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Depayne V. Middleton-Doctor



06/17/2015 CHARLESTON, SC

Reverend Depayne Vontrese Middleton-Doctor was born December 15, 1965 in South Carolina. DePayne Middleton-Doctor was the middle child of three daughters born to the Reverend Leroy and Mrs. Frances Middleton. The girls grew up attending an African Methodist Episcopal church west of Charleston. Their father was an AME minister.

Reverend Middleton-Doctor was a former manager at the U. S. Department of Commerce and a former Charleston County community development director. She had been employed for several years by Charleston County, where she helped administer grants aimed at helping the county’s poorest residents with problems they couldn’t otherwise afford repairs such as re roofing. Reverend Middleton-Doctor retired in 2005 as Charleston County director of the Community Development Block Grant Program. She later worked as an admissions coordinator for Southern Wesleyan’s Charleston learning center.

She graduated from Southern Wesleyan University. She was a minister and sang in the Mother Emanuel AME Church choir. Whether she was working with college students or Charleston’s poorest residents, she just wanted to be in a position to help people.

She was the mother of Gracyn, Kaylin, Hali and Czana Doctor and the beloved daughter of Reverend Leroy and Frances Middleton. She was a resident of Hollywood, SC.

Reverend Middleton-Doctor’s voice was “so angelic it could move the very depth of your heart,” a friend once said. “How do you describe an angel?”

Worshipers and friends said Middleton-Doctor could instantly move an audience to stand, clap and even cry with her angelic voice, a gift she used since she was a little girl to sing gospel music.


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