Ora Lee Hightower-Brown

May 3, 1932 ~ January 6, 2019 (age 86)

            On Sunday, January 6, 2019 at 4:30 p.m., God sent his angels to escort one of his precious children to her heavenly home, Mrs. Ora Lee Hightower-Brown, 86, of Youngstown, who was surrounded by her loving family at home.

            Ora was born May 3, 1932 in Youngstown, a daughter of the late Caleb and Dolly Ann Clark Hill.  She attended East High School.  Ora was united in holy matrimony to the late James E. Bohannon in 1950 and to this union one child was born, Nathaniel.  She confessed Christ at an early age and was baptized.  She joined the Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Youngstown and became a member of the No. II Usher Ministry.

            On June 17, 1961, she married the late Floyd Hightower and relocated to Aliquippa, PA.  While in Aliquippa, she joined the Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, and was employed at the Surburban General Hospital.  In the mid 1980’s, she and her husband returned to Youngstown and reunited with the Mt. Zion Baptist Church.  Floyd passed away on May 23, 1991.  Upon her return to Youngstown, she sought employment with the Youngstown Area Urban League in its Seniors program.  She was a member of the Pink Carnation Club, A. Phillips Randolph Institute, NAACP and the United Negro College Fund.  She enjoyed entertaining, traveling, cooking, shopping (especially for hats), and was very family oriented.

            On September 2, 1995, she married Leon Brown.  He passed away in June 7, 2000.

            She leaves to mourn her passing, but to rejoice in her heavenly peace, her son, Nathaniel (Carla) Bohannon of Youngstown; her granddaughter whom she reared and with whom she made her home, DeShawn Bohannon Hightower (Glen Brown); a step daughter-in-law, Deborah More of Youngstown; 2 sisters-in- law, Ann Hightower of Miami, FL, and Doris Hightower of Aliquippa, PA. a special cousin, Sharon Hill Staples of Chicago, IL who was like a niece;  8 step grandchildren; and a host of other family and friends.

           She was greeted at Heaven’s Gate by her parents; her husbands, a cousin, Owens Hill, who was like a brother; uncle and aunt, Joseph and Thelma Clark who were like parents to her after the death of her parents.

            Visitation will be Monday, January 14, 2019 from 11:00 a.m. - 12 noon at the Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 827 Wilson Ave.  Funeral Services will follow immediately at 12:00 noon.

            The family wishes to give special thanks to Hospice of the Valley, Medicare Care Choice Team, Chaplain Gary Rozier, Yvonne Wilson, Dr. Ronald Scott, Dr. Zeina Amil and Dr. Medford Mashburn; Comfort Keepers; and caregiver, Janet Wright.

            Arrangements entrusted to the L. E. Black, Phillips & Holden Funeral Home.

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