Lois Jean Hightower

May 12, 1940October 5, 2021

Lois J. Hightower, 81, of Columbia, MO passed away October 5, 2021 at the University of Missouri Hospital. A visitation will be held from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm on Saturday, October 23, 2021 followed by a funeral service at 12:00 pm with Dr. Lester Woods Jr, presiding. Both will be held at Urban Empowerment Ministries, 2404 Industrial Drive, Columbia, MO 65202. Services will be livestreamed on the Urban Empowerment Ministries Facebook page.

Lois was born May 12, 1940 to Mose and Quintella (Frazier) Bell in Bowling Green, MO. She was united in marriage on September 16, 1983 to Frank Hightower, Jr. who precedes her in death. Lois was retired from Fayette Companies in Peoria, IL, but her passion for social justice and charitable causes led her to work for many years with the NAACP and the Peoria, IL Catholic Charities. Prior to her move 9 years ago to Columbia to live with her daughter, Verna and her husband Gil, Lois was a faithful and active member of the Prince of Peace Baptist Church. Once in Columbia she joined Urban Empowerment Ministries and was a member of their Mothers Board, as well as being a founder of Worley Street Roundtable, an organization that address education disparities for children and teachers of color in the Columbia community.

In addition to all of the work Lois did to make good in her communities, she was a cherished mother, sister, grandmother, great grandmother, and great great grandmother. She made daily calls to family and friends and her love for everyone could never be measured.

In addition to her husband, Lois is preceded in death by her parents.

She is survived by her children, Verna (Gil) Laboy of Columbia and Leia Murray of Atlanta, GA; bonus children, Joie Hightower ( William) Thompson of Atlanta, GA, Jerred Hightower of Clarksville, TN, Frank (Kenna) Hightower III of Rockford, IL, and Ricky (Sheri) Hightower of Houston, TX; siblings, George Bell of California and Mable Easton of Palmyra; 16 grandchildren; 32 great grandchildren; 5 great great grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, and special friends.

In lieu of flowers, Lois would love for you to support social justice and change, which was very dear to her heart, by donating to Worley Street Roundtable, PO Box 62, Columbia, MO 65205.

The family wishes to extend special thanks to Urban Empowerment Ministries, family, and friends for their acts of love and kindness that are too numerous to mention.

Condolences may be left on the webpage or faxed to 573-442-2530.


23 October


10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Urban Empowerment Ministries

2404 Industrial Dr
Columbia, MO 65202

23 October

Funeral Service

12:00 pm

Urban Empowerment Ministries

2404 Industrial Dr
Columbia, MO 65202


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Barbara Lewis

October 11, 2021

Lois came into my life at a time I really needed a friend. Little did I know she became like family to me and my children. I was divorced and she gave me guidance and love. She along with her girls gave me and my children lots of love and anything else we needed. I will forever hold her in my heart. I truly love her and her girls dearly.

Calvin & Pamela Hightower

October 11, 2021

We the Hightower Family of Shreveport, LA send out prayers for strength, comfort, and peace during this most difficult time. We too have stood where you are now standing. Aunt Lois was a very sweet and caring person. She will be missed.

Veronica George-Ball

October 10, 2021

I grew up with Miss Lois's chidren, Verna, and Leah. Miss Lois also use to bowl with my Mother, Pearline George, and her Sister Rose Ann Morris. Many great memories of all of them back in the good old days. Rest on in perfect peace, Miss Lois.

Ruth Bush

October 9, 2021

To the children of sister Lois I am praying GOD Peace for the family. I would like to thank you for your Mother’s friendship and present in my life we’re born in the same month one week and five years apart but would celebrate together. Sister Lois was our president of our women’s mission @ NMS and POP Church she taught us well and what Christian mission is . She was a very eloquent speaker and when she spoke of the Lord you knew that she had a personal relationship with HIM . Really gonna to miss her love 💕 that Lady.

Anita Hightower

October 9, 2021

My Sis Lois will certainly be missed as a loving and caring bubbly spirit person. Lois knew all the words to the old hymns and songs and would just start singing them leading the way. I will miss that call periodically between us to exchange what the latest might be.

Praying for the family we will always love you!

Linda Hardy

October 9, 2021

Sister Lois Hightower will certainly be missed by the friends and family. It has been a joy to be her church and Facebook Sister in Christ. May her light shine down on you as the angels rejoice. Psalm 23. Prayers and condolence from Linda Hardy Avondale Arizona.

Verna Lisa Randle

October 9, 2021

Mo was always kind to me and anyone who crossed her path. I LOVE HER SO MUCH!!! Always called to check on me and my family. Nobody read the church announcements like Lois Hightlower(lol) her sweet voice will always ring in my head. Love and prayers to the family!

Dorothy Simmons

October 9, 2021

I will always remember ❤ Ms Lois as a loving person.
She used to baby sit us when we were children.
She was beautiful as a young woman and as a senior, she priceless and principled.
The Stallings family loves you MS LOIS. and your family!

Al Terrill

October 9, 2021

When I first met “Granny” at the Fun City Youth Academy, I fell in love with her. She was a strong, intelligent and beautiful soul. I hadn’t realized yet, that she was one of Father God’s angels on this earth.

She assisted me with my students. She offered such wisdom and sound advice to each youth; to me. She made an undeniable influence on anyone in her presence. Oh, did I mention Granny didn’t play.

Father God decided to call one of His angels home. Job well done my good and faithful servant.

I’ll be forever grateful for the time I got to spend and share with Granny. I’ll simply say, until I see you again.

To the family, just know to be absent of the body is to be with the Lord. Granny is in good company.

I’m sending my condolences, prayers and love to the entire family.

Al Terrill, Sr

Cheryl Anthony

October 9, 2021

Verna, I will always remember and love your Mom. My most unforgettable memory was when we decided to graduate high school early and then we changed our minds. We started skipping school and partied at your house during the day while your Mother was at work. We almost got away with it until you decided to keep Nikki home from school. Your Mom called me and told me how disappointed she was in the decisions that we made and she corrected me real good before calling my Mom. Back then any Mom could get you. (we made it, we graduated) I will never forget having that additional Mom to set me on the straight and narrow. Look at us today. Their daughters!
Love you and praying for the entire family.