Family members, members of the Hightower Cemetery Association and guests clustered around the grave of John B. Hightower on a chilly windy Saturday morning to bring honor to their ancestor by unveiling a Texas Ranger Marker. The ceremony took place in the historical Hightower Cemetery near Morgan Mill.
Hightower, born in Georgia in 1822, fought in the Mexican-American War, moved his family to Texas, served with the Texas Rangers, was a veteran of the War Between the States. He served in the Second Texas Frontier District commanded by Major George B. Erath. He died in 1876 and is buried in the Hightower Cemetery along with several members of his family.
The invocation was given by president of the Hightower Cemetery Association, Roscoe Davis. Other participants in the ceremony included Gordon Bell, great-great grandson, great-great-great granddaughter, Susan Buckley, great-great-great grandson, Blake Bell and g-g-g-granddaughter, Denise Kidd, great-great-great-great-granddaughters, Emily and Erin Buckley, Diane New, and g-g-g-g-grandsons, Bowen Buckley and Lindsey Bell.
Sergeant Chris Clark, Texas Rangers, Company B, included in his remarks that Hightower showed the courage and determination that is embodied in today’s Ranger force and that his life is a fine example of that frontier spirit needed to serve the people of Texas.
Following the ceremony, everyone was invited to the Community Center in Morgan Mill for lunch and visiting.