Grand Strand Chapter

  Lt Colonel (Ret) Thomas Clinton Middleton

                                                May 20, 1940-March 17, 2018

Lt Colonel Thomas Clinton Middleton Jr.,77, of North Myrtle Beach, SC passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on 03/17/2018. Born on May 20, 1940, in Hartsville, SC, he was the son of the late Thomas Clinton Middleton and Jessie Perry Middleton. In addition to his parents, Tom is preceded in death by his son Robert Middleton, daughters Julie Middleton, Sherrie Middleton, and his brother Robin Earl Middleton. Survivors include his wife Delores Garcia Middleton, sister Gail Middleton Leaird, son Thomas Clinton Middleton III, two grandchildren, Jarrett Middleton Dancha, Reece Middleton and nephews, Robin Meade Middleton and Bo Vaden. Mr. Middleton proudly served his country in the U.S. Army Military Intelligence Branch. He graduated from Presbyterian College with a bachelor's degree. He earned his master's degree in criminal justice from the University of Baltimore and was selected to attend the FBI national academy. He retired from the Army as a lieutenant colonel in 1984. He started his second career in real estate in Ft Meade, MD. In 1991, he was recalled to active duty and served in the U.S. Army Escort Detachment at Ft. Meade. He was involved in the Green Beret incident which is written about in the book "A Murder in Wartime" by Jeff Stein. After being released from active duty, Tom moved to Myrtle Beach where he renewed his real estate career with Grand Strand Realty. Tom was known for his Wednesday night Happy Hours which he and his wife hosted up and down the Grand Strand for 23 years. They have had hundreds of people attend the parties and several couples who met at the parties would later get married. Tom was a member of the Myrtle Beach Republican Club, Vietnam Veterans Club, Optimist Club, VFW, American Legion, MOAA, FBI Academy Association, Tea Party, CCA Realtors, and Vice President of the Ski and Outing Club. Tom loved to play golf, the beach, beach music, shagging and meeting new people. Tom never met a stranger.
A celebration of life was held at: Whiskey Beach Bar & Grill Gallaria Shopping Center 9668 Kings Highway.
In lieu of flowers, friends and family were asked to send memorials  to the
DAV, P.O. Box 30637, Myrtle Beach, S.C. 29588 or The Grand Strand Miracle League ,PO Box 7503, Myrtle Beach, SC 28572, which was a big passion of Tom's.


Published in The Sun News from Mar. 25 to Apr. 1, 2018




Captain Ross A. Word USN (Ret), age 71, passed away Monday, June 4, 2018 at his residence.

Born May 2, 1947 in Honolulu, HI, he was the son of the late Colonel William E. Word, USMC (ret) and late Thalia Hettama Word. Mr. Word proudly served his country in the US Navy and was a Veteran of the Vietnam War. He served 25 years as a Combat Vet. He was awarded 5 Air Medals, 3 Navy Commendations with combat, and a Distinguished Flying Cross, also earned in combat. Following his retirement, he worked as an instructor with Horry County Schools NJROTC as an SNSI (Senior Naval Science Instructor) for 20 years. Mr. Word was a member of the Masonic Conway Lodge No. 65.

Surviving are his wife of 33 years, Susan Greenhalgh Word of Conway; two sons, Stephen Word of Phoenix, AZ and William Word of Myrtle Beach; four daughters, Leah Word Peterson of Hudson, OH, Julia Word Casper of San Antonio, TX, Jacqueline Word Neumann of Wake Forest, NC, Thalia Word of Roanoke, VA; six grandchildren; in laws, Captain William and Dianne Greenhalgh of Myrtle Beach; one brother, Kenneth Word of Honolulu, HI; and two sisters, Leslie Bateman of Tacoma, WA and Sydney Beckett of Eureka, CA.

Captain Word was a vital member of the Grand Strand Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America, not only serving as its President but also reviving it from a dormant state, initiating our growth into the thriving organization it is today.



          11 April 1942 -- 6 September 2018

Retired Army Colonel and former Director of the Indiana Veterans Home, Robert T. (Bob) Hawkins, born on April 11, 1942 in Indianapolis, IN passed away on Sunday, September 2, 2018.
He was the son of the late Mr. & Mrs. A. Floyd Hawkins and brother of the late A. Floyd Hawkins, Jr. He is survived by his wife Fran; daughter Robin and son-in-law Mike Pineda and granddaughters Liliann and Parker; brother-in-law Dick Bennett and Anita; sister-in-law, Esther Benton and several nieces and nephews.
He was an active member of his community, volunteering in numerous organizations to promote the needs of veterans and others. He received the Volunteer of the Year Award for the city of Myrtle Beach as well as the Strom Thurmond Distinguished Public Service Award from the American Legion.
During his twenty eight years of service in the Army, he received numerous accommodations including: The Bronze Star for service in Vietnam, The Legion of Merit (with 2 Oak Leaf clusters), Meritorious Service Medal (with 4 Oak Leaf clusters), Army Commendation Medal (with 4 Oak Leaf clusters), and Order of Military Medical Merit. 
He touched the lives of many individuals and will be missed. We love you Papa!

A funeral service was held at 2:00 pm Thursday, September 6, 2018 at Goldfinch Funeral Home, Beach Chapel. The family received friends from 1:00-1:45 pm prior to the service. Burial will be held at a later date in Arlington National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: The American Red Cross, 104 Screven Street, Georgetown, SC 29440 or MOAA Grand Strand Chapter, PO Box 15842, Surfside Beach, SC 29587-5842.
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In summation, allow us to say that Bob was a inspiration to his family, the community and certainly to all of us at the Grand Strand Chapter of MOAA.

MOAA Grand Strand Chapter is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

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