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Memorial Service for Former Cobb Police Chief Saturday

Former Cobb Police Chief Robert Hightower died at 78 on Tuesday night.

Just two months after the Cobb County Police renamed its headquarters after Robert E. Hightower, the community hero has died after suffering a fall.

Hightower completed a 26-year tenure with Cobb, serving as Chief of Police as well as the first Director of Public Safety, overseeing police, fire, 911 and corrections.

Hightower led the police department through critical periods of growth, creating many specialized units within the department that are still in service today. He also created the Department of Public Safety Training Academy, offering initial and advanced training.

After his retirement from Cobb, Hightower continued to serve residents as director of the Georgia State Patrol and as Georgia's first Director of Homeland Security.

Hightower begn his career in the United States Navy Underwater Demolition Team as a Navy Seal. He also served as a captain with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

He died Tuesday night at Wellstar Kennestone Hospital where he was recovering from a fall. He was 78.

A memorial service will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Roswell Street Baptist Church in Marietta, with the Rev. Adrian Pleus, the Rev. Scotty Davis and Dr. Ernest Easley officiating.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Shirley Hightower of St. Simmons; daughter, Kimberly Hightower-Hulsey and husband, Bobby of Studio City, Calif.; two sons, Robert E. Hightower, Jr. & wife, Kelly of Houston, Texas; Lance Hightower & wife, Angela of Dallas, Ga.; one sister, Wanda Eibling of Highpoint, N.C.; eight grandchildren; two great grandchildren, and nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in his name to the Navy Seal Foundation, 1619D Street, Bldg. 5326, Virginia Beach, VA 23459; e-mail: info@navysealfoundation.org. or to the Navy Seal Museum, 3300 North Hwy. A1A, Ft. Pierce, Fla. 34949; web: www.navysealmusuem.org or call (772) 595-5845, ext. 202.

Mayes Ward-Dobbins Funeral Home & Crematory in Marietta will be in charge of the arrangements.

John A Delves August 23, 2012 at 12:55 PM
Bob Hightower was as good as they get. His legacy will be around for ever and his leadership should serve as an example of just how it should be done. Our prayers are offered for the family. John and Sandy delves
Greg M August 23, 2012 at 03:28 PM
God bless his family during this time. Thank you Chief Hightower for your many, many years of service to this country and to our community! There will never be another like you.
repubnut August 23, 2012 at 03:45 PM
We will never forget his time coaching football in the old Mableton Tigers Youth Association. What one outstanding person he was in our community !!!
Michelle Paschal Kellett August 23, 2012 at 08:10 PM
You could never find a better man, wish we had more like Hightower thses days....he was loved by many and will be greatly missed

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