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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Bryant Hightower Funeral Director
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Richard Hightower Funeral Director
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Bill Hightower Funeral Director
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Cathy Hightower Administrative Coordinator
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Cason Hightower Community Relations Coordinator
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Kent Standifer Funeral Director
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Ross Gibbs Funeral Director
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Ernest Carter Funeral Director
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Marjorie Carter Funeral Director
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Virginia Barnes Administrative Assistant
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Larry Bostwick Funeral Assistant
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Jimmy Bryan Funeral Assistant
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Jerry Driver Funeral Assistant
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Rhett Estes Funeral Assistant
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Horry Johnson Funeral Assistant
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Evelyn Reeves Visitation Attendant & Circle of Friends Director
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Brandi Caldwell Visitation Attendant
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Peggy Driver Visitation Attendant
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Pauline Jennings Visitation Attendant
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Lynnell Johnson Visitation Attendant
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Virginia Patterson Visitation Attendant
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Phyllis Willis Visitation Attendant
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In memory of Nell Thigpen

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.

Richard Hightower

Funeral Director
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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.

Cathy Hightower

Administrative Coordinator
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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.

Kent Standifer

Funeral Director
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Ross Gibbs

Funeral Director
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Ernest Carter

Funeral Director
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Marjorie Carter

Funeral Director
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Virginia Barnes

Administrative Assistant
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Larry Bostwick

Funeral Assistant
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Larry has been with Martin & Hightower for several years now and is blessed to be able to help families during their most difficult times. Larry is a lifelong resident of Carroll County and is a 1962 graduate of Villa Rica High School.  He is married to Eleanor Jones Bostwick and they have two daughter: Jan Marlow and Sheryl Marlar.  They have 3 grandchildren.  Larry is a very active member of Midway Macedonia Baptist Church (commonly called Midway).  He serves as a Deacon and greeter and choir member.  Larry retired from Frito Lay following 30 years of dedicated service and he also served 30 years as a Volunteer Fireman with Station 3 in Sand Hill, Carroll County Fire Department. Larry loves to play golf, fish and garden.  He is honest and hard working.  He loves people.  He credits the late Dan Dunn for getting him into the funeral business.  And is proud to work for a "5-star" funeral home--Martin & Hightower.

Jimmy Bryan

Funeral Assistant
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Jerry Driver

Funeral Assistant
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Rhett Estes

Funeral Assistant
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Horry Johnson

Funeral Assistant
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Charles Horry Johnson is a lifelong resident of Carroll County and was a graduate of Mount Zion High School.  Following high school, Horry received a Business Administration degree from West Georgia College.  He is married to Eunice Ward Johnson and they have 3 children: Dennis Johnson, Dale Johnson and Carole Thompson.  Horry has 6 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.  Horry is very active in the Pleaseant View Baptist Church where he serves as a Deacon, Cemetery Trustee and the Cemetery carekeeper.  Horry is an avid cattle farmer and can be seen most Mondays at the Carroll County Sale Barn.  He is also a member of the Cattlemen's Association and serves as a Poll worker.  Horry is retired.  He is a United States' Army veteran and served during the Korean War.  Aside from going to the cattle auctions, Horry enjoys meeting new people and paying visits to the elderly and shut-ins.  He is a hard working fellow and when he is not at the funeral home, he is probably farming.  Horry joinied the staff of Martin & Hightower in 2005 and feels that Martin & Hightower is more compassionate than other funeral homes of which he has become aquainted.  He feels his service to the families at the funeral home is very rewarding and is something that God wants him to do.  He is appreciative of Richard Hightower for getting him into the funeral business.

