SEMORA — Thomas “Tommy” Mack Middleton of Hyco Lake in Semora, passed away peacefully at the Hospice Family Pavilion in Durham on March 13, 2021. Tommy was born in Carlsbad, New Mexico on Oct. 9, 1943 to Randolph and Porter Kate Middleton.
Tommy is survived by his daughter Renee Robinson and husband Tommy DeWayne of Semora,; his sister Randa Middleton and husband Bruce Turczynski of Lenoir City, Tenn., as well as, his extended family Jamie, Jackson, Cooper, and Eleanor Irvin of Concord, Christian Frakes of Cary and Joshua Frakes of Tucson, Ariz.
Although part of Tommy’s heart remained in his hometown of Carlsbad, he spent many years traveling the world working in the Energy business as a Supervisor making lasting friendships he cherished along the way. Tommy spent many years living in Craig, Colorado where he exhausted countless days river fishing with his daughter and friends. Tommy eventually settled down at Hyco Lake where he spent time boating, skiing, tubing, jet skiing and fishing. He especially loved being with family and friends and was always open to entertaining at the lake, he made you feel extremely welcomed, offering you his drink of choice, a cold Coca-Cola, as soon as you walked through the door.
For years, he was the host of a weekly Thursday night home pool game. Can you imagine the shenanigans? He was a proud, loving and generous father to both his daughter and son-in-law who he spent time with daily. Tommy had a special relationship with his little sister, Randa. She could always rely on him for elaborate details of their childhood memories. He had a vast love for all animals, especially his rescue dogs Pluto, Thor and Buddy, as well as, any dog he met. Tommy had a spark that lit up the room bringing joy, entertainment and laughs to all. He had a giving heart and a gift of making everyone feel special and loved. Tommy will be fondly remembered by family and friends as a loving father, adored papa, devoted friend, animal activist, music enthusiast, pool shark and expert grill master. Tommy will be missed by all who had the delight of knowing and loving him.
A lakeside celebration of life service will be announced to family and friends at a later date.
To honor Tommy’s love of rescue dogs, donations can be made to the Friendsville Animal Center Scholarship Program, 706 Kiser Station Road, Friendsville, TN 37737.