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On Tuesday, January 23, 2018, William A. Hightower, a resident of the Woodcrest Community in Beckley, passed away into eternal peace and rest at the Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown. He was in his 81st year.
Known affectionately as "Bill" all his life, William Aaron Hightower was born on February 29th, 1936, at Hetzel in Logan County. The youngest of four children, he was the son of the late Grandison and Anna Hall Hightower. His brother, Donald and sisters, Martha and Georgia have preceded him in death as well.
Bill's early years were spent in Logan, where he was a 1954 graduate of Logan High School. He entered the US Air Force where he faithfully served his country.
Following his stint in service, Bill and his family would migrate to Beckley settling on Church Street. He would marry Vada Simpkins. Bill would attend Concord College where he graduated with a degree in Business Administration. This coming September 16th would have been their 57th wedding anniversary.
Bill and Vada would make their home in the Washington, DC area for 38 years where he worked in the General Accountant's Office for the US Government. They retired to Beckley in 2003.
Bill Hightower will be remembered for his soft spoken ways, his love of animals and his willingness to help others.
In addition to his beloved Vada, he leaves to cherish his memory his brother-in-law, Carroll D. Simpkins.
In addition to his family he was preceded in death by his father and mother-law, Johnnie and Hattie Simpkins and sister-in-law, Wanda Vass Simpkins in April of last year.
There will be a "Service of Remembrance" to honor William Aaron Hightower on Saturday, January 27 at 1:00 pm, in the Melton Mortuary Chapel. The family will receive friends at 12 noon. The burial will be in the Sunset Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a gift to the Raleigh County Humane Society, 325 Grey Flats Road, Beckley, WV 25801
Online condolences: www.meltonmortuary.com
Published on January 25, 2018
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