A celebration of life memorial service for Robert Hightower will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, 2008, in Heritage Hall with pastors and friends of the WOW Church officiating.


A celebration of life memorial service for Robert Hightower will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, 2008, in Heritage Hall with pastors and friends of the WOW Church officiating.


Born Aug. 12, 1961, in Tulsa to Roy Bill Hightower and Dorothy Bailey Hightower, he passed from this life on Aug. 27, 2008 at the age of 47 years and 15 days. He was preceded in death by his father; and a stepfather, Jim Dean.


Robert graduated from high school in Tulsa and had several graduate and post-graduate degrees. He was saved and baptized in North Lewis Baptist Church, in Tulsa. He surrendered to the ministry in 1977. He married Cheryl Humble on May 23, 1981, in Tulsa.


He was employed by the Creek County Sheriff’s office and later as a police officer with the Sapulpa Police Department. During his tenure at the police department, he served as a ministry intern at First Baptist Church of Sapulpa under Pastor Sam Porter. 


Robert was called to Harvey Road Baptist Church, in Seminole, as a pastor in the summer of 1998 after being ordained to the gospel ministry by First Baptist Church of Sapulpa. He served there for four years during which time he served as a reserve officer for the Seminole Police Department and President of the local Ministerial Alliance. He was then called to the First Baptist Church in Ardmore as the Minister of Evangelism and Missions in the summer of 2002.   


He officiated at the weddings of his sons, Aaron and his wife, Logan; and Stephen and his wife, Jimi, as well as performing numerous weddings and funerals for family and friends. In September of 2005, he planted WOW Church in Ardmore where he was the pastor. During his tenure at WOW Church, he served as training manager for the Ardmore Police Department.


Throughout his involvement in law enforcement, Robert ministered in the name of Jesus and was used to affect hundreds of lives as a man who loved Christ and loved others wherever he served. In addition to his formal ministry positions, regardless of where he was, Robert lived a life of ministry. His life was a celebration of the love that God put in his life and the forgiveness provided through Jesus. 


Survivors include his wife, Cheryl, and daughter, Nicci, of the home; sons, Michael Hightower, of Ardmore; Aaron Hightower and his wife, Logan, of Durant; and Stephen Hightower and his wife, Jimi, of Ardmore; his mother, of Sperry; a brother, Darrel Hightower and his wife, Suzette, of Tulsa; sisters, Linda and her husband, James, of Shamrock; Beverly Hudson and her husband, Larry, of Avant; Barbara Hudson, of Catoosa; brothers, Roy Hightower and his wife, Vickie, and John L. Hightower and his wife, Betty, all of Tulsa; Bill Campbell and his wife, Volene, of Claremore; and Jerry Starks and his wife, Debbie, of Carson City, Nev.


Memorials may be made to the WOW Church Memorial Fund, 114 A Street NE, Ardmore, OK 73401.


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