Harlan County mourns loss of longtime magistrate

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Published: Jan. 25, 2023 at 7:46 AM EST
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HARLAN COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - The Harlan County Fiscal Court and community are mourning the death of Clark “Sparky” Middleton.

Harlan County Judge-Executive Dan Mosley announced Middleton’s death Tuesday on Facebook. Middleton was 56.

Middleton served as Magistrate of District No. 1 which covers areas like Coxton, Blackjoe, Golden Ash, among others.

He recently began his 9th year as magistrate. Middleton also served as constable at one point.

His visitation will begin at 5 p.m. on Friday. The funeral services will follow beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the Chapel of the Henson & Rich Funeral Home. Rev. Troy Saylor will be officiating.

Masonic graveside services will begin at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 28 at the Middleton Cemetery with family and friends serving as pallbearers.

Magistrate of District No. 3, Paul Browning, said on Facebook he is saddened by Middleton’s death and asked people keep his family in their prayers.