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Toby Hightower of Terre Haute, passed away peacefully on Aug. 29, 2017. He was born Nov. 7, 1920, in Todd County, Ky., the son of the late Horace Elmer Hightower and Emma Carver Hightower.
Survivors include his daughter, Shirley Hightower Luten (John) of Oro Valley, Ariz.; his son, Paul Randolph (Rand) Hightower (Kathy) of Little Rock, Ark.; his granddaughter, Laura Elizabeth Hightower of Benton, Ark., his sister, Dorothy J. Hightower Palmer of Atlanta; and three nephews. He also is survived by his special friend, Freda Joy of Terre Haute.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife of over 50 years, Iona Hightower; and his grandson, Mark Randolph Hightower.
He was a Methodist and enjoyed attending church with Freda. Toby was a veteran of World War II. He served with the 42nd Chemical Laboratory Company in Australia and the Philippines. After the war ended, Toby returned to Kentucky and enrolled at Western Kentucky State University, where he obtained both an undergraduate and master's degree.
Toby then embarked on a remarkable career as a teacher and high school administrator. Over the course of his career, he served as a high school administrator at the following Illinois high schools: Vienna, Cahokia, Thornton, and Oak Forest. He retired in 1980, but maintained a life-long bond with many of his students and colleagues.
After retirement, Toby and Iona built a cozy home near Marshall, Ind., where they lived for over 30 years. Toby became a prolific writer for several newspapers, writing about his youth, people he had known, and issues of the day. Wherever he went, Toby made many friends, and those who were fortunate enough to know him realized that he was one of a kind: he was brilliant, loyal, self-sacrificing, generous, kind and loving.
Visitation will be from 10 until 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 5, at Latham Funeral Home in Elkton, Ky., with a graveside service at Glenwood Cemetery in Elkton, following visitation.
Published on August 31, 2017
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