Hattie Ruth Hightower Gilmore, age 82, passed away Friday, October 16, 2020, at West Florida Hospital. She was born on April 7, 1938 in Vernon, Florida to Coy â€œTossâ€ Hightower and Annie Ruth Evans Hightower. She graduated from Vernon High School in 1956 and attended Chipola Junior College.
She was a loving wife, mother, and grandma to her family. She worked for GE at Eglin Air Force Base prior to becoming a devoted mother and homemaker. After her girls were grown she began working for the U. S. Postal Service in Crestview, where she retired in 2004. Hattie enjoyed sixty-two and a half years of marriage to her husband Randy. Some of her favorite past times were shopping, sewing, eating lunch out, and doting on her grandchildren.
Hattie is preceded in death by her parents, brothers Harlon and Top Hightower, and sisters Hilda Mullen, Helen Syfrett, and Kitty Crosby.
Hattie is survived by her loving husband Randy Gilmore, her daughters, Elizabeth Walthall of Crestview, Florida and Kimberly Gilmore of Fort Walton Beach, Florida, and two precious grandchildren, Annie Walthall and fiancÃ© Harrison Jones of Dothan, Alabama and Austin Walthall and wife Emily of Auburn, Alabama. She is also survived by her brother, Bob Hightower of Vernon, Florida, several cousins, nieces, nephews, and many friends.
In accordance with Hattieâ€™s wishes she will be cremated with a celebration of life service to be held at a later time. Flowers are being accepted as well as donations to the American Heart Association. You may go online to view obituaries, offer condolences, and sign guest book at www.brackneyfuneralservice.com. Brackney Funeral Services is entrusted with the arrangements.