Willie James Hightower, age 78, a native of Coffeeville and a resident of Mobile, was born to the parentage of the late Earlie Hightower and Pairlee Smith Hightower. He departed this life March 11, 2012 in Mobile at the home of his daughter, Rosemary.
At an early age, he united with Union Baptist Church of Coffeeville where he remained a member. Mr. Hightower retired from the Corps of Engineers as a graphic artist after more than 30 years of employment. He was honorably discharged from the United States Army following a tour of duty to England, France, Belgium, and Germany.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 44 years, Addie Mae Moore Hightower; paternal grandparents, Willie Hightower and Zuma Brown Hightower; maternal grandparents, John Smith, Jr. and Dinah Williams Smith; great-grandparents, John Figures McCorquodale and Amanda Edgar McCorquodale, and Foster Brown and Tempie Brown; and a great grandson, Jonathan Ross Alexander.
He is survived by one son, Willie James Hightower, II of Mobile; and three daughters; Vanessa Ann (Bernard) Nicolas; Jocelin (Tracy) Harris; and Rosemary (David) Ray, all of Mobile; nine grandchildren; Justin Alexander; Erika, Michael, and Alicia Harris; Evette, Emmanuel, and Phillip Iweka; and Sean and Chanel Ray, who were also devoted caregivers. three sisters, Rosie Lee Robinson of Oakland, CA; Mary Lee (Bill) Harris of Seale, AL and Louise Watkins of San Francisco, CA.; four special friends, Emma Jean Gould and Pearlie Bell, both of Coffeeville; Sarah Boggs and Lee Anderson, both of Mobile.
Services were Sat., March 17, 11 a.m. from Union Baptist Church of Coffeeville, Rev. Vayton Chapman, pastor and eulogist.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to one of the Mr. Hightower’s favorite charities; namely the United States Olympic Committee, National Museum of the American Indian, Saint Joseph’s Indian School, Alabama Public Television, and National Parks Conservation Association.
Special thanks to Dr. Edward Carlos and staff, Infirmary Home Health, Covenant Hospice & Cogburn Health and Rehab (Tuscaloosa Street location), Mobile, AL.
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