Thelma Cornelia Hightower

October 3, 1927June 3, 2021

Thelma Cornelia Hightower, age 93, of Sarasota, Florida passed away on Thursday, June 3, 2021. She was born October 3, 1927 in Jacksonville, Florida to the late Walter Grant and Georgia Dansky Grant.

Thelma attended Franklin Elementary School; graduated from Boytan Haren High, all girls school, and later graduated from Central School for Practical Nurses in 1959. She moved to New York City, New York on May 1, 1947. Thelma was employed in the City Hospital System, where she met and married Herman Hightower on July 12, 1950. They moved to Queens, New York on November 1, 1957. While residing in Queens, Thelma worked at Bellview Hospital, before retiring as head nurse from Forest View Nursing Home after 20 years of service.

After Herman Hightower departed this life on December 28, 1997, Thelma moved to Sarasota to be in warm snowless area and to be near family. She was active in several churches here in New York and Sarasota, recently she joined Bethlehem Bible Church, under Pastor Patrick Miller. Thelma volunteered at the Heron House Assisted Living facility for 10 years, providing religious services.

Thelma is survived by daughter Jacquline Cumming; 3 grandchildren, one great granddaughter, nieces, nephews and many friends. Thelma is preceded in death by a sister and brother.

A graveside service for Thelma will be held Wednesday, June 9, 2021 at 11:00 AM at Palms Memorial Park, 170 Honore Ave, Sarasota, FL 34232.


  • Jacquline Cumming, Daughter
  • Also leaves behind 3 grandchildren, one great granddaughter, nieces, nephews and many friends. Thelma is preceded in death by a sister and brother.


  • Graveside Service

    Wednesday, June 9, 2021


Thelma Cornelia Hightower

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Alexis Marcelle

June 7, 2021

Ms. Thelma was a Spiritual Mother and Friend and I loved her dearly. We shared many hours discussing the Word, the Church, and our families and friends; and we never parted without prayer. We listened to the Gaithers and gospel music, singing, clapping, laughing, crying, hugging in her apartment. We followed Dr. David Jeremiah and discussed his books as well as various other ministers and authors. We worked together at Heron House on Sunday mornings and with the homeless ministry on Sunday nights; they ALL loved her. We looked forward to shopping at our local Christian book stores and then going to her favorite Checkers or Olive Garden. We shared October birthdays when she would make me black eyed peas and I would give her Turtles. I loved to see her march across the church platform on Sunday morning singing Victory in Jesus until the congregation rose to their feet joining her in worship and praise. She loved the Lord and shared Him with everyone she met. I am eternally blessed and grateful to have known her.