Roberson Hightower


Roberson Hightower, 87, of Normal, Illinois, formerly of Waco, TX, passed away, Saturday, June 4, 2016 in Normal, Illinois.

Visitation: Roberson’s family will gather for a visitation and wake service on Tuesday, June 7, 2016 at Carmody-Flynn Funeral Home in Bloomington.

Funeral Service: celebrating his life will be at 11:00AM, Saturday, June 11, 2016 at Willow Grove Baptist Church in Waco.

Burial: Willow Grove Cemetery.

Roberson was born June 28, 1928 in the Willow Grove Community of Waco. At an early age, he joined the Willow Grove Baptist Church and attended Willow Grove grade school. Roberson served his country honorably in the United States Army during the Korean War and received the Korean Service Ribbon, with one Bronze Star. He also received the United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal and the Combat Infantry Badge. Roberson worked for GM&O Railroad, where he retired as foreman after 40 years. He loved going to church and listening to spirituals, while also being active in the choir. He was preceded in death by his parents; Jay and Dottie Mae (Roberson) Hightower and sisters; Gloria, Mary Ruth, Lillie Fay and LaClede; and five great-grandchildren.

Roberson leaves to cherish his memory two brothers, Jay (Mary) Hightower of Joliet, IL and Jimmy Troy (Pat) Hightower of Hewitt; sister, Nora Powell of Texas; eight children, Jesse (Mary) Hightower of Phoenix, AZ, Craig (QuoVadis) Hightower of Peoria, IL, Sharon Tolbert of Normal, IL, Yvonne Hightower of Peoria, IL, Neil (Ellen) Hightower of Bloomington, IL, Gloria Williams of Bloomington, IL, Allen (Chris) Hightower of Normal, IL and Karen Hightower of Bloomington, IL; 20 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

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Condolence Messages

  1. James & Rhonda Walker (and family)

    Our sincere and heartfelt condolences to the Hightower family. We will always remember the bravado voice of our Uncle Bob that could clearly be distinguished in a crowded room. And we’ll always cherish the time we shared together at family gatherings. May the Lord give you strength for today, hope for tomorrow, and comfort in knowing that God is the source of all our peace and joy.

    James & Rhonda Walker (and family)

  2. Williams Family

    Condolences to the Hightower family. Our thoughts and prayers go out to your whole family. Psalms 147:3 says God, “heals the broken hearted, and binds up their wounds.” May God bring you comfort and peace.

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