Malcolm C. Hightower Jr., age 84, of Mary Esther, Fla., passed away at his home Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 27, 2008. He was born Dec. 17, 1923, in Naftel, Ala., to Malcolm C. and Helen Naftel Hightower. He had been a resident of the local area for the past 60 years. He was Baptist by faith and a member of the Cinco Baptist Church, where he had taught Sunday school and was also an active Rotarian. Malcolm enjoyed crossword puzzles. He also loved writing and had written two books, "All American Proverbs" and "Cullens Wit Kit." The Books contained widely quoted quotations and witty sayings and verses which were used by many of his friends also some famous people as well as people internationally. He also provided articles for the Northwest Daily News under the heading of Quips and Salty Sally. He attended the University of Alabama which was interrupted when he honorably went to serve his country in the U.S. Army during World War II. He enjoyed special times with his wife Dorothy as they walked together. He also had some special friends he enjoyed visiting with and referred to them as his coffee-drinking buddies.
He was preceded in death by his parents. Survivors include his loving wife Dorothy of 52 years marriage, his Cousin William "Bud" Naftel II and wife Doris of Mary Esther, their children and also a host of special friends.
A memorial service will be held Wednesday, Dec 10, 2008, at 2 p.m. at the Cinco Baptist Church with Rev. Mickey Hawkins officiating. Memorialization will be by cremation. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Covenant Hospice, 101 Hart St., Niceville, Fla., 32578, or to the Gideons International, P.O. Box 140800, Nashville, Tenn., 37214 in Memory of Malcolm C. Hightower Jr.
McLaughlin Mortuary, 17 Chestnut Ave. S.E., Fort Walton Beach, Fla., is entrusted with the arrangements.
Published in Northwest Florida Daily News on Dec. 7, 2008.