya’lls loss. sending ya’ll prayers for comfort and peace at this time,

  9. JR and Felicia Baldonado
    March 31, 2014 1:54 pm

    Sending my condolences to the entire Middleton family. May God give you all peace and comfort during this time.

  10. Barbara Holland
    March 31, 2014 3:23 pm

    I have many fond memories of Dr. Berry, as our family Dr. here in Arcadia. When we first found out my daughter was hearing impared at eight months old, Dr Berry called his College professor, and got us an appointment in New Orleans to be able to confirm a more accurate diagnosis. That was thirty years ago.His personal caring meant the world to us.. My sincere condolences to his family.

  11. George McConathy
    March 31, 2014 3:31 pm

    I’m not sure if I can type anything that makes sense through the tears. Berry and I were best friends when we were young. We shared many “adventures” in the fields and woods behind either his house or my house. We were Kit Carson, Daniel Boone, Davy Crockett, and many others all rolled into one. I’m so glad I got to see him one last time at the reunion last year, thank you Jeanne for bringing him. I know the trip must have been hard on him, but I’ll cherish the memory as long as I live.

    • Jeanne Middleton
      April 13, 2014 3:56 am

      It was his request for me to bring him! God blessed so in allowing him to be able to visit with all more than he had in a while. He thoroughly enjoyed the reunion and everyone there! Jeanne

  12. Huson Middleton
    March 31, 2014 3:55 pm

    Our brother, Berry, represented all that is good in this world. And, we miss him dearly, already. His smile, his gentle, generous spirit, his readiness to help so many others, his Christian life – all are to be emulated and all will certainly be missed in this selfish world we live in. He was always ready to help his family, his felllow church members, his fellow scouts and, of course, his thousands of adoring and worshipful patients. Like the one he stayed up all night with in the intensive care unit and the many who treasured the time he spent with them on the hundreds of home visits he graciously made throughout his career. His love and kindly spirit have passed to a higher place, a place that we all aspire and long for. We who are left here on this earth already feel the void, the vacancy that he leaves as we grieve his departure. Our hearts ache for our loss. We do love him so much. He lived his faith and he touched so many lives with his loving, tender heart. He left us far too soon, but his impact and power upon our lives will last far longer.

    • Steve and Becky Reeves
      March 31, 2014 6:26 pm

      Huson, Becky and I send our condolences to you and your entire family. Though Berry was much younger than us, it is obvious that he was cut from the Middleton cloth created by Henry and Dottie, with help from the Holy Father. Please know that you all will be in our prayers and take comfort in knowing exactly where he lives today!
      Steve and Becky Reeves

    • Sharon Cowser
      March 31, 2014 8:31 pm

      Huson, Tommy and I are so sorry for your loss. Your family was always so good to all of us. God just gained another angel. Our prayers are with you all.
      Sharon & Tommy

    • Jayne McDonnell
      April 2, 2014 10:53 am

      Dr. Middleton, Kathy and Family, I am so sorry for the loss of your brother. My heart, thoughts and prayers are with you always!!! I thank God every day for having such special people like you and your family in my life. Thank you!
      Know that ALL of Gods ANGELS are with you and looking down with a warm dazzling smile : )
      Be safe and know that we miss you here at home! Jayne

    • Jeanne Middleton
      April 13, 2014 3:53 am

      Just the sweetest comment! Jeanne

  13. Diane and Rob Sauls
    March 31, 2014 4:25 pm

    We have so many good memories of Berry! He met us early one morning when Rob was headed out of town and was not well. Jenny, do you remember the time you were feeding our fish while we were out of town and the bathroom was flooded? Berry fixed the problem and cleaned up the mess. Our prayers are with all of you. We love you and wish we could be there.

    March 31, 2014 4:48 pm


  15. Susan Oakley Owens
    March 31, 2014 6:16 pm

    Thankful for wonderful memories of Berry and the Middleton family in Arcadia. We pray God’s grace will sustain you all, His peace comfort, and His love be ever present.

  16. Doreen Hamlin
    March 31, 2014 6:50 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss. You and yours are in my prayers during this time of great loss.


  17. Jim and Anita Smart
    March 31, 2014 7:43 pm

    We are sorry for the loss of Berry. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  18. Jesse and LeJoyce Adams
    March 31, 2014 8:15 pm

    Our familly sends our condolences. May GOD give you an abundance of comfort and peace.

