Lessie Highland was born in Hardin County on Jan. 18, 1938, daughter of the late Ben Noah and Ella Augusta Franklin Cox.
On Feb. 4, 1957, she was united in marriage to James Rueben Highland.
Mrs. Highland was a member of the Walnut Grove Church of Christ. She was an art teacher at the Walnut Grove School. She had also worked as a seamstress for Kay Windsor Company and enjoyed her flower gardening and cake decorating.
Mrs. Highland departed this life on Monday, Jan. 25, at the Hardin Medical Center in Savannah, Tennessee, at the age of 72 years and 7 days.
She leaves her husband James Rueben Highland of Savannah; two daughters, Karen and Connie Highland, both of Savannah; one granddaughter, Amber Dawn DeShazier and one great-granddaughter, Ambria Grace DeShazier; three sisters, Maggie Myrtle Nichols of Elkhart, Ind., Laverne Johnson also of Elkhart, Ind. and Shelia Dianne Cox of Savannah; two brothers, James Oscar Cox of Central, Ala. and Glen Cox of Savannah.
Mrs. Highland was preceded in death by one son, Christopher Wade Highland; one sister Priscilla Cox; and three brothers, Charles Cox, Floyd Cox and Boyd Cox.
Services were held on Wednesday, Jan. 27, at 1 p.m., at Walnut Grove Church of Christ in Savannah, with David Dowdy officiating. Burial was in the Walnut Grove Cemetery at Hardin County.