Former Jefferson County resident, Darrell Clinton Highsmith died Oct. 22 at his home in Dallas, TX. A veteran of the U.S. Air Force, he served as pastor at three churches: First Baptist Church in Mingus, TX, a mission in Ashton, IL which became the 900th Southern Baptist Church in Illinois, and the Arrington Prairie Missionary Baptist Church in Sims. His military pastorates as a chaplain included six bases in the U.S. and four overseas.
Chaplain Highsmith’s survivors include his wife, Verona Highsmith of Dallas, TX; a daughter, Karen Snyder of Plano, TX; a son, Keith Highsmith of Lubbock, TX; a brother, Harlan Highsmith of Highlands Ranch, CO; a sister-in-law, Candace Highsmith of Southlake, TX; a sister-in-law, Valerie Cole of Ava, MO; a brother-in-law, Elmore Withrow of Sims; 16 nieces and nephews; and four grandchildren.
Services for Darrell Clinton Highsmith will be 10:30 Monday, Oct. 28 at the Arrington Prairie (Dickeyville) Baptist Church north of Sims with burial in the Dickeyville Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 6 – 8 Sunday evening, Oct. 27 at the Richardson runeral Home in Wayne City.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the International Mission Board Journeyman Program in Richmond, VA or the Wounded Warrior Project in Topeka, KS and will be accepted at the Richardson Funeral Home in McLeansboro.