Mr. Julius Carey Highsmith: Obituary


Julius Carey Highsmith of Cleveland died on Nov. 13, 2017 at the age of 92. Mr. Highsmith was the son of the late Rev. Elbert Highsmith and Emma Browning Highsmith.

A 1944 graduate of Clermont High School, he was a member of Truett-McConnell College’s first graduating class in 1949. Carey served in the Merchant Marines and then worked briefly for the U.S. Postal Service and the Southern Railroad. Carey retired in 1987 after 34 years as Chief of Quality Control at Talon’s Cleveland plant.

For decades, Carey actively shared his time and energy with his church and community. At Cleveland First Baptist Church, Carey served as deacon, trustee, treasurer and Sunday School Superintendent; he also sang in the choir and participated in numerous service projects. He was an active Kiwanian for 50 years, serving two terms as president of the Cleveland Kiwanis Club. Carey was a member of Truett-McConnell College’s Board of Trustees for 20 years. Over the course of several decades, Carey also served on the boards of the Northeast Georgia Regional Library, the White County Public Library, the Cleveland Housing Authority, the White County Red Cross, and the White County Water & Sewer Authority.

Family and friends frequently enjoyed the fruits of Carey’s labors in his garden and admired the beauty of his well-tended yard. A humble and quiet man, Carey will be remembered by many for his gentle and generous spirit.

Carey is survived by his wife of 65 years, Betty Telford Highsmith. Their children are David and Carol Highsmith of Fort Knox, KY, Sue and Steve Delaney of Woodstock, GA, and Bucky and Lee Highsmith of Gainesville, GA. Their grandchildren are Katie and Nathan Crumley of Gainesville, GA, Stephen and Marissa Delaney of Newnan, GA, Drew and Jenny Highsmith of Stone Mountain, GA, Brian Highsmith of Boston, MA, Kenimer Highsmith of Athens, GA, Suzanne and Jim Kelly of Nashville, TN, Eric Highsmith of Walla Walla, WA, Maggie Delaney of Woodstock, GA, Angie and Joe Kennedy of Gainesville, GA, and Ginnie Highsmith of Rome, GA. Five great-grandchildren delighted their O-pa in recent years: Tyler Delaney, Rowan Highsmith, Thomas Crumley, Adair Crumley and Conor Highsmith. Carey is also survived by his sister, Lois Johnson of Cleveland, GA.

Graveside services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, November 16, 2017 at Cleveland Historic Cemetery. A memorial service remembering Carey’s life will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, November 16, 2017 at First Baptist Church in Cleveland. Visitation is scheduled from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at Barrett Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, the family encourages memorial contributions to the church or charity of the donor’s choice.

Online condolences can be made to the family at

Barrett Funeral Home of Cleveland

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