Ann Elizabeth Nelson Hightower:Born in Paris Kentucky and lived in Decatur, GA Jan. 4, 1925-Oct. 16, 2018: The loving mother of two passed away in her sleep early Tuesday morning after having been in and out of the hospital for the last two months. Ann was proud of her age, and as everyone noted, did not look it. She was a graduate of Breneau College, where she majored in speech & theatre. Many may not know that she performed in many plays while in college, and went on to direct local theatre in Atlanta. Most notably directing Leonard Nimony in several Atlanta plays. While directing theatre on the side, she worked at WSB-TV. There she met her husband, Edward Woodham Hightower III, who preceded her in death. Ann was very proud of her children, Del Hightower Clark, and Chris Hightower, and only wanted them to be happy. She worked into her 80s in retail where she made many of the friends that she was still in touch with today. Recently, she enjoyed her retirement at home and lived by herself up until her recent illnesses. She enjoyed watching her birds and watching sports, especially her Atlanta Braves. She always hated it when the season was over, but moved on to college football/basketball cheering on her favorite Georgia Tech team, and the Atlanta Falcons. If she wasn’t watching sports, she was watching old movies or television shows. She also loved her cat Molly, and truly missed her when away from her. Ann loved to tell jokes and didn’t miss many chances to pass one along to anyone who would listen. She will be dearly missed by her family. She is survived by her daughter Del Hightower Clark & son-in-law Charles Edward Clark of Smokerise, Georgia; and her son Christopher Scott Hightower & his partner Scott Bartley of Santa Rosa, California. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the American Cancer Society or Lifeline in Avondale, Georgia, in her name. She truly loved cats and had many loving companions over the years. A Celebration of Life will be held at Wages & Sons Funeral Home in the city of Stone Mountain (1040 Main Street, Stone Mountain, 30083) Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018 at 3 pm. Visitation will be from 2-3 pm at the same location.

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  1. I loved your mother so much. She was so incredibly kind. I hope to attend the visitation on Sunday. My deepest sympathies to Del and Scott and their significant others.

  2. I will truly miss you Ms Ann. You will and always have a special place in my heart. I would like to extend my condolences and prayers to the family. You will be truly be missed.

  3. We went back a lot of years together. You were the last living member of my wedding party. I only wish we had lived nearer together so we could have visited in person rather than by telephone. However, I did enjoy keeping in touch, and hearing about Dell and Chris. Prayers and condolences to your family.

  4. Only knew Mrs. Hightower for a short time but she will always be special in my heart. She was one of a kind; so very special to me.

  5. I’m going to miss my friend. We had spent a lot of time just talking and enjoying each other’s company. She always had a smile and a crazy joke to tell you. Rest in peace and comfort. LOVE YOU.

  6. Every so often we are blessed to be in the presence of someone who is authentic and speaks their mind. Miss Hightower embodied that. I have been the recipient of her love and jokes for over 10 years and she has added so much to my life. I will deeply miss her. Please except my deepest condolences and know that you are all in our prayers.

  7. My friend I miss you very much. I will miss your love. your jokes and all my cards I will treasure all the good time we had together.

  8. What a wonderful friend and neighbor we have known for forty-three years. We will miss you and love you forever.

  9. Ann was a dear friend and wonderful person. I loved spending time with her, sharing our love of cats and horses, and laughing at her jokes. I cherish the many cards she sent me over the years. Rest in peace, dear lady. You will be in my heart always. Love you.

  10. Celebrating the strong friendship and wonderful memories will forever be the way to remember a dear friend. May you live forever in the hearts of those who loved you! God speed.

  11. God bless you all. Mamas are so hard to lose and are so deeply and dearly missed. What an incredible long life she lived. Now, may she live in your hearts forever. Just know she will always be watching over you. Love you.

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