  19. Larry and Linda Brown
    March 31, 2014 8:40 pm

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  20. Will Riesterer and Kerry Barrett
    March 31, 2014 8:47 pm

    We are sad to hear of Berry’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  21. jan
    March 31, 2014 9:19 pm

    Today was the family visitation for Berry Middleton, my brother-in-law, and brother to Bruce, Kathleen, Tom, and Huson. There are so many funny stories about Berry that Bruce has shared with me and when i looked into the casket i realized that the spirit of Berry is already gone to be with God, but his spirit will also live on in all of us. We stayed with Berry and Jeanne for a week to try and help out. Jeanne has been so strong and so kind to Berry the entire time of his illness, and we were fortunate to have that time to spend with Berry during the last part of his journey. Bruce would mention to him about the crow call they used to have, and his little smile would still manage to pop up, even though he was only in and out of a period of being alert enough to talk to him. But he smiled for that. He also smiled when Bruce mentioned that he wanted Berry to turn the light out, because when they were growing up together, they made a pact that they would take turns turning the light out at night. Bruce said Berry would go running into bed and Bruce would say, “Berry, it is your night to turn the light off,” and Berry would say, “It doesn’t bother me to have the light on,” so since it did bother Bruce to have it on, he would have to get up and turn it off. Bruce got a big smile out of that from him. I asked him if he remembered having to come down to pull me and my little truck out when i got too close to the pond. I had to walk up to his house and drag my pride behind me and ask him to get the tractor and pull me out. He gladly did it, because he was nice, and because he loved seeing me drag my pride behind me.
    When we were all working in Arcadia at the clinics, i had so many, many people tell me how much they loved Berry and what a good doctor he was. When we first moved back to Arcadia to practice surgery, our twins became sick one night with a temp of 104, but no real symptoms. I took them to see Berry and he examined them and said “Jan, they just have a virus and it will run its course.” They still had fever a couple of days later and were not eating and were actually sleeping a lot, and i called him and told him that their temp was still 104.” He said, “Jan, i am going to come over and break your thermometer.”
    They got well just like he said they would and i got to keep my thermometer. There are many funny stories we all have about Berry we can remember. We can remember his infectious laugh, his love of building and tractors, and the goodness of him. I saw God’s light on Berry and i know he is free at last from these last trials and is watching over us and still smiling. I will know every time i mess up Berry is up there smiling, and going, “Oh, Jan.”

  22. Bobby Williams
    March 31, 2014 9:43 pm

    I was going to write a comment until I read Husons writings and to me what he said was Berry. I know he will deeply be missed by everyone but who wouldn,t miss Barry. I think of the times we had at Grandaddys home in Florida and I always smile when I think of Berry. I know he will be with the lord, Aunt Dot, Daddy, Mark, PaPa and MaMa Williams, JoAnn and others that knew Berry. With love Bobby and Shirleen Williams

    • Jeanne Middleton
      April 13, 2014 3:50 am

      He loved his every visit to Florida and he held those times during growing up very specially! Thanks so much for your call! The many memories we have that make us smile help to get us through the feelings of loss. Jeanne Middleton

  23. Gwen Dingler
    March 31, 2014 9:47 pm

    Jeanne I’m so sorry to hear this news! Saw it on Facebook. I’ve thought of you so often through the years. Precious memories
    of you and the family. My prayers are with you.

  24. Dale & Wanda Holt
    March 31, 2014 10:07 pm

    Dale and I are saddened to hear of your loss of Berry. Berry is now in the presence of our Lord, and we are sure he is rejoicing and having a great time. We grieve with the rest of those who knew and loved him. He was a kind, good man! God bless and comfort each one of you! Love, Dale & Wanda Holt

  25. Moe Letlow
    March 31, 2014 10:09 pm

    All of us have lost a very good friend. I remember in 1987, when I was completing the sprinkler system for his house on the hill, he came to check on the job and asked me if I would like to be a nursing home administrator. I never had thought about that career, but I was hot and tired and told him, “Sounds like a good job to me.” A few days later I met with the owners of Arcadia Manor and they hired me. All because Berry put in a good word for me. Many great memories of growing up with his family, the Possum Festival, serving with him as a deacon at FBC Arcadia and sharing the feeling among many, many more that we all had our own personal physician whenever we needed him. He was a friend to all and will be greatly missed. Middleton family, I will continue praying for all of you and look forward to my reunion with Berry someday.

  26. Ray & Elaine
    March 31, 2014 11:47 pm

    We continue to pray for the entire Middleton family who have meant so much to us over the past 50 years.
    Berry was one of those “Special” Middleton boys who always had a smile and a “hello” for Elaine and me.
    We have come to appreciate each and every one of the Middleton family and especially Kathleen and Sam who have been such wonderful friends over the years.We’ll miss Berry’s soft spoken voice and that broad smile.God Bless each of you.

  27. Barbara Mullins Burch
    April 1, 2014 1:05 am

    Dr. Berry was our first doctor after moving to Arcadia. Me and my children loved him and Dr. Bruce. Our prayers are that God wraps His arms of love and peace around the whole family.

