2018-05-23 / Obituaries

Hut Hightower


Hilton Echols “Hut” Hightower Jr., 74, of 2090 Giles Hightower Rd., Blakely, Ga., passed away Friday evening, May 18, 2018, at his residence.

His funeral was held on Tuesday, May 22, 2018, at 2 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church with Dr. Alex Howell officiating.

The family received friends for visitation starting at 1 o'clock in the Social Hall. A private, family only, burial followed in the Crossroads Cemetery, Damascus, Ga.

Active pallbearers were Eugene “Little Man” Menette, Nelson Hattaway, Jeromey Gillespie, Sam Hattaway, Earl Middleton, Tommy Sasser, Ron Wilson and J.W. Willis.

Honorary pallbearers were Robert Brownlee, Phil Clinkscales, Judge Tracy Moulton, Dr. Butch Mulherin and Jimmy Sealy.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First United Methodist Church Youth Fund at P.O. Box 265, Blakely, GA 39823.

Hut was born on Dec. 31, 1943, in Cuthbert, Ga., to the late Hilton Echols Hightower Sr. and Thelma “T” Duke Hightower. He was a member of First United Methodist Church, a retired farmer, and former member of the National Guard. Hut attended Culver Military Academy in Indianapolis, Ind., and graduated in 1961. He also was a graduate of the University of Georgia, having received a bachelor's degree in journalism.

His survivors include his wife, Mary Jo Boswell Hightower of Blakely; three children, Amy Hightower Dent and husband Joseph of Albany, Ga., Hilton E. Hightower III and wife Elizabeth of Tallahassee, Fla., and Kimberly Herring Cook of Atlanta, Ga.; and a brother, Robert LeSueur “Bob” Hightower of Blakely, Ga. Hut also has seven grandchildren, Mary Larkin Carden and Gracen Amelia Carden, both of Albany, Ga., Sophia Katherine Hightower, Ava Theresa Hightower and Lily Hilton Hightower, all of Tallahassee, Fla., Herrin Boswell Cook and Benjamin Hayden Cook III, both of Atlanta, Ga.

Manry-Jordan- Hodges Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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