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Obituary: John P Hightower Jr.

— John P Hightower Jr., 79, of Salem died on Friday, Oct. 19, 2012. His beloved wife Tina preceded him in death. He leaves behind with saddened hearts his children Paul Hightower of Pittsburgh, Pa., Ann Hightower of Salem, Mary and Andy Freund of Stockbridge, Ga. and Susan Hightower Ford of Salem; grandchildren KJ and Jason Ford, Jordan Hightower and Scott, Kevin, Amy, Paige and Julie Freund; brothers and sisters in law Bob and Angela Miller of Salem, Mike and Nancy Covolo of Omaha, Neb.; and Joe And Jackie Covolo of Midlothian, along with many nieces, nephews and dear friends.

John retired to Salem from Alexandria after 40 years of service with the federal government. He was a dedicated alumnus of Old Dominion University and treasurer of the Roanoke Chapter of the AARP. Poppy also was an ardent supporter of his grandchildren’s athletic team and activities.

Visitation was Monday, Oct. 22 at John M. Oakey’s and Son Funeral Home in Salem. A funeral Mass was held on Tuesday, Oct. 23 at Our Lady of Nazareth Catholic Church in Roanoke, Monsignor Joseph Lehman officiated. Burial folowed at Sherwood Memorial Park in Salem. An online guestbook is available by visiting www.johnmoakey.com