A native of Macon, Ga., he was the son of the late Jeb and Esslie Highsmith.
Mr. Highsmith was a sawmill mechanic. He served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Peggy Highsmith, four brothers, Clarence, Robert, Tommy and Johnny Highsmith, and a sister, Pearl Bell, all of Georgia.
Survivors include his children, Rev. Bill and Rachel Highsmith, Rev. Matthew and Gloria Guy, Richard Highsmith and Frank Highsmith, all of Tiger Creek; his grandchildren, Brandy Highsmith, Billee “Billee Boy” (as he was fondly called by Gran Pap) Highsmith, Bradley Guy, Christopher Highsmith and Jeffery Highsmith; and his great-grandchildren, Logan Whitehead, Alexis “Katie Jay” Matheson, Trinity Matheson, Mason Matheson and Caleb Guy. A special nephew, Abray Bell, Ball Ground, Ga., also survives.
The funeral service for Mr. Highsmith will be conducted at 7 p.m. Saturday, October 20, in the Sunset Chapel of Hathaway-Percy Funeral and Cremation Services with Rev. John Vance, Rev. Bill Morgan and Rev. Bob Campbell officiating. Music will be under the direction of the Vance Family. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, prior to the funeral service, or at the residence, 117 Highsmith Lane, Roan Mountain, at other times. The graveside service and interment will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, October 21, in the Captain Nelson Cemetery. Military Honors will be accorded by the American Legion Post No. 49. Active pallbearers will be Jason Matheson, Billee Highsmith, George Baker, Rob Chambers, Andy McGuire, Jackie Triplett and Leon Guy. Honorary pallbearers will be Ray Davis, Matthew Guy, Buster Barnett, Bill Chambers, Ron Brooks and Kenny Harrison. Everyone will meet at the cemetery at 1:50 p.m. Sunday for the graveside service. The family would like to express a special thank you to Kenny Harrison and the nurses of Amedysis Hospice for their care to Mr. Highsmith. Online condolences may be sent to the family and viewed by visiting our website at www.hathawaypercy.com.
Hathaway-Percy Funeral and Cremation Services is serving the Highsmith family. Office (423) 543-5544.