Malcolm Cullen Hightower Jr.
1923 - 2008
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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.

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Published in Northwest Florida Daily News on Dec. 7, 2008.
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December 8, 2008
Mr. Hightower came to the FWB library often and was always so pleasant. He will be missed.
FWB Library Circulation Desk Staff
December 7, 2008
I loved it when one of his clever observations appeared in Reader's Digest "Quotable Quotes". He always greeted me with a warm hug and asked about my whole family when I would see him out & about. Life will be a little duller without his sparkle. My love to you, Dottie, in your loss.
Kitti Buckelew Capps
December 7, 2008
My father Orville Lee Maddan Sr. worked with Mr. Hightower when I was a young child. I spent every Wednesday and most Saturdays playing house inside Danleys Furniture Company. Cullen made me feel like one of his own. He provided us many countless hours of kindness. My father and all my family cared about him for his kindness, generosity, and every little thing he did to make our lives happy. I will miss him.
Mary O'Daniels
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