*** IN WEIGHING THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE CDC COUPLED WITH THE NEED FOR FAMILIES AND FRIENDS TO SAY “GOODBYE” TO THOSE WHO PASS AWAY DURING THIS UNPRECEDENTED TIME IN OUR NATION'S HISTORY, THE FAMILY HAS ELECTED TO HAVE A DROP IN VISITATION AT THE FUNERAL HOME. THIS IS INTENDED TO ALLOW FRIENDS/RELATIVES TO PAY THEIR RESPECTS AND VIEW THE DEPARTED WITHOUT LARGE CROWDS GATHERING ALL AT ONE TIME. ADDITIONALLY, FUNERAL SERVICES WILL BE HELD AT THE GRAVESIDE TO ALLOW AMPLE SOCIAL DISTANCING ALL WHILE GIVING AN OPPORTUNITY TO ATTEND THE FUNERAL SERVICES. PLEASE KEEP THE FAMILY IN YOUR PRAYERS AS THEY ARE HAVING TO MAKE THESE DIFFICULT DECISIONS DURING THIS TIME OF NATIONAL CRISIS. ***
Mrs. Beatrice Grosser Hightower, age 80, passed away Tuesday, March 17, 2020 at Community Hospice Inpatient Center in Vidalia. She was born March 23, 1939 in Yugoslavia to Nikolaus and Gisela Hettesheimer Grosser. She had lived most of her adult life in Tatttnall County. Mrs. Bea was a bookkeeper retiring from the Tattnall Bank after 18 years of dedicated service and also from Triangle J Trucking after 20 years of service. There is no doubt that she was a dedicated employee, but her true passion was serving others. She truly had a servant’s heart. For many years she served the Lord as a Sunday School teacher and member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Lyons. Additionally, she had many talents including playing an accordion, but she was most noted for baking, especially cinnamon rolls. It has been said that “everyone in the county had Ms. Bea’s cinnamon rolls”! Later in life, she relished her new role as a grandmother and later great grandmother. An example of a Godly woman living a life worthy of honor, respect, and love; she will be sorely missed by all who knew her.
She was a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Lyons and is preceded in death by her parents, brother, Nikolaus Grosser and a great grandson, Caleb Levi Harris.
She is survived by her children, Jim Roe Hightower of New Mexico, Loretta Jane (William) Stanley of Reidsville, Rev. Larry (Teresa) Hightower of Lyons, and Marika (Mark) Crews of Reidsville; siblings, Kurt Grosser of Colorado, Valeria Myers and Marika Gustas both of Canada; grandchildren, Erika Stanley, Michael (Katie) Hightower, Amber (BJ) Wilkinson, Amelia (John Coker) Hightower, Dently (Cari) Crews, Catherine (Aaron) Schulke, Dalton (Katelyn) Crews, Stephanie Hightower and Siobhan Hightower; six great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.
There will be an opportunity on Thursday for friends to stop by the funeral home from the hours of 5:00pm to 7:00pm to view and pay your respects to Mrs. Hightower. A graveside service will be conducted on Friday at 10:00am at the Reidsville City Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to Community Hospice Foundation, 904 Mt. Vernon Road, Vidalia, GA 30474.
Low Country Cremation and Burial is serving the family of Mrs. Beatrice Hightower.
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