Norma "Nanny" Hightower

Tuesday, April 8, 1947 - Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Dearly Loved

Photo of Norma "Nanny" Hightower  - 1947-2018

Waynesville – Norma  “ Nanny “Jean Shirley  Hightower, age 70, a beloved mother and a wonderful grandmother and great-grandmother entered into the arms of the angels on Wednesday, January 31, 2018.

Mrs. Hightower was born April 8, 1947 in Rabun County, Georgia to the late Fred Shirley and the late Ola Dills Shirley. She had resided in Georgia before making her home in Haywood County for the past 25 years. Mrs. Hightower was a dedicated homemaker, loved to camp and fish and she also had great patience to search for “ lucky four leaf clovers”. Nanny was deeply loved by her family and the special time that she shared with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren were held close to her heart.  We give thanks for the life of Norma “Nanny” Hightower and will carry her precious memory in our hearts forever. 

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond Hightower who passed away in 2010; a son, William Hightower, one brother and four sisters.

Surviving are her daughter, Betty Arrowood and her husband, Johnny Arrowood of Waynesville; her sons, James Land of Waynesville and David Hightower and his wife, Anita Hightower of Waynesville; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren;  a brother, Albert Shirley and his wife, JoAnn Shirley of Clarksville, GA; sisters, Frances Lovell of Clarksville, Georgia  and Brenda Ivester and her husband, O’Neil Ivester of Clarksville, GA and also her special loving  chihuahua dogs,“ Toejo” and “Tobby”.

Private services for Mrs. Hightower will be held at a later date.

Crawford / Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored to be caring for the Hightower family and words of comfort may be shared at


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I am so sorry for y'all loss Betty
linda campbell
We will miss her she was a sweet young lady she makes everyone smile ....we love you
Patsy Townsend
We love and will miss you norma Jean you were so sweet to me and Robert we know your happy and in peace now. Rest easy sweet lady we will miss u deeply.
Mallory and robert
David, James and Betty so sorry to hear of your mom's passing. Sending prayers for you guys! I loved your mom she was always sweet to me.
Lisa Hightower Fish