Eugene Maurice Middleton was born on June 17, 1946to his predeceased parents, Lawrence Richard Middleton & Gladys N. Partlow Middleton. Eugene passed away into God's grace on March 22, 2023 after a long and difficult battle with Dementia & Alzheimer's Disease.
Eugene was raised in Turner Station (Baltimore County, MD) with his parents, five brothers and one sister. When all the other siblings and neighborhood children attended Sollers Point High School, Eugene was one of 10 students out of hundreds to be chosen to begin racial integration at Dundalk High School. Only the top students were chosen. Eugene was extremely intelligent and maintained straight A's throughout school including high school. He was respected as the smartest in the family, in the neighborhood, and could hold a discussion and answer any question regarding any topic including his favorite topic of world news. He was very popular in school. Everyone loved him including the students and teachers. Eugene was an avid reader and enjoyed indulging himself in reading books as the others played. He enjoyed helping his younger siblings with their school work. He was the top student in all of his classes.
While Eugene's brothers were athletes in their favorite sports of football, basketball and baseball, Eugene preferred swimming, tennis, golf, and track and field. He was a champion hurdle jumper. As a scholar athlete, he received a scholarship to attend the University of MD @ College Park, in a time when few blacks attended college.
Eugene's first jobs after high school included being a golf caddy and following in the footsteps of his father and older brothers by working at Bethlehem Steel.
Following college, Eugene became a leader at BDC (Black Man's Development Center) in Washington, D.C. As a leader at BDC, he raised funds to sustain the organization's mission of maintaining its families and the community programs including drug rehabilitation and the homeless assistance program. Eugene was a very powerful impactful speaker in the 60's & 70's. He was feared and highly respected. He was very articulate with a vast vocabulary.
Eugene, also known as Rashid Muntaqim Anwar-Bey, served as the Captain of the volunteer Black Man's Army of Liberation.
From his union with the love of his life, his previous wife, Heleva Middleton, they reared two sons and one daughter: Talib Middleton, Monifa Middleton and Arshad Middleton.
Eugene was a devoted member of the family church, Mt Olive Baptist Church in Turner Station under the leadership of the late Pastor Fleming. As a child, Eugene faithfully attended Sunday school and church each and every Sunday (when sick, in the snow, rain, sleet, as was expected). Eugene also sang on the Youth Choir. Eugene and his mother guided his children to be baptized there also.
Eugene's illustrious career included working as a Real Estate Agent & Broker, Car Salesman, and Life Insurance Salesman. He received the Top Sales Awards at all of his jobs. He had the reputation of being able to sell water to the ocean, and ice to an eskimo, breaking all records across all industries. He often switched vehicles driving the newest models of the best luxury cars.
Everyone who knew Eugene knew he loved music and truly loved to dance. He was an excellent hand dancer. All the guys wanted to be him and all the girls waited patiently to dance with the star dancer. His favorite songs that he played continuously were "The Greatest Love of All", "We are the World", and his top favorite gospel song, "Jesus Be a Fence All Around Me".
Reading the newspaper and clipping coupons was one of his favorite pastimes, in addition to watching the news. Eugene enjoyed his hobby of photography and developing his own black and white photos in his self-made dark room.
Eugene was predeceased by his parents, Lawrence R. & Gladys N. Middleton, his older brother Lawrence "Boxing Champion Larry" Middleton, his younger sister, Gwendolyn Middleton, and his younger brother, William Richard "Ricky" Middleton. He was also predeceased by his grandsons, Maurice Eugene Jackson & Joshua Zwadi Jackson.
Eugene leaves to mourn his brothers, James Queen, Glenard Middleton, and Jimm Middleton. Sister in laws, Sharon Green Middleton & Cyndi Middleton. Eugene is survived by his children, Talib Middleton, Monifa Jones, and Arshad Middleton. Daughter in law, Dermeitra "Dee" Middleton & son in law, Michael Jones. He is also survived by his grandchildren: Julius Jackson IV (& wife Nastashia "Tasha" Jackson), Josiah Jackson, Jahee Jackson, Syesa Middleton, Asaad Middleton, Safia Middleton, and Liam Brumfield. Also, one great-granddaughter, Zuri Jackson. Eugene leaves to mourn countless nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives and friends.
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