Our staff's commitment to you

Our staff is committed to providing support, compassion, information, and direction as needed to all members of our community, their families, and friends who are dealing with loss and grief.

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Richard Hightower Funeral Director
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Bryant Hightower Funeral Director
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Bill Hightower Funeral Director
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Cason Hightower Community Relations Coordinator
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Andrew Keith Funeral Director
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Phillip Harrington Funeral Director
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Russell Walton Funeral Director
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Curtis Garner Funeral Service Assistant
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Earl Stennett Funeral Service Assistant
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Debbie Gaston Daniell Office Attendant and Circle of Friends III Director
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Mary Ellen McBroom Office and Visitation Attendant
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Pat Smith Office and Visitation Attendant
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Katherine Walton Visitation Attendant
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Sheila Watson Visitation Attendant

Hightower's Memorial Chapel

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Ron Barnard Funeral Service Assistant
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Billie Dunn Visitation Attendant

Richard Hightower

Funeral Director
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Bryant Hightower

Funeral Director
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Bryant Hightower Jr., CFSP, is part of a funeral service family that now includes it’s fourth generation.

Bryant has served the state of Georgia in many ways, including terms as president of the Georgia Funeral Directors Association and the Academy of Graduate Embalmers of Georgia. On a national level, Bryant has served on many National Funeral Directors Association Committees; currently, he serves as Treasurer to the NFDA Board of Directors and will being his term as President-Elect in October of 2018. His national service also includes being a member of the Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team (DMORT) for nearly fifteen years. DMORTs are composed of private citizens, each with a particular field of expertise, who are activated in the event of a disaster.

Committed to his community, Bryant has volunteered his time and talents with many organizations, such as The Rotary Club of Carrollton, Carroll Relay for Life, and the Tanner Medical Center Foundation. His local service also includes terms as president of the Carrollton Mainstreet Board of Directors, Carrollton Jaycees, Carrollton Evening Sertoma Club, and Carroll County Chapter of Ducks Unlimited.

He and his wife, Cathy, have three daughters and reside in Carrollton, Georgia.

Bill Hightower

Funeral Director
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William “Bill” Hightower is a lifelong resident of Haralson County.

Bill began working in his father’s business when he was sixteen years old – washing cars and driving ambulan

He graduated from Bremen High School in 1985, Carroll Technical School as an Emergency Medical Technician in 1986, Metro Paramedic Program in 1987 and Gupton Jones Mortuary College in 1989.

He is a licensed Funeral Director, Embalmer, Cardiovascular Technician and Critical Care Paramedic and is fully involved in the funeral business, ambulance service and the cemetery.

Bill married Susan Adams of Buchanan in 1993.  They have four children: son, Chris Wright, a graduate of Bremen High School and Auburn University; son, Ryan Smith, a graduate of Bremen High School and West Georgia College, son, Tyler Smith, a graduate of Bremen High School and a daughter, Jacquelyn Hightower, a graduate of Bremen High School and currently attending Auburn University.

Cason Hightower

Community Relations Coordinator
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Cason Hightower was born and raised in Carrollton, Georgia, living more than 18 years in Carroll County before moving to Tuscaloosa, Alabama where she began her academic career at The University of Alabama. During her time at The University of Alabama, Cason studied Political Science and Telecommunications with a concentration in Broadcast News. Her academic career led her to acquire a vast range of skills from researching legislative issues to creating multimedia projects.

In December of 2013 Cason graduated from The University of Alabama. In January of the following year she began graduate school at George Washington University, Graduate School of Political Management and accepted a job in Representative Westmoreland’s Washington, DC office.

In December of 2016, Cason decided to return home to Carrollton. She is now the Vice President of Community Relations at Hightower Family Funeral Homes and represents the fourth generation of Hightower’s to work in the family business. She is a member of the Carrollton Dawnbreaker’s Rotary Club, the Abraham Baldwin Chapter of the DAR, and Midway Church. She volunteers her time as a board member to the Carroll County CASA Board of Directors, the Carroll County Boys & Girls Club Board of Directors and Carrollton Main Street Board of Directors. Cason is the daughter of Bryant and Cathy Hightower and has two younger sisters, Karlie and Mackenzie.

Andrew Keith

Funeral Director
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Andrew and his wife, Georgina, live in Douglasville and are proud to be a part of this community. Andrew thoroughly enjoys people, ministering to families, and serving others. Andrew is a 1993 Honor Graduate of Villa Rica High School where he enjoyed both academics and playing trumpet in the marching and concert bands.  Following high school, he enrolled in West Georgia College in pursuit of a degree in Accounting when he felt a gentle tug from God to serve Him and the community in Funeral Service.  Andrew found a funeral home where he could serve his funeral service apprenticeship and he began his career in Funeral Service on June 1, 1998 followed by completion and graduation from Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service in 2000.  While at Gupton-Jones College he was accepted into the Pi Sigma Eta National Mortician's Fraternity where he would serve as Senior Artist and graduate with honors.  He married his soul mate and love of his life, Georgina McCarty, on October 14, 2000. 

