Pamela Padgett Hightower, 49, passed away on Thursday, November 1, 2018 at home in Jesup, Georgia surrounded by her loving family under the care of Heartland Hospice.

Pam was born on May 1, 1969 in Heflin, Alabama. She spent her early years there and was a 1987 graduate of Cleburne County High School. Pam attended Jacksonville State University where she was a member of the Marching Southerners Ballerinas. She worked for several years as the Assistant City Clerk for the City of Heflin, was a founding member of Relay for Life in Cleburne County, Alabama and had also been appointed to the Cleburne County Board of Registrars. After moving to Jesup in 2006, Pam was owner and operator of Velocity Health and Fitness. She served her community as chairperson of the Downtown Development Authority and as a member of the Relay for Life Committee in Wayne County. She served on the board of directors for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and had also been emcee for the Wayne County Christmas Parade on several occasions when volunteering with the Chamber of Commerce. Pam’s business was elected Small Business of the Year in 2014 by the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce and she was a 2015 graduate of Leadership Wayne. Pam loved her community, but she loved her church even more. She devoted herself to her Lord, Jesus Christ, and Calvary Baptist Church through the Choir and Music Department. In addition, she participated regularly with the Ladies Ministry Team, taught Sunday School for Junior High students and worked as the Vacation Bible School director. Pam’s prayer was that the example she set had lead someone else to know the Lord, Jesus Christ, as their personal Lord and Savior as she had.

Her father, Ralph Padgett; her sister, Phyllis Padgett Chandler, and her mother-in-law, Barbara Hightower, preceded her in death.

Survivors include her husband of nineteen years, Joseph “Joe” Hightower of Jesup, GA; two sons, Michael Beau Brooks and Noah Joseph Hightower both of Jesup; mother, Mary Lois Padgett of Heflin, AL; sister, Patricia Padgett Daugherty and husband, Roy of Heflin, AL; brother Paul Padgett and wife, Shyla of Heflin, AL; brother-in-law, Bobby Chandler of Aniston, AL; nieces, Kayla Chandler Peeples and husband, Jake of Weaver, AL and Casey Padgett of Heflin, AL; nephew, Brady Padgett of Heflin, AL; great niece, Chanlea Peeples; great nephew, Jaylyn Peeples; uncle Douglas Padgett of Tallapoosa, GA and father-in-law, Kenneth Hightower of Jesup. A host of extended family members and friends also survive.

Visitation will be from 6:00 until 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 3, 2018 at Calvary Baptist Church in Jesup.

Funeral services will be at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, November 4, 2018 at Calvary Baptist Church in Jesup with Reverend Vann Dempsey officiating. The body will lie in state one hour prior to the services.

Active pallbearers will be Rudy Rooks, Shaun O’Quinn, Brady Padgett, Jake Peeples, Steve Perry, Josh Perry and Derek Williams.

Visitation will be held Monday, November 5, 2018 at East Heflin Baptist Church in Heflin, Alabama from 11:00 until 1:00 p.m. with graveside services following immediately in Heflin Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests remembrances are made to the Building Fund at Calvary Baptist Church, P.O. Box 9, Jesup, GA 31598 or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-9959.

Pam was a loving daughter, wife, mother, sister and friend who devoted herself unselfishly to her family and friends. She will be fondly remembered and greatly missed by all who had the privilege to know and love her.