Dorothy Angelina Pollard Hightower, or DOT, as most people call her was born on December 6, 1917, in Bishop, Texas, to John Howard and Amanda Lula Pollard. She was one of eleven children who grew up a country girl in Alice, Texas with a family who stressed education, honesty, fairness, loyalty, hospitality, helping others, and involvement and respect of their community and relationship with God. Dot was called home to be with her Lord and Savior on June 13, 2013.
Dot graduated from Alice High School in 1938 and from Texas A&I in Kingsville in 1941 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education after working her way through college as a telephone operator. She met the love of her life, L.V. Dugan Hightower at Texas A&I College. She was a beautiful , reserved country girl from Alice , Texas, and he was a gregarious football star from East Texas.. They married in 1937 and were married for 55 years until his death in 1992. They taught together in Alice, Livingston, Dayton and Hull Daisetta , until they settled in Sugar Land in 1953.. Dugan told her that Sugar Land looked like a wonderful town to raise their children. They settled on the Hill in Sugar Land with their two daughters, Scotty and Tuta. They were always involved in their girl’s activities at school and with their friends. They loved their family and the extended family they had grown to know and care for so deeply. They were active members of the First Baptist Church of Sugar Land where they taught Sunday School. Dot participated in Vacation Bible School, served meals and provided service with her talents in sewing and decorating . She helped start the Iglesia Bautista Mission in Sugar Land, teaching children and adults in Spanish on Sunday morning at the Mission. Dot joined Sugar Creek Baptist Church in 1993 with her daughter, Scotty and Bob Bass and children, and was a faithful member until her death in 2013, enjoying the teaching of Pastor Mark Hartman. She also attended Merry Ministries Bible Study led by Mary Willis every Wednesday morning for the last 10 years of her life.
Dot received her Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Houston in 1952. She taught school for 37 years and retired from teaching in 1980 from Lakeview Elementary in FBISD, along with her husband, L.V. (Dugan) Hightower from Sugar Land Middle School. She then opened her home on the Hill at 123 Fourth Street in Sugar Land for ten more years to tutor students. She always stressed the importance of doing your Best and believing in yourself in order to succeed. She was an Encourager to all and was always the best advocate for her family, friends and students. Dot was a wonderful friend, counselor, listener, and advice giver. She and Dugan welcomed many people into their home throughout their years in Sugar Land where they provided meals, support , and a place to camp out. Dot always wanted to give you a little extra something to keep in your pocket just in case you needed it. Dot offered strength to those hurting and in need and gave many a reason to get up and get going and enjoy the joy that God promises for our lives.
During her 53 years in Sugar Land, Dot has been active in the schools, the district and the community. She served on various committees and always provided her support and energy to candidates for the school board and local county offices. She has supported the Sugar Land Cultural Arts Foundation project in the renovation of Lakeview Auditorium.
Dot received the BOOK OF GOLDEN DEEDS FROM THE SUGAR LAND EXCHANGE CLUB IN 2006. DOT HAS INSPIRED AND INFLUENCED BOYS AND GIRLS, MEN AND WOMEN THROUGHOUT HER LIFE BY MODELING A LIFE OF FAITH, DIGNITY, KINDNESS, HONESTY, CARING AND FRIENDSHIP . SHE WAS A POSITIVE , CHEERFUL LADY, WHO COULD MAKE YOU LAUGH WHEN YOU WANT TO CRY, KEEP GOING WHEN YOU WANT TO QUIT, AND SEE HOPE IN ALL SITUATIONS. SHE WAS ALWAYS THERE FOR YOU WITH AN OPEN HEART AND UNDERSTANDING EAR TO LISTEN. SHE MAY NOT ALWAYS HAVE TOLD YOU WHAT YOU WANTED TO HEAR, BUT SHE WOULD TELL YOU WHAT SHE BELIEVES IS RIGHT. THANK YOU DOT HIGHTOWER FOR TOUCHING PEOPLE OF ALL AGES AND HELPING TO CHANGE LIVES…WE LOVE YOU
Dot was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, L.V.(Dugan) Hightower; daughter, Neva (Tuta) Hightower; granddaughter, Bronwyn Van Slyke; great -granddaughter, Jade; her four brothers, J.C., Howard, Dee and Bill; and six sisters, Wynn, Neva, Kaki, Betty, Jimmy and Florence.
Dot enjoyed a long and blessed life with her friends, family , grandchildren and great grandchildren. She is survived by her daughter and son-in –law, Scotty and Bob Bass; grandchildren, Jennifer and Trey Barker, Marshall and Beth Durrett, Jay and Jamie Durrett, Buck and Courtney Bass, Ashley Allen and Caitlyn Van Slyke; and her great -grandchildren, Kalyn, Carson, Connor, and Kendall Barker, Maddi, Allison and Lock Durrett, Brody and Braden Durrett, and Bryton and Beckett Bass; as well as nieces, nephews, and extended family members.
The family wishes to extend their utmost heartfelt thanks to Dot’s caretakers Alicia, Bee and Diane, and to Dr. David Rothschild and Dr. Mark Schnee for years of comfort and care for Dot. We appreciate the friends and family members who have loved, visited and prayed for Dot and the support of our Sugar Creek Baptist Church family and staff and Merry Ministries Bible Study .
Friends are invited to a visitation with the family from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM, Sunday, June 23, 2013, at The Settegast-Kopf Co. @ Sugar Creek, 15015 Southwest Freeway, Sugar Land (Williams Trace Exit). Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 AM, Monday, June 24, 2013, at Sugar Creek Baptist Church, 13333 Southwest Freeway, Sugar Land, with Pastor Mark Hartman, officiating. Interment will follow at 3:00 PM, at Cleveland City Cemetery, in Cleveland, Texas.
Serving as pallbearers are Bo Harrison, Gene Arnold, Jim Arnold, Jay Arnold, Allen Hightower, Richard Hightower. Honorary pallbearers are Bob Bass, Marshall Durrett, Jay Durrett, Buck Bass, Dr. Trey Barker, Carson Barker, Connor Barker, Lock Durrett, Brody Durrett, Braden Durrett, Bryton Bass.
For those desiring, donations in Dot’s memory may be made to the Children’s Ministry or to the Second Mile Ministry at Sugar Creek Baptist Church.