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Robert Willie Hightower

January 8, 1930 — January 5, 2024

Detroit, Michigan

Robert Willie Hightower, 93, of Detroit, Michigan, passed away on January 5, 2024 and was born on January 8, 1930 in Rome, Georgia.

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Robert W. Hightower

Saturday January 20, 2024


Family Hour 10:30am 

 Funeral Ceremony 11:00am

 Thompson Funeral Home

 7643 Dexter

 Detroit, MI 48206

 Master of Ceremony: Pastor Delmar Williams 

 Officiating Minister: Elder Wendel Fraiser



Mr. Robert W. Hightower, 


Known as Mr. Bob, Mr. Gadget Man, and Mrs. Doll‘s husband, went home to be with the Lord on January 5, 2024. He was born in Rome, Georgia on January 8, 1930 to Mr. Allen and Mrs. Sarah Ivory Hightower. As a Christian, he was a member of Saint Paul Church of God in Christ, Straight Gate International Church, and at the time of his transition he was worshiping at Indiana Avenue Church of God in Christ, under the leadership of Bishop Lester Evans. He attended school in Georgia and later enlisted in the United States Army on August 24, 1951, and was honorably discharged July 21, 1953.

 He married the love of his life on June 21, 1980, Mrs. Annie Hightower, who transitioned to be with the Lord on June 21, 2020. Mr. Bob was a faithful employee for Chrysler FCA for over 40 years. He and his wife were also community videographers. 

 Mr. Robert W. Hightower, known for always saying "Good Morning" no matter what time of day it was, leaves to treasure his memory, his children, Sanquise Jackson, Stephanie Brown, and Richard 


 Brown, also his sister Willie R. Hightower.  There are many grandchildren, cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends to carry on the legacy. 



Order of Service  

Organ prelude: 

Master of Cermony: Pastor Delmar Williams

Scripture & Prayer: Pastor Delmar Williams

Song: Mr. Robert E. Norwood

Obituary: Dr. Earlexia Norwood 

Remarks: Please limit 2 minutes

Song: Ms. Erica Morris

Eulogy: Elder Wendel Frasier

Committal: Elder Wendel Frasier 

Army Presentation: U.S. Army Honor Guard 


Organ Postlude:



8031 Tireman Detroit, MI 48204 

Immediately following the service




John 11:25-26

Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, - and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die.  

Honorary Pallbearers

Prince Hopskins * Earskin Hopskins

 Lamar McRae *  Chris Berry

 William Jackson Sr.  * William Jackson II

 Tributes from His Children:


 Bob came into Richard’s (Rusty) life at the age of 12.  Richard remembers the football games Bob took him to, and how he bought him his first car. He came to visit Bob often, and this summer had a lot of time with him.  Rusty enjoyed their conversations, and the simple pleasures of taking Bob to the barber shop and to the store for his cookies and juice. These were precious moments of time together. It hurts him and brings tears to his eyes when he thinks of his dad’s transition. Richard will miss having Bob’s presence, but he knows the love they shared is eternal. 


 Stephanie didn’t get to see him often, but remembered Bob on special occasions and would always call on his birthday.  She loved him and asks for everyone’s prayers as they walk out this new journey. 


Sanquise thanks God for the opportunity to have known Bob. When he came into her mother’s life, he accepted her and blended into the family. Bob was the first person to introduce her to the gadget world. He purchased her first computer and when she out grew it, he got her the next one too. Bob motivated Sanquise into using the camera and introduced her to videography.  They learned together along with her mother.  Every time he found a new gadget, he purchased one for her.  Sanquise was the caregiver for her mother and Bob no matter what the medical challenges were, and cared for Bob after her mother transitioned to assure he was safe.  She demonstrated her love for Bob by bringing him to live with her to manage his wellbeing and medical care. In Bob’s last months, they spent everyday together. Days before his death, she heard him calling on God and praising Him at night.  It was as if he knew he was leaving to be with the Father.  Sanquise will miss Bob getting up at night and calling her “Annie”, which made her chuckle. Bob and his great love Annie (Ms. Doll), took care of their grandson William (Billy) Jackson, and great grandchildren Billy II, Cullen, and Dylan Jackson. Robert. W. Hightower lived an impactful life, and was a blessing to their family. His love, generosity, sacrifice, and commitment to God, Family, and Country will never be forgotten!

 From His sister: Willie R. Hightower

 He lived he loved and now he’s free and I will miss him a lot!

 Funeral Services Entrusted to Thompson Funeral Home




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Service Schedule

Past Services


Friday, January 19, 2024

4:00 - 7:00 pm (Eastern time)

Thompson Funeral Home - Dexter Chapel

7643 Dexter Ave, Detroit, MI 48206

Public Viewing For Robert Hightower is on Friday, January 19 2024 from 4pm-7pm

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Funeral Service

Saturday, January 20, 2024

10:30am - 1:30 pm (Eastern time)

Thompson Funeral Home - Dexter Chapel

7643 Dexter Ave, Detroit, MI 48206

Funeral Services for Robert Hightower are on Saturday, January 20, 2024 at 11:00 am, with 10:30 am family hour

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Saturday, January 20, 2024

1:30 - 2:00 pm (Eastern time)

Great Lakes National Cemetery

4200 Belford Rd, Holly, MI 48442

Burial of Robert Hightower is on Monday, January 22, 2024 at 1:30 pm at Great Lakes National Cemetery.

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