  28. Ron and Marilyn Holt
    April 1, 2014 1:14 am

    Our hearts go out to you in the loss of Berry, your beloved husband, father, dear one. Know that we are saddened by your loss. The many kindnesses of the Middleton family will always be remembered and we pray God’s comfort for you. We are thankful that you have so many precious memories and each other in this time. Love, Ron and Marilyn Holt

  29. Bob and Janet Armer
    April 1, 2014 8:53 am

    Our prayers and thoughts are with you. All memories are a tribute to the love your family shared with our home town of Arcadia.

  30. Laura Towns
    April 1, 2014 9:37 am

    I just saw on Facebook about Berry.I have so many fond memories of him and the Middleton family. My prayers go out to Jeanne and all the family. It was such a pleasure to work with Berry those years in Arcadia.

  31. Rebecca Georgia- Smelser & Joseph Smelser
    April 1, 2014 9:53 am

    I am so sorry for your loss. The entire Middleton family is in our thoughts and prayers. May the wonderful memories you have of Berry help during this difficult time.

  32. Carman de la Cruz
    April 1, 2014 10:51 am

    I wish that I had known Berry Middleton! He was so blessed to have so many loving friends and family members! My condolences and prayers go out to all who are mourning. But, even in your sorrow, hold on to the thought that a life lived with so much love never really ends, it goes on forever in the hearts of those who remember him; and, his spirit lives on forever with God!

  33. Valerie Gonzales
    April 1, 2014 11:19 am

    My thoughts and prayers are with you!


  34. Sharon Hobbs Warren
    April 1, 2014 11:31 am

    Goodbye….Berry. Your probably looking down on me right now….thinking….that crazy girl. I sat beside you sometimes….you were so quite…polite….but always very respectful of me being a girl. Most of all…always had a smile for me. I found out you went on to be a Dr. Middleton….like your dad….how awesome is that! I didnt get to know you as an adult….cause i left Arcadia….just like so many others….but a lot of me is still there…..The love of the Chandler family….which i contributed….along with Jim…a girl….”Kristy”…my only child….Berry…..thanks for being so kind to me….as i just lost my mother….not too long before i went to Arcadia….i think you felt ….I had lost something…I loved….thanks for your special sweet ways….Much Love to you…your family….save me a place….sweet
    friend….:) Sharon Hobbs Warren

  35. Randy Waller
    April 1, 2014 11:54 am

    Hey Berry. Let’s talk in the present tense. You’re not gone to me. I still remember all the good times we had in our neighborhood. Remember when you told me to come over and help you open up the creek with your homemade explosives. You had looked up how to make black powder and finally it would blowup instead of making smoke for 5 minutes. After building 7 bombs with different length fuses, you lit them and we waited for the booms. Six went off and you asked was that 6 or 7? We waiting 3 more minutes and started walking down to the creek when the largest 7th bomb went off blowing dirt all over us. Glad Dr. Middleton didn’t see that. The creek started flowing after that.
    Berry was one of my best friends in Arcadia, along with Bernie Alfred. I’ll miss you buddy. Heaven keeps getting all the good ones. See you someday…. Randy

  36. Nancy Joyner Durrett
    April 1, 2014 1:25 pm

    Berry was a joy to sit by in the band/stands at football games at the old AHS stadium. He was also a loving, caring doctor to my father for many years, as well as my grandmother when she was at the “Baptist Home”. The Middleton family was a treasure to the Arcadia/Bienville Parish community for many years. Our love and prayers to the family; you will be missed.

  37. Melissa Walker
    April 1, 2014 2:18 pm

    Dear Mr. Middleton, Huson, Tom, Bruce and Kathleen, Thinking of our childhood in Arcadia now is like dreaming of a magical place. We children had so much freedom and fun and felt the love of not only our parents, but also love from the parents of our friends. I remember Berry so vividly from when we were elementary classmates in Arcadia. He was always so kind, fun and had a ready laugh. The Middleton family home on the hill was always a great place to visit, mostly we would run out into the pasture. It seems we kids then were outside everyday if we weren’t in school or church. I agree with Nancy Joyner Durrett that the “Middleton family was a treasure.” I think of ALL of the Middletons with great fondness and send my loving thoughts and sympathy to you and to Berry’s wife and children for your great loss.
    I will keep the memory of Berry with me always.

  38. Dale and Lanette Halverson
    April 1, 2014 6:50 pm

    Berry Middleton was just a great human being.He and Jeanne and their children were such great examples of what family should be.I remember when our daughter was hospitalized hundreds of miles from us and we were beside ourselves with worry.Berry called and reassured us that he had either worked or interned(I forget which) at this hospital and he called a fellow doctor friend that was still there and had him check on her.We never forgot that he took the time to care about us and our daughter.This is just being a part of the wonderful Middleton family.

