Richard B. Hightower, Sr.

Richard Hightower graduated from Bremen High School in 1955, West Georgia College in 1957and John A. Gupton College of Mortuary Science in Nashville, TN, in1958. He returned to Bremen to assist his father in constructing the area's most modern funeral facility in 1960. In 1974, he master minded a major remodeling and chapel addition to the Martin & Hightower'sWest Center Street location in Carrollton. As business increased and taxed the capacity of the West Center Street location, in 1985 he built the Martin & Hightower Heritage Chapel on South Park Street as a second location. Richard Hightower was a state and national leader in the development of funeral service. He was selected to the Academy of Graduate Embalmers and served on its board for 12 years. He is a past president of the Academy. He served on the Georgia State Board of Funeral Service from 1990 to 1998, has served on the Board of Directors of Independent Funeral Directors, and is past president of Associated Funeral Directors Service.

Bill Hightower

Bill is a third-generation funeral director and embalmer.  He lives in Bremen with his wife Susan.  They have a daughter, Jacqueline and 3 sons, Chris Wright and Tyler and Ryan Smith.  Bill is a graduate of Bremen High School and Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service.  Bill competed with the Bremen Wrestling Team and won the State Championship during high school. Bill and his family are members of the Bremen First United Methodist Church.  Bill and Susan own and operate Ambucare EMS in Haralson County.  Ambucare is a certified EMS provider.  Bill is very active in Bremen and Haralson County community service.  Bill is a member of Bremen Rotary.  He is a member of the Board of Directors for the Haralson County Chamber of Commerce. 

Dennis House

Funeral Director
Funeral Director
Dennis House began his career at Hightower's in 1972, following his graduation from Haralson County High School.  Dennis attended Carroll Tech for a year and later graduated from Gupton-Jones College of Mortuary Science in 1982.  Following graduation, Dennis received his Funeral Director and Embalmer licenses.  Dennis enjoys being able to assist families and give them a good picture of remembrance of their loved one.  Since the 5th grade, Dennis felt a calling to funeral service and is proud to be a part of the Hightower family.  Dennis feels that Hightower Funeral Home and staff strives very hard to be the best funeral home by providing unmatched service and commitment to care.  Dennis has also served in public service as a Police Officer in the past.  Dennis and his wife, Jeanene, have three children, Caleb, Andrew and Courtney Weldon.  They are members of the Cornerstone Baptist Church in Waco.  Dennis and Jeanene also own and operate D&J Granite Works and help families create an eternal memorial suitable to honoring their loved ones life.

Kyle Mayes

Funeral Director
Funeral Director
Kyle Mayes began his career at Hightower's in June, 2006, immediately following his graduation from Bremen High School (with Honors).  Kyle served his Funeral Service Apprenticeship and attended Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service and received his Associates Degree in Mortuary Science in 2009.  Kyle was inducted into the Pi Sigma Eta Academic Fraternity at Gupton-Jones.  Shortly after graduation, Kyle received his Funeral Director and Embalmer licenses from the Georgia State Board of Funeral Service. Kyle met the love of his life, Stephanie, and they married a couple years ago.  They live in Bremen and are members of the Mount Holly Church of God. Kyle is a bright young man who has a heart for people and is proud to be able to provide service to families during a difficult time. 

Kyle Kiser

Funeral Director
Funeral Director

Kyle Kiser began his career at Hightower's in October of 2014. Kyle is an honor graduate from both Haralson County High School (2011) and Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service (August, 2014) where Kyle earned an Associate of Science degree in Funeral Service. Kyle accepted membership into the invitation-only Pi Sigma Eta Fraternity for distinguished morticians from all around the nation and he is currently pursuing a Bachelors degree in Business Administration. Kyle continues to excel and holds Georgia Funeral Director and Embalmer licenses, and is a Certified Crematory Operator and Arranger, obtained through the International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association (ICCFA). Kyle is a lifelong resident of Haralson County where he attends Bethany Baptist Church in Tallapoosa.  In Kyle’s spare time, he enjoys playing golf and fishing. Kyle strives to minister to, and comfort families grieving the loss of a loved one.

Cindy McCorsley

Cindy Copeland McCorsley is a life-long resident of Bremen.  She graduated from Bremen High School in 1979.  Cindy has two sons and daughters-in-law, Will and Kati Kent and Brett and Alea Kent and has 3 grandchildren.  Cindy attends Victory Fellowship Church in Bremen.  For many years, Cindy worked for the Arrow Company and Cosco, Inc.  She has been with Hightower Funeral Home for many years and serves as the Administrative Assistant.  Cindy is a loyal and dedicated person and enjoys her job at the funeral home.

Jean Jones

Jean is a life-long resident of Haralson County.  She has raised three children, Jenny, Vicki and Gregg.  She has 4 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren.  She is a graduated of Waco High School and is a member of Bremen First Baptist Church where she is an active member of the Golden Tones Choir.  Prior to coming to work for the Hightower's in 1974, Jean also worked for the Warren Sewell Clothing Company.  Jean's extensive career in the funeral home dates back to when Hightower operated an Ambulance Service out of the funeral home.  She is very interesting to sit and talk to because she has many stories and memories of the late H. B. and Ruby Hightower and the many faithful departed for nearly 4 decades. Jean enjoys gospel music and loves her family dearly.  Since 2005 Jean has served as the director for the Circle of Friends II widows group which meet monthly in the Family Care Center adjacent to the funeral home.  The group enjoys a covered-dish meal each month and taking trips together and making new friends.

