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HIGHTOWER, EMMETT (1866–1929). Emmett Hightower, Methodist minister, son of Isaac Oslin and Rebecca Amanda (Dudley) Hightower, was born in Cass County, Texas, on March 31, 1866. He attended Southwestern University from 1883 to 1889 and Vanderbilt University in 1890–91. He was ordained a minister in the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, in 1887 and served as pastor in the Fort Worth circuit at Jacksboro, Vernon, Taylor, Mansfield, Colorado City, Dublin, Stephenville, Walnut Springs, Glen Rose, Sweetwater, Cisco, Gatesville, Belton, and the Morrow Street Church in Waco. He was Sunday school field secretary of the Central Texas Conference in 1911–12, pastor at Weatherford from 1912 to 1914, and divisional field secretary of the Sunday school board from 1914 to 1918. After his service as field secretary, he was transferred to Nashville, Tennessee, where he served as associate editor of Sunday school literature for nine years. He then returned to Texas as pastor at Breckenridge. Hightower was also trustee of Southwestern University and Weatherford Junior College. He married Ruth Gertrude Dysart on September 21, 1892; they had five children. He died on October 9, 1929, and was buried in Georgetown.


Methodist Episcopal Church, South, Journal of the West Texas Conference, 1929. Who Was Who in America, Vol. 1.

Carolyn Hyman


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