FORT GORDON, Ga. - Major General John M. Hightower, 84, husband of sixty years to Mrs. Lois Dunkle Hightower, died Tuesday, June 12, 2001, at Eisenhower Army Medical Center. Memorial services with honors will be held at the Georgia Room of Brandon Wilde, 4275 Owens Road, Evans at 3 p.m. Friday, June 15, 2001. Burial will be in Beaufort National Cemetery, Beufort, S.C. Additional Family includes two daughters, Mrs. Ann Hightower Pickel of Omaha, Neb. and Ms. Jane Ellen Hightower of Martinez; one son, Mr. Christopher John Hightower of Oconee County, S.C.; one sister, Mrs. Bettie ONeal of Little Rock, Ark.; two grandsons, Bradley and David Pickel and two granddaughters, Paula and Kristen Ficara. Born in Coleman, Texas, July 29, 1916, he graduated from New Mexico State University in 1940, was commissioned Second Lieutenant, Infantry. Regular Army on July 1, 1940, and assigned to the 23rd Infantry, Second Infantry Division, Fort Sam, Houston, Texas. He served with the 23rd until, as Lieutenant Colonel commanding the First Battalion, he was wounded near Nieder-Breisig, Germany on March 10, 1945. The following 28 years brought many interesting assignments, Stateside, West Point, Fort Benning, Fort Dix, Fort Hamilton, three Pentagon tours, Command and Staff College, Army War College and State Department School. Overseas they were, GHQ, Far East Command, Tokyo, CO, 32nd Infantry, Seventh Division, Allied Land Forces Central Europe, France, MAG China, Taiwan, MAG Greece. Major General Hightower retired at Fort Hamilton, New York on August 1, 1973, with the Distinguished Service Cross, the Distinguished Service medal, three Silver Star Medals, four Legions of Merit, two Bronze Star Medals, two Army Commendation Medals, two Purple Hearts, the French Croix de Guerre Avec Palme, the Belgian Fourragere, the Star of Ethiopia, the Combat Infantry Badge with Star and the Distinguished Unit Citation (First Battalion). If so desired, memorials may be made to the Brandon Wilde Beebe Educational Endowment, 4275 Owens Rd, Evans, GA 30809. Platts Funeral Home, 337 N. Belair Rd, Evans. 806-6166.
The Augusta Chronicle-June 14, 2001