Mrs. Dottie Faye Kilpatrick Hightower Medlin went to her heavenly home with Jesus on April 30, 2023. She was born on August 27, 1931 in Coalinga, CA the daughter of Thomas Lester Kilpatrick and Ruby Adele Kilpatrick and step-mother, Dorothy Kilpatrick. She attended East St. Louis High School, Illinois, graduating in 1947. She went on to attend William Jewell Baptist College, graduating in 1953 with her Bachelor’s Degree. She married Russell C. Hightower in Independence, MO on June 1, 1953 and from this union came three sons and two daughters. Dottie shared in Russell’s ministry in several churches in Texas, Oklahoma, and California. They enjoyed 40 years of happiness before his passing in 1993. She enjoyed writing poems, articles and music, theater, playing the piano, being involved in the ministry of her churches and spending time with her family. She was a sweet mother and a warm and loving grandmother.
She went on to marry Wesley H. Medlin, Jr. on June 8, 1996 in Sherman, TX. God blessed them with a wonderful marriage for almost 27 years. She and Wesley spent over 20 years serving faithfully at the Rio Grande Bible Institute in Edinburg, TX. They came to live in Garber, OK in 2016. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Garber for the last seven years.
She leaves behind to mourn her loss, her husband, Wesley H. Medlin, Jr., children, Lonny G. Hightower and wife Diane, Joy L. Paroda and husband Jay, Tina M. Steinson and husband Eric, and Kevin L. Hightower and wife Megan, and 14 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren. She also leaves behind her step-children, Wayne H. Medlin, Debra J. Medlin, Steven A. Medlin, Pamella A. Gilbert, Warren D. Medlin, and six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
She was reunited in heaven with Russell C. Hightower, her son, Wesley K. Hightower, her parents and other precious relatives.
A celebration of Dottie’s life will be held at the First Baptist Church of Garber on Wednesday, May 3rd at 2:00pm. Dottie loved yellow roses and gifts of flowers will be appreciated, however, if you would rather donate to a worthy cause, the family has chosen the Rio Grande Bible Institute. Please send your checks to 4300 S US HWY 281 Edinburgh, TX 78539. Contributions can also be made online to the National Scoliosis Foundation at www.scoliosis.org.