Norman N. Highley, 77, Nevada, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013, at Mercy Hospital, Ft. Scott, KS, following a two-year battle with pulmonary fibrosis. He was born Dec. 31, 1935, in Montevallo to James M. Highley and Gertie Ann Rapp Highley. He married Joyce Henry on July 5, 1953, in Olympia and she survives of the home.
In 1951 in the front seat of a 1939 Chevy car, Norman was saved. In 1959, he told his call to preach, and he became an ordained minister in 1960. During more than 50 years of preaching the Gospel, he traveled throughout Missouri and in Kansas, Tennessee, Kentucky, Idaho and Montana. He served as pastor for 12 churches: Since 2002 Bro. Norman served as missionary for the Cedar County Missionary Baptist Association. He was an organizing member of Bethel Missionary Baptist Church in Nevada.
For many years, Norman and his son, Kenny, were partners in Highley Tire Center. He retired in 2000 after working several years at the Stockton store, after which he enjoyed his flowers, garden and wood working shop.
In addition to his wife, Joyce, survivors include five children – Patricia Bobbett and her husband, Rick – Nevada, Kenny Highley and his wife, Linda – Nevada, Glenda Todd and her husband, Frank – Loma Linda, Sherri Fleming and her husband, Nigel – Nevada and Lori Yokley and her husband, Ron – Moundville; grandchildren – Tiffany and Bryan Crawford, Joshua and Renea Highley, Jordan Highley, Jenna Highley, Daniel Fleming, Randall and Billie Yokley, Ryan and Caryn Yokley and Sarah and Justin Hancock; 11 great-grandchildren; three sisters – Virginia Summervill – Bonner Springs, KS, Marjorie Turner – Milo and Evelyn Oliver – Seattle, WA; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by three sisters – Helen Burris, Rosila Rowland and Gertie Ann Highley; six brothers – Everrett Frazier, Roy Frazier, James Highley, Alvie Highley, Orvan Highley and Ural Highley.
Funeral services began at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013, at Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada, with Bro. Kenny Mallard and Bro. Jerry Grant officiating. Interment followed in Olive Branch Cemetery, Milo.
Those who wish may contribute to the Cedar County Missionary Baptist Association in care of Ferry Funeral Home, 301 South Washington, Nevada.