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Lafayette High School Junior Perishes in Car Crash

Isaiah Middleton, 16, died Thursday in a wreck. He was a junior at LHS.
Photo via Facebook

By Alyssa Schnugg
News Editor

Black ribbons were hung on the doors of Lafayette High School Monday morning in honor and memory of junior Isaiah Daniel Middleton, 16, of Harmontown who died Thursday in a car wreck in Panola County.

Black ribbons were hung in memory and mourning at Lafayette High Monday morning.

“It is with great sadness we announce the passing of one of our own …  We ask that you keep his family, as well as his classmates, in your thoughts and prayers. He was beloved by many,” stated the school’s Facebook post.

According to Panola County Sheriff Investigator and Accident Reconstrionalist John Still, deputies responded at about 11:45 p.m. to the intersection of Smart Road and Highway 310 for a wreck.
Middleton’s Chevy Traiblazer collided with another vehicle and overturned. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The other driver was not injured. Still said there was no immediate evidence that alcohol was a factor in the wreck.
“The cause is still under investigation,” he said Tuesday.

Middleton who planned on being a mechanic after school, loved riding four-wheelers and was very close to his mother and siblings and was “always willing to help anyone he could,” according to his obituary.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by Pate Jones Funeral Home in Senatobia.

Visitation will be from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20 at Harmontown Baptist Church. The funeral service will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, also at the church.

Isaiah is survived by his mother, Lisa Marie Middleton (Damieon Leach); brother, Nathaniel Embrey; sister, Kaidence Leach all of Harmontown; stepfather, Bryan Babb of Hernando; grandmother, Annie Middleton of Coldwater; grandfathers, Jimmy Middleton of Coldwater and Bryan Keith Babb of Covington, Tenn.; grandparents, Mary and Jarred Warren of Harmontown; stepbrothers, Benson Babb and Dalton Babb both of Hernando.

He was preceded in death by his “Nana,” Doris Babb.

A “truck meet” will be held in Middleton’s memory at 2 p.m. on Aug. 24 in Harmontown. Donations for Middleton’s mother will be collected.


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