Dixon Springs Community native George Highers died at the age of 74 at 3:05 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 31, 2020 at the Gallatin Center for Rehabilitation and Healing, where he was being cared for with his dementia.
Rev. Monica Mowdy, pastor of the Carthage United Methodist Church where George’s late mother was a member, officiated at the Tuesday, Feb. 4 funeral services from the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home. Burial followed beside George’s brother, Henry, in the Gazebo Garden at Dixon Springs Cemetery.
One of four boys and one daughter born to the late Banks Samuel (Huck) Highers Sr. who died Jan. 18, 1979 at the age of 78, and Elizabeth Lucille Jones Highers who died Feb. 26, 1964 at the age of 50, he was born George Hampton Highers in the former McFarland Hospital in Lebanon on July 16, 1945 and was the middle child of the five siblings.
Two of his brothers preceded him in death: Banks Samuel Highers Jr., who died at the age of 54 on July 5, 2006 and Henry Griffith Highers, who died at the age of 60 on Jan. 1, 2008.
The Highers family was active in the Smith County business community, owning Highers Garage in Dixon Springs, the dealer for Desoto automobiles and GMC trucks.
Mr. Highers was preceded in death by his wife and high school classmate, the former Linda Oldham of the Rome Community, who died unexpectedly of a heart attack on March 7, 2005 at the age of 59. He was also preceded in death by his only child, Gina Michelle Highers Storey, who died Jan. 19, 2017 at the age of 48.
Mr. Highers was a 1963 graduate of Smith County High School, where he majored in science and mathematics, played football, basketball and baseball, was in the chorus, Latin and Spanish Clubs and his senior year was voted by his classmates as “Most Vivacious.”
It was said of him in his yearbook: “Gentlemen always seem to remember blondes” and that he was impulsive, likeable and a ham, a fact that all who knew him in high school could attest to.
George had a zest for life and enjoyed pulling pranks as a youngster, but in adulthood was a kind and giving and caring individual.
He proudly served our county during the Vietnam War, having volunteered for duty upon graduation from Smith County High School, and was honorably discharged from the United States Navy on July 9, 1970 as an aviation structural mechanic. He was trained to deal with atomic, biological and chemical warfare at the Naval Air Training Center in Memphis.
An accomplished businessman, he owned and operated Snacks-R-Us L.L.C. on Murfreesboro Road in Nashville, which was a wholesale provider of snack foods and condiments to the vending machine supplier industry in and around Metro, until selling the business and retiring in 2015.
Surviving is his sister, Barbara Highers Hackett of Nashville; brother, Billy Highers of Hermitage; companion, Barbara Jean Anderson of Gallatin; and two grandchildren, Bret and Kyle Storey of Florida.
The Highers family has requested memorials to Alzheimers Tennessee.