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Emily Hightower Redwine

1947 - 2018 Obituary Condolences
Emily Hightower Redwine Obituary
A true native Atlantan born June 3, 1947 to parents, the late Emily Anderson and George Bedney Hightower. Emily was married to H. Parks Redwine, II of Fayetteville, Georgia July 8, 1972 at All Saints Church, Atlanta.

Growing up she attended the E. Rivers School, The Lovett School and The Westminster Schools, all in Atlanta, and then attended Hollins College in Virginia where she earned her BA degree in 1969. She obtained a Masters Degree in Special Education from Emory University in 1970 with a concentration on teaching hearing-impaired children. She then found great reward in teaching these exceptional children at Henderson Mill Elementary School for eight years. Her premature retirement was partially a result of the development of a vaccine for Rubella (German measles) which had been the most common cause of hearing loss in newborns in the US, as well as advancements in cochlear implants.

Next she started her family producing two sons, Hill Reagan Redwine, II and George Hays Hightower Redwine, both whom survive her. While raising two boys of infinite energy, her training as a teacher combined with infinite patience proved useful in their upbringing and schooling.

While a teacher Emily was one of the founders and the very first president of the Professional Association of Georgia Educators [PAGE]; a member of the National Society of Colonial Dames in the State of Georgia; the Atlanta Junior League; and served for several years on the Board of Oakland Cemetery Atlanta.

Emily developed her own business, building a couturier studio in her home. She could recreate any fashion dress, as well as create her own styles. She traveled numerous times to Paris to visit many of the Haut Couture houses and had a permanent invitation at many, such as Chanel. She also designed and created beautiful sweaters and outfits for many high profile customers throughout Atlanta and the Southeast. Her customers universally agreed her creativity, needlework, fashion design and sense of style were incomparable. She was a member of The Fashion Group International, the Association of Image Consultants International, and the Professional Association of Custom Clothiers.

Emily's friends and family were important to her, and she was well known for her unexpected and thoughtful gestures to them (such as taking two friends on one of her Paris trips). Travel was important to her, visiting all 50 states and most of Europe. This travel interest included seeing unusual geological features, and she was amazed to walk between the American and the European tectonic plates during a visit to Iceland.

As a teenager, Emily made Atlanta history on a summer day in the 1960's as the very first person to wear a bikini and to play a transistor radio at the Piedmont Driving Club swimming pool. Somehow the city of Atlanta was able to survive not only the invasion of Sherman but also the introduction of these two shocking and startling actions by the impetuous Emily.

This kind, thoughtful, creative, intelligent, graceful and lovely person will be sorely missed by her husband, Parks; children, George and Hill; daughter-in-law, Faye; granddaughter, Tea; step-granddaughter, Emily; sister and brother-in-law, Georgia and Richard Patterson of Athens; and numerous other sister and brothers-in-laws, nephews, nieces, cousins and friends, too numerous to count. The family is deeply indebted to and thank caregivers Jacqueline Wilson and Marcia Phipps (of Serenity Springs of Georgia) for their attention, devotion and care for Emily over the last several years while she was suffering from Alzheimer's. Emily was born and died at Emory Hospital.

Friends and family are invited to gather from to 6 pm to 8 pm on Tuesday, January 9 at H. M. Patterson's, Spring Hill. The funeral will be held at All Saints Episcopal Church in downtown Atlanta on Wednesday, January 10 at 2 pm, followed by a graveside service in the Fayetteville City Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution to one of her favorite charities, Hospice Atlanta, 5775 Glenridge Dr., Ste E200, Atlanta, GA 30328, Attn: Dabney Hollis.

Redwine, Emily Hightower
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution from Jan. 7 to Jan. 8, 2018
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