Evelyn Reeves

Visitation Attendant & Circle of Friends Director
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Evelyn came to Martin & Hightower in August, 1997. Since then, she has been very instrumental in the Circle of Friends. Evelyn is a native of Arabi, Georgia and graduated from Newton County High School in 1957. She currently resides in Roopville. Evelyn retired from Bellsouth after 35 1/2 years. Evelyn and her late husband, Jim, have 2 children, Deborah Barnette and Mike Reeves. Evelyn and Jim were married for 47 wonderful years. She is a member of Roopville Road Baptist Church where she is active in Sunday School and church. She enjoys spending time with her family, being involved and helping people, reading, walking, traveling and working at Martin & Hightower and especially spending time with her grandchildren.

Brandi Caldwell

Visitation Attendant
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Peggy Driver

Visitation Attendant
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Pauline Jennings

Visitation Attendant
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Pauline is a life-long resident of Carroll County and graduated from Whitesburg High School in 1958. She is a member of the Friendship Baptist Church in Douglas County. She volunteers her time at Tanner Medical Center and enjoys reading, cooking, gardening and most importantly, loving her chidren and grandchildren and spending time wit them. Pauline also enjoys doing things for others and loves to work with and help older people. She considers it a joy to be able to work at Martin & Hightower. Pauline is married to Richard Jennings and has 5 children: Ricky and Lana; Mike and Sharon; Steven and Lisa; Mandy and Wes; and Shanda and Brian.

Lynnell Johnson

Visitation Attendant
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Catherine "Lynnell" York Johnson has lived most of her life in the Carrollton area. She was a 1953 graduate of the Whitesburg High School. She and her late husband, William Grant "Bill" Johnson, have 3 children, Dondra J. Merrell, Karan and Brent McCaghren and Matthew York Johnson. Lynnell is an active member of the Tabernacle Baptist Church where she is involved in the Friedship Sunday School Class and helps feed families. Lynnell is very active in the Circle of Friends group sponsored by Martin & Hightower. She is also active with the Days of Hope and Bellsouth Pioneers. Lynnell retired from Bellsouth following 37 1/2 years of service to the Engineering Department. She enjoys spending time with her children, her 5 grandchildren and her only great granddaughter. She also enjoys watching "The Batchelor" and "Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader" on television. Lynnell has been with Martin & Hightower since June, 1999.

Virginia Patterson

Visitation Attendant
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Phyllis Willis

Visitation Attendant
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Phyllis is a Bremen native and has been in the Carrollton area for over 60 years. She graduated from Villa Rica High School in 1957. She met her husband Charles in January of 1956 and were high school sweethearts. They married in 1959 and had 3 children. Her daughter, Terrie Lynn Willis, passed away at the age of 2. Their two sons, Chuck and Jonathan are both married and have blessed Phyllis and Charles with 8 grandchildren.


Phyllis has worked for Empire 5 and 10, AT&T and Southwire. She also owned and operated the Baskin Robbins in Carrollton for several years. She and her husband, Charles, owned and operated The Squire Shop on the Carrollton Square for many years. Phyllis also owned and operated My Fair Lady boutique for a couple of years. After selling The Squire Shop Phyllis began working for Martin & Hightower and Burson Feed and Seed, both part time.


Phyllis has always loved people and has a servant's heart. She enjoys working visitations at Martin & Hightower and considers her role with the funeral home one that is of the utmost importance.

In memory of Nell Thigpen

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In memory of Nell Thigpen, 2017.

Nell came to work for Martin & Hightower in October, 2001. She was a native of Newnan, Georgia and had been a long-time resident of Carrollton. She graduated from Carrollton High School in 1954. She had 5 children, Michael David (Sharon) Thigpen; Sherry Lee Kierbow; Barry Mark (Debbie) Thigpen; Martha Nell (Dan) Roddenberry and Alicia Kay (Mark) Crawford. She was a member of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church where she is involved in Sunday School, Prayer Group and helps cook for Awana's. She was very active in the Circle of Friends and enjoyed reading, sewing, traveiling, family, her job and friends. She was a proud Christian and mom and grandmother to 12-they were her joy! Nell passed away in 2017 and will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her!