  39. Gloria and Alvin Bramlett
    April 1, 2014 7:22 pm

    Dear Middleton Family,

    Please know that we are praying for all of you that God will give you the peace and comfort that only He can give. We surely loved Dr. Berry as we do all his family. The Middleton Family has such strong roots in Arcadia and each of the children, as well as Dr. Henry and Dottie, have touched our life and the lives of the people here. We ask God’s blessings upon you during this difficult time.

  40. Jim Farrell
    April 1, 2014 7:37 pm

    Dear Huson and Kathy, I had the pleasure of meeting briefly with Berry here and knew that he was an outstanding and brave individual.My condolences to you and your loved ones.
    Jim and Ann Farrell

  41. Janelle Turner
    April 2, 2014 12:00 pm

    So sorry to hear about the passing of Dr Berry. He was our doctor when we lived in Arcadia LA and when we moved to Madison TN we were delighted to find he had moved to this area as well. With much love, Dale Wayne and Janelle Dance Turner.

  42. Melanie Mayo
    April 3, 2014 4:51 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss, words can’t express.

  43. Jeff Adams
    April 3, 2014 5:29 pm

    I didn’t hear about this until late last night. I knew Berry as a fellow adult scouter when he was Scoutmaster of Troop 75 in Hendersonville. He was a great role model for boys and made a big impact on everyone who came to know him. My thoughts go out to his family. He left us way too soon.

  44. Pamela Snow
    April 5, 2014 12:56 am

    Our condolences in the death of your beloved Berry.
    Jon & Pamela Snow

  45. Penny Godwin
    April 5, 2014 11:01 pm

    I really have no new words, just more of the same. I love you all so much & I hurt for you in this loss. Berry was a godly man & an amazing doctor. I know that you will feel his absence keenly this year as you pass various milestones without him. Let God comfort you in your grieving, take all the time you need. Know that you are being supported daily in prayer. I’m here if you need or want to talk.


  46. Laurie Camp (formerly Cook)
    April 6, 2014 12:42 pm

    Dearest Middleton Family- may the Lord bring blessings and peace to somehow bring sweetness to you in this time of sorrow. May your tears and grief from today bring healing and strength for tomorrow. Love and prayers from Colorado. I know my brother Jeff is praying, too. With love, Laurie

  47. Pat Corbin
    April 7, 2014 8:06 am

    Just found our about Dr Berry as I have been out of town. My thoughts and prayers are with his family. You knew the minute you met him he was a special person. Arcadia knew we had a treasure when he was here. My husband, who doesn’t like doctors, really liked Dr Berry. He always said he was not like most. You knew he truly cared. Rest in that he is with his savior and his final mission is accomplished!

  48. angela klinger
    April 9, 2014 5:43 am

    It is such an Honor and Joy to have served and serve the Middleton Family–John, Jeannie, and Daniel. To think, how Gracious and Loving God is to have planted a Garden on my own life’s journey with such a Beautiful Bouquet–The Middleton Family–. Most certainly is the reflection of John’s love for God, for his wife Jeannie, and his son Daniel, to have shined so brightly upon the face of life, bringing so much Faith, Hope, and Love to everyone God, so Lovingly, shared to become a part of John, Jeannie’s and Daniel’s life…I pray for the greater joy inside the many sorrowed tears, knowing that God holds precious in His Hands each and every one that is cried. I pray the comfort of the Holy Spirit for all who mourn, and I pray the Peace of Jesus Christ which He Himself promised, in His Own Last Will and Testament, before His Death. God Bless…God Peace…Love, Angie Klinger-Kroger Pharmacy-

    • Jeanne Middleton
      April 13, 2014 3:42 am

      What a precious comment! Your smile, compassion, and genuine concern always brightened my day and I look forward to seeing them in the future! You are truly a friend! God has been and continues to be good! Jeanne Middleton

  49. Terry Cooksey
    April 16, 2014 1:17 pm

    I moved to Orlando, FL back in 2011 and just received word that Dr. Middleton had passed.

    I served as an adult leader and/or scoutmaster with Troop 75 from 2004-2011. Dr. Middleton was very gracious whenever we asked him to help us with Boards of Review and scoutmaster conferences. A true gentleman and a blessing to the Scouting program. He will be missed.

  50. Jimmie D. Smith
    May 1, 2014 4:31 pm

    On behalf of the Bienville Parish Tax Assessor’s Office, our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    God Bless.
    Jimmie D. Smith and Staff

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