He received his Georgia Funeral Director and Embalmer Licenses in 2001 and joined Academy of Graduate Embalmers of Georgia.  On April 1, 2003, Andrew started working for Hightower Family Funeral Homes at Hightower Funeral Home in Bremen.  He would join the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice, National Funeral Directors Association and the Georgia Funeral Directors Association as part of the Hightower's belief in furthering the education and continual training efforts of their funeral directors and embalmers.  In March of 2007 Andrew was asked by the Hightower's to transfer to their Hightower's Memorial Chapel location in Douglasville, Georgia and manage the staff and funeral home. In 2010, Andrew earned the distinct designation of Certified Funeral Service Practice (CFSP) and the Certified Preplanning Consultant designation.  In March of 2017, Andrew received Funeral Director and Embalmer licenses from the State of Alabama.  Andrew is also a licensed insurance agent in the State of Georgia.  He is a charter member of the Douglas County Lions Club. Andrew and Georgina are members of Beulah Baptist Church in Douglasville.

Phillip Harrington

Funeral Director
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Phillip has been a resident of Douglas County since 1974. He enjoys working with people, ministering to families and serving others. Phillip and his wife, Donna Carroll Harrington, are members of the First Baptist Church of Douglasville. They have two children: a son, Jamin (Ashley) Harrington, and a daughter, Lauren (Ryan) Fee; and three grandchildren.


Phillip owned two retail businesses in Douglasville before attending Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service. Phillip graduated from Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service in 2002 and has received Funeral Director and Embalmer's license in the State of Georgia and Funeral Director license in the State of Alabama.  Phillip also holds a Georiga Insurance license and serves as a Pre-Planning consultant.


Phillip served the community for over 15 years as a Funeral Director for Whitley-Garner at Rosehaven Funeral Home in Douglasville. Phillip is very excited to be part of the Hightower Family Funeral Homes' staff at Hightower's Memorial Chapel in Douglasville. He looks forward to continuing to serve and minister to families.

Russell Walton

Funeral Director
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Russell joined Hightower's Memorial Chapel in 2009. Russell is a lifelong resident of Douglas County and a lifelong, active member at Sweetwater Baptist Church. Russell graduated from Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service in 2018.  He is a Georgia licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer. Russell graduated from Douglas County High School in 1987. Russell is married to Julie Martin Walton and they have three sons, Justin, Corey and Chris. Russell is the son of the late Perry James Walton and the late Betty Nella Jean Hunter Walton. He is the brother to Keith (Katherine) Walton, Phil (Roxie) Walton, and Sherri (Bruce) Walker. He is an avid fisherman and a member and past president of the Fisher's of Men Bass Club with whom he participates in various BASS tournaments. Russell also enjoys camping and hunting with his sons. He is pround to serve the families in our area with genuine care and concern. You You may email Russell at russell.walton@hightowersmemorial.com.

Curtis Garner

Funeral Service Assistant
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Curtis is a life-long resident of West Georgia.  He and his wife, Charlotte, are members of Concord Missionary Baptist Church.  After retiring from General Motors in 1986, following 30 years of service, Curtis has enjoyed spending time with his family, singing, hunting and traveling.  Curtis has been with Hightower's Memorial Chapel since the Spring of 2013 and has many years' experience in funeral care.  The Garner's have 4 children: Curt Garner, Linda Fennell, Chemaine Pelter and Dustin Hayley.  You will find Curtis lending a helping hand to those in need.  Curtis enjoys people and working around people.

Ron Barnard

Funeral Service Assistant
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Earl Stennett

Funeral Service Assistant
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Debbie Gaston Daniell

Office Attendant and Circle of Friends III Director
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Debbie is a native of Douglas County, the Fair Play Community. Debbie worked for many years as a Para-Professional in the Kindergarten Department at South Douglas Elementary School. Debbie continues to work with the Douglas County School System at the central office. She has been with the school system since 1992.

Debbie has three daughters, one son-in-law, and one granddaughter. She enjoys her service to the community with the Board of Education, her church, and at Hightower's Memorial Chapel.

Debbie serves as the director of Circle of Friends III and can be reached at 770-489-2818.

Mary Ellen McBroom

Office and Visitation Attendant
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Contact Mary Ellen at 770-489-2818 or at familycare@hightowersmemorial.com

Pat Smith

Office and Visitation Attendant
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Pat and her husband, Jim, moved to Douglasville in1976. They have two children, Craig and Sarah, and two wonderful grandchildren, Elizabeth and K.J. Pat is very active in the community having served on the Downtown Development Authority and Historic Preservation Commission for the City of Douglasville. She is an active member of St. Theresa Catholic Church where she has served on the Parish Council, Liturgy Committee and Altar Society.


Pat considers it an honor and blessing to minister to families who have lost a loved one.


You can contact Pat at 770-489-2818 or email her at familycare@hightowersmemorial.com

Katherine Walton

Visitation Attendant
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Katherine has been in Douglas County for over 40 years. She is a very active member of Sweetwater Baptist Church. She and her husband, Keith Walton, have been married for 20 years. They have two children: Crystal Thomason and Christopher Gable and two granddaughters: Madalyn and Molly. Katherine takes her work with families during a loss very seriously. She is honored to be able to minister to those in need.


You can contact Katherine at 770-489-2818 or email her at familycare@hightowersmemorial.com.

Sheila Watson

Visitation Attendant
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Billie Dunn

Visitation Attendant
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