Gerald DeFee

Gerald DeFee "Dee" Hightower

Dec 7th, 1942 - Dec 29th, 2017
  • Birth Date: Dec 7, 1942
  • Death Date: Dec 29, 2017
  • Funeral Date: Dec 31, 2017
  • Funeral Location: Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel
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Mr. Gerald DeFee “Dee” Hightower, age 75, a resident of Redwater, Texas, died Friday, December 29, 2017 in a Texarkana, Texas hospital.
Mr. Hightower was born December 7, 1942 in Rogers, Arkansas, to Bernice and DeFee Hightower.
He was a member of Redwater United Methodist Church and a supporter of Jeff Schreve From his Heart Ministry. His work and moral code of ethics was greatly influenced by his uncle and aunt; Arland and Inez Strickland who raised him from the age of 9.  He worked as a plumber’s helper, assisted his uncle in the post office and Ran-Dee’s café/store.  He was retired from DDRT at Red River Army Depot.  He was an Air Force veteran stationed in Japan.    
Mr. Hightower was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Randy Hightower.
He is survived by his wife of 23 years, Brenda Ridge Hightower; 3 sons and daughters-in-law, Gerrid and Mary Hightower of Bedford, Texas, Glenn and Sheila Ridge of Winthrop, Arkansas and Clayton and Tara Ridge of Maud, Texas; 3 daughters and sons-in-law, Rhonda and Gary Morrow of Redwater, Texas, Alicia and James Knox of Carey, Ohio and DeAnn “K.C.” and P.J. Dornburg of Texarkana; his stepfather, Langston “Lanky” Smith of Arp, Texas; one aunt, Sondra Simmons of Grand Prairie, Texas; 13 special grandchildren, Christopher Hightower, Tristan Hightower, Brayden Hightower, Ethan Hightower, Maegen Turner, Jake Turner, Winter Mireles, Robby Morrow, Brooke Morrow, Bryce Ridge, Presley Ridge, Nathan Knox and Caleb Knox and a number of other grandchildren, great-grandchildren and other relatives.  
A man’s life is a man’s life, but the most important thing is that he is washed in the blood of Jesus.
Funeral services for Mr. Hightower will be held Sunday, December 31, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Audie Dawson, Ken Golden and Rev. Mindy Zwirn officiating. Burial will follow in the Gravelly Cemetery in Foreman.
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Susan K Thompson
Jan 7th, 2018 2:08 pm
I will forever be grateful to Gerald and his help when I needed it. He was there 4 me when I had no family around. I loved him like a father even after his son and I separated.
I will never forget his final present to me, taking me home to Denver with my newborn in his little red truck.
He will be missed but always in my memories.
Bonnie Easley
Jan 4th, 2018 8:45 am
My Deepest Sympathy may you find comfort and peace at this most difficult time. Thinking of you and your family, may GOD surround you all with loving memories.
Bill Bourne
Jan 2nd, 2018 8:10 am
Brenda, just heard of Gerald‘s passing I am so sorry but please take comfort in the fact that he was a good man with a good heart and treating people fairly he will be missed by many.
Tommy Fountain
Dec 31st, 2017 2:01 am
Brenda so sorry for your loss, though we both know that don't get to pick our time time to go, and Dee is a much better place. Some of my favorite memories with Dee are walking along the rail road kicking and throughing rocks, fishing on the flooded dump road, and hunting in the bottom land. We had some good time. We will keep you and family in our prayers and look in on you when we get back to town. Love y'all.
Jo Ann and Mike Bayless
Dec 30th, 2017 10:02 pm
Praying for the family. I will always remember Dee Fee's sweet smile and kind words. May the Lord watch over the family.
Jody Smith
Dec 30th, 2017 9:54 pm
Brenda I am so sorry for your loss! DeFee was a friend for many years.

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