Autrey (A.L.) Hightower," The Honey Man" 84, of Malvern died April 21. He was born in Malvern, the son of O.A and Annie (Albey) Hightower. He served in U.S Army in WWII, and then help form the National Guard in HSC., was a machinist for Reynolds Metal. Autrey and his wife founded Autrey's Honey Farm known worldwide, in 1957. Autrey help found and was first president of the HSC Bee Keepers Association, was a well known beekeeper, and was always giving away his honey bears to waitresses, doctors, nurses, lawyers and strangers.
Autrey was preceded in death by his parents, wife of 62 years, his lifelong sweetheart, Marie (Shell) Hightower, great-granddaughter Hannah Grace, brother, David Hightower, SR., and sister, Irene Rambo.
He is survived by his son, Sammy Hightower and wife, Kathy, two daughters, Janet Otts and husband, Billy all of Malvern, Rita Dixson and husband, Emmett Sr., of Traskwood, six grandchildren, Michael and Wesley Hightower, Jeff Otts and wife, Sonya, Julie Orr and husband, Kyle, Holly Carr and husband, Kevin, Chris Golden and wife, Brianna; Eight Great-grandchildren, Koty Hightower and wife, Kenya, Jessica Hightower, Garrett and Laekyn Otts, Kylie Orr, Audrey Carr, John and Daniel Golden, one great-great granddaughter Bentley Blair Efird, five step-grandchildren, Melissa Caple, Angela Petty and husband, Ryan, Emmett Dixson, Jr., Sheila Carter, Keith Dixson and wife, Penny; ten step-great grandchildren, Colburn Caple, Hanna and Haley Petty, Ashley, Brandon, and Michael Dixson, Beau Icenhower, Faith, Destiny, and Noah Dixson, step great-great grandson, Lane Icenhower. Two brothers, Eudale Hightower of Malvern, Verlin Hightower of Tulsa, three sisters, Eunice Bullock of Oklahoma, Grace Hall and Mary Hickman both of Malvern.
Funeral 10 a.m., Wednesday, April 25, in Regency Chapel with burial in Big Creek Cemetery.
Visitation 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday April 24 at Regency.
Memorials may be made to Hannah Grace's Gift 2226 McHenry Drive Malvern, AR 72104.
Arrangements by Regency Funeral Home.