Charles Butch Young

Charles is a native of Rockmart and lives in Buchanan with his wife, Dodie.  They have a daughter, Cindy (Chris) Bowling and a granddaughter, Shannon.  Butch graduated from Rockmart High School in 1962.  Butch and Dodie operated Young's Superette and Young's Draketown Superette for 20+ years following his 15 year career with Carroll EMC. Butch is a Certified National Geographic Assistant Instructor in Scuba Diving.  Butch is a member of the Buchanan Lodge #78 F.& A.M. He enjoys being outdoors.  Butch is a Baptist by faith.

Reverend Buddy Gentry

Funeral Service Assistant
Brother Buddy is a lifelong resident of Buchanan, Georgia where he lives with his wife, Joan (White).  Buddy and Joan have 3 children, Rhonda Turner, Todd Gentry and Carmi Ridley.  They have 11 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.  Brother Buddy graduated from Buchanan High School in 1959.  He is a true musician possessing the ability to both play the piano, among other instruments, and sing. Brother Buddy is the pastor of the Baptist Tabernacle in Buchanan where he has served for 15 plus years since being called into the ministry in 1967.  Brother Buddy soon will celebrate his 40th year as a pastor.  During the past 40 years, he has pastored numerous baptist churches including Mt. Vernon, Poplar Springs, Corinth in Bowdon, Antioch in Whitesburg and Riverside in Tallapoosa.  Brother Buddy enjoys serving the Lord, ministring to families, playing Golf and Fishing.

Doug Brock

Doug is a life-long resident of Haralson County.  He graduated from Bremen High School in 1980.  Doug and his wife, Karen, attend the Bremen First United Methodist Church where Doug teaches Sunday School.  Doug and Karen have two chidren, Chelsie and Chad.  Doug is involved with the Waco City Council.  Doug has been a Firefighter for 33 years and served as the Haralson County EMA and Fire Chief for 11 years.  For the past 14 years, Doug has worked for FireMaster in Tallapoosa, Georgia. Doug enjoys working with people and lending a helping hand in a time of need. Doug is very hard-working and dependable.  Doug feels that Hightower Funeral Home offers very caring and professional services and is honored to work for Bill Hightower and family. Doug has been with Hightower Funeral Home since 2011.

Joan Edwards


Joan is a native of Buchanan and is a graduate of Buchanan High School.  She was Deputy Clerk for the Haralson County Superior Court from 1973 until 1986.  In 1987 Joan began her 12-year tenure with the Haralson County Department of Family and Children Services.  Joan attends church and Sunday School at the First Baptist Church of Bremen. Joan truly enjoys people and ministering to those in need.  Her compassionate and caring spirit is exhibited to each family she serves.  Joan is interested in people, politics and certainly, good food.  Cooking, shopping and fishing are all hobbies Joan enjoys.  Joan has three children, Stephen P. and John S. Edwards and Neva C. Owens.

Sara Rainey

Peggy Shepherd

Peggy grew up in Buchanan, Georgia and graduated from Buchanan High School.  Peggy and her husband, Wallace, have three children: Reggie, Kyle and Deneed.  They also have 7 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.  Peggy began her career at Hightower's as a visitation assistant in 2004.  Peggy is a member of the Mt. Zion East Baptist Church and enjoys singing in the choir.  She loves gospel music.  Peggy enjoys her job at Hightower's because she is able to meet people on a one-on-one basis and offer consolation and comfort during their time of grief. She also helps prepare meals in the Family Care Center for families and assists during the comfort meal following many funeral services. 

Donna Shaw

Donna recently started working for Hightower's.  Donna has previously served in the Emergency Medical Service field as a Paramedic.  Donna is a native of Fayetteville, Arkansas and has been in the West Georgia for 3 years.  She graduated from Flour Bluff High School in 1972.  Donna and her husband, Joseph, have two children: Michelle Brown and James Jones.  They also have 1 grandchild.  Donna participated in the Shop with a Cop program.  She is a member of the First Nazarene Church in Douglasville.

Scott Ginn

Scott grew up in Fruithurst, Alabama and has lived in Bremen for the past 18 years.  He and his wife, Sally, have two children: Lauren Browning and Lee Ginn.  Scott graduated from Cleburne County High School. He also graduated from Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service.  Scott began his career with the Hightower's in 1994.  Scott is a member of Bremen First Baptist Church and the Caldwell Masonic Lodge.  Scott currently works part-time for the funeral home and full-time for Plantation Pipeline.  Scott enjoys his job at the funeral home because it allows him to serve families during the greatest or most difficult time in their lives.  He feels that Hightower Funeral Home provides a greater service compared to other local funeral homes. 

Roy Wooten

Roy has lived in Haralson County for 37 years. His hometown is Ellenwood.  Roy graduated from South West DeKalb High School in 1954.  Roy and his wife, Brenda, have 6 children: Debra, Donna, Diana, Darla, Dayna and David. They also have 9 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.  Roy worked in Typesetting, Graphic Arts, Advertising for 46 years.  Following his retirement, he began working in funeral service.  Roy briefly served as a Deputy Coroner for Haralson County.  Roy is a Haralson County Master Gardener and a Mason and member of the Beulah Lodge #698 F. & A. M. He and Brenda are members of the Corinth Baptist Church where Roy serves as a Deacon and a Sound Technician.  Roy enjoys meeting people and helping them in their grief. He is compassionate, honest and hard-working.   Roy is an avid gardener, John Deere Tractor collector and enjoys working on tractors.  Roy feels that having worked at another local funeral home that Hightower's far exceeds any other!