Mr. Bob F. Hightower went to be with the Lord on April 7, 2018 at his home with his loving wife and family by his side. He was 88 years old.
He was born to A. C. Hightower and Beulah Christina (Fisher) Hightower in Quay, Oklahoma on May 25, 1929. Growing up he worked beside his father on the farm and liked to leave the land better than he purchased it. He went to school at Fairfax and graduated from Fairfax High School in 1950.
He served in the army in the artillery from 1953 to 1955 being honorably discharged as Sergeant in September 1955. Bob and Ruth Ann (Fabian) Hightower were married on September 27, 1955. They lived in the Big Bend Area all their married life.
He worked as a part-time welder for Joe Howrey. Over the years, they raised chickens, sheep, hogs and mostly cattle. He planted cotton and other grains including wheat and milo. Bob harvested pecans since 2001. He always had a large vegetable garden.
Bob was a member of the Ralston Bible Church for several years, where he served on the church board. He also served on the Ralston School Board during the years his children were attending school. He was a member of the First Baptist Church, Ralston and retired at the age of 88 years old. Son, Joe and daughter-in-law, Amber still live on the farm where they continue farming.
Survivors include Ruth Ann of the home; children, Debbie (Chris) Ballinger of Wichita, Kansas, Mike (Kim) Hightower of Orlando, Florida and Joe (Amber) Hightower of the Big Bend; grandchildren include Ben, Matthew, Jake, Haili, Kelsie, Cody and Quentin; nine great grandchildren with another one on the way; nieces, Barbara (Travis) Anson and family, Christy (Carl) Moxley and family.
He was preceded in death by his parents; as well as siblings, Jack Hightower, Janie Phillippe and Mildred Thompson.
A funeral service will be held at 2 pm in the Ralston First Baptist Church on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 with Reverend Roy Emmons, Sr. and Reverend Roy Emmons, Jr. officiating. Immediate burial will follow at the Pixley Cemetery west of Ralston under the direction of Hunsaker-Wooten Funeral Home Fairfax.
Casket bearers will be Ben Ballinger, Matthew Ballinger, Jake Hightower, Cody Hightower, Markus Paslay, Scott Gibson and Quentin Gray.
Honorary bearers are J. Berry Harrison, Dr. James Graham, Hubert Hutchens, Lee Bledsoe and Carl Goad.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested memorial donations in Bob’s name be made to the Ralston First Baptist Church or the charity of your choice.
Mr. Hightower’s online guestbook may be signed at www.hunsakerwoootenfuneralhome.com
Colton PeaseFairfax, OK
Ruth Ann, I am so sorry for your loss. If you remember, I'm Melveleah's daughter. Although, I only saw you for a second in passing a few years ago, I did get to visit with Bob, Joe and Amber. Bob was a sweet man and you were blessed to share his life with him and that blessing will continue on with the family that he gave you. Love you! My deepest regrets also go out to you, Joe, Amber, Mike, and Debbie.
Deena (Wachs) BarneyINDEPENDENCE, MO
I was flooded with memories of being at the farm when I was in school. I had so much fun there. I think about Bob and how he always had that grin on his face and how would tease Ruth Ann a bit. I loved watching them and seeing the love they had for each other. If only couples would have had a chance to watch them. I love this family! Each one of you are special to me. Jody and I send our sincere sympathy. We are praying for all of you but he’s not that far away from us. Memories are God’s sweet blessings to each of us. We love you all!
Vickie Renfro DennyPawnee, OK
Debbie, we send our love and support to you and your family during this time. We hope all the memories will lift your hearts.
Botanica FriendsWichita, KS
Debbie I am so sorry for your loss. I know that you shall hold your Dad's memories in your heart.
Rene SellersWichita, KS
May you be blessed with comfort and strength at this time of loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
William & Kandy JumpRalston, OK
Please accept my deepest condolences for your family’s loss. May your heart and soul find peace and comfort. Sincerely Onie& Chuck Gregg
Onie&Chuck GreggOwasso, OK