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Beverly Jean Hightower
  • November 30, 1947
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  • December 11, 2020

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Beverly Jean Hightower was born on November 30, 1947 in Leesburg, FL.  She left this world from her home in Ocala at 2:40 a.m. on December 11, 2020 after succumbing to a long battle with metastatic breast cancer.  Beverly’s daughter and her loving niece, Vanecia LeBlanc, were at her side during the final days.  During her time on earth Beverly worked as a radiology transcriptionist for Bay Medical Center in Panama City, FL, for many years.  However she would say her biggest accomplishment in life was helping her daughter complete graduate school.  Beverly was a wife, mother, sister, friend and fierce lover of animals and nature.  She had a passion for decorating and listening to contemporary jazz music.  Her kind and compassionate spirit will be loved, remembered and missed by the loved ones she left behind.  But those of us who knew of her struggle give thanks that she is no longer suffering.  Rest now, Mom – your fight is finally over.  I will love you and miss you for the rest of my life…and I promise you I will be okay.  Forever your daughter – Crystal.  Beverly was a graduate of Carver Heights High School (class of 1965) Leesburg, FL and came to this area 4 years ago from Panama City, FL.  She is survived by her daughter, Crystal Davina Hightower; ex-husband / father of child, retired Chief Master Sergeant, Oscar David Hightower; sisters, Shirley Rembert, Peggy Stevenson, Geraldine Lacey, Valeria Richardson, Janice Harris, Geneva Harris and Carla Harris; brothers, Gerald Richardson, Sidney Richardson, Harold Harris and many in-laws, nieces and nephews.  Arrangements by Baldwin Brothers Funerals & Cremations 11250 SW 93rd Ct. Rd. Ocala, FL 352-236-7813.


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  1. 17 Dec 2020
    Audrey lit a candle:
    Lit since December 17, 2020 at 12:54:43 PM

  2. 17 Dec 2020
    Audrey says:
    My sincere condolences to the family. I am praying for God's comfort and peace during your hour of grief. Rest well Ms. Jean! Love, Audrey Greene

  3. 17 Dec 2020
    Peggy Stevenson says:
    Jean, What a trooper you were! As always, you worked hard to look very nice whenever you were out despite the pain you were feeling. Frankly, I don’t know how you did it; but I think it was because you were just beingYOU ...We all admired you. I will miss our hour plus talks and the l o n g texts, I will especially miss hearing you say “I love you sissy” at the end of our conversations. I will hold dear everything that made us laugh- the jokes we shared and the crazy comments we came up with where we laughed our heads off! I wish we had more time, but Rest In Peace Jean.....farewell dear sister, farewell.....I love you sissy.

  4. 16 Dec 2020
    JoAnne Lash Robinson says:
    Crystal, it was a pleasure to reconnect (From Panama City) with you and your Mom when you guys came to Savannah a few years ago.
    Jean was such a sweetheart! I loved how she loved her Fur Babies! Please remember all the good times you shared!
    May you find peace in the love and life you shared! You were an AWESOME daughter,
    Love Ms. JoAnne

  5. 15 Dec 2020
    Geneva Harris says:
    It's so hard to say goodbye to you Jean, but you fought a long battle and you endured much pain from which you are finally free. I'm grateful for the time we had together and the "girl" talks we shared. I love you forever big sister and I miss you already. Love, Geneva ❤❤❤

  6. 15 Dec 2020
    Debra Richardson lit a candle:
    Lit since December 15, 2020 at 12:58:19 AM

  7. 15 Dec 2020
    Debra Richardson says:
    Jean, I'll always remember that conversation we had and will cherish every word that was spoken. Rest on my sweet and dear friend

  8. 15 Dec 2020
    Valeria Richardson says:
    My sister, my blood and bones. My heart aches, that u have gone HOME.
    BUT WE SHALL MEET AGAIN.
    SLEEP ON , TAKE YOUR SWEET REST. WE LOVE YOU. BUT GOD ALWAYS KNOWS BEST.
    FOREVER IN MY HEART

  9. 15 Dec 2020
    Carol Smith says:
    Jean, it was a blessing to have known you as a friend. I’m thankful for the deep conversations we use to have. It is hard to believe you are gone from this planet. You were a true champion!! Your presence is truly missed but I know that you are at peace. Rest in paradise my friend!!! I love you girl!

  10. 15 Dec 2020
    Erika Pickeral says:
    My beautiful aunt Jean, I will cherish the last time that I saw you. You had this beautiful smile on your face, this is how I would like to remember you. I will never forget you. You will forever be in my heart, I love you, Aunt Jean. Your niece Erika

  11. 15 Dec 2020
    Oscar Hightower says:
    You will be forever missed as well as loved. I am sure that you are in Gods hands so please save a space for me. It will be difficult but we will take care of each other. Your husband

  12. 15 Dec 2020
    Oscar Hightower says:
    Jean, and it is weird addressing you this way. You will be missed and will also be forever loved. We shared a lot over the years, the most important being a daughter that has grown into a wonderful woman. I will do everything in my power to see that she never needs anything. I am sure that you are in God’s hands now and cane only, please hold a spot for me. May Gods bless and take care of you.

  13. 15 Dec 2020
    Oscar Hightower says:
    Jean, and it is weird addressing you as such. We shared a lot thru the years, the most important being a daughter. You will be missed and forever loved. We had our god times and some not so good times. We saw some of this world together and I know for sure that at times you were not in love in some of the places we were stationed. But with all said, I enjoyed your voice so much when you would answer your phone to me with “ hay you” and I could hear that smile in your voice. I will miss your wonderful voice and most of all I will miss you. You can only be in God’s hand and I pray for your transition, may Good bless and keep you. Your husband always, Oscar.

  14. 15 Dec 2020
    Harold & Julia Harris lit a candle:
    Lit since December 15, 2020 at 12:38:14 AM

  15. 15 Dec 2020
    Amity Sanders says:
    Mama Jean I miss you! You have been a part of my life along with Crystal for the past 23 years! I am glad you are no longer suffering but you are supposed to still be here harassing Crystal with me! Xoxo your bonus daughter Amity

  16. 14 Dec 2020
    Sheryl Wetzel says:
    I prayed for you daily during your illness and my heart went out to you and your darling daughter, Crystal . You are no longer suffering and are with your Savior and for this I am eternally grateful

  17. 14 Dec 2020
    Sheryl Wetzel lit a candle:
    Lit since December 14, 2020 at 12:29:50 PM

  18. 14 Dec 2020
    Valeria Richardson lit a candle:
    Lit since December 14, 2020 at 12:34:47 PM

  19. 14 Dec 2020
    Leola Jones McAdams says:
    I am thankful that I was able to reconnect with Beverly. I will cherish the two times that we saw each other at the Brown's house in My Claire & in Fruitland Park at my 70th birthday party almost three years ago.

  20. 14 Dec 2020
    Crystal posted an image:
    Her smile..
    Her smile..

  21. 14 Dec 2020
    Crystal lit a candle:
    Lit since December 14, 2020 at 12:52:20 PM

  22. 14 Dec 2020
    Crystal says:
    I love you and will miss you for the rest of my life, Mom. But I am glad your suffering has ended. Keep watch over me. Thank you for staying with me for 48 years. Your daughter, Crystal

  23. 14 Dec 2020
    Janice Harris says:
    My beautiful sister Beverly Jean is gone but never forgotten. Another link off our family chain has been broken, but the love will never fade. I love you big sister. Jan

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