Kenneth Earl Highsmith, 97, of Mt. Vernon, passed away Wednesday, April 30, 2014, at Mt. Vernon Countryside Manor in Mt. Vernon.
He was born July 14, 1916, at Camp Ground, the son of Albert Clinton and Flossie Alma (Ward) Highsmith. He married Edith Marie Gish on June 30, 1939, in Mt. Vernon and she preceded him in death on Oct. 23, 1980. He later married Wilma Ruth (Davis) Jenkins on Aug. 6, 1982, and she preceded him in death on Nov. 10, 1999.
He is survived by one son, Earl Dean Highsmith of Shipman; one daughter, Donna Marie (Highsmith) Miller and husband Carl of Mt. Vernon; two stepsons, Leonard Jenkins and wife Jan of Dallas and Richard “Rip” Jenkins and wife Kathy of Simpsonville, S.C.; two stepdaughters, Linda Lamb of Blandinsville and Karen McLeod and husband Earl, of Benton, Ky.; grandchildren, Clark Highsmith and wife Susan of Denton, Texas, Charlotte Marsch and husband David of Bolivar, Mo., Kent Highsmith and wife Jannelle of Bethalto and Andrew Miller of Mt. Vernon; great-grandchildren, Benjamin Noah Highsmith , Rachel Marie Marsch, Gloria Nicole Marsch, Joslyn Leigh Highsmith and Gabriel Alexander Highsmith; stepgrandchildren, Andrea Ferguson and husband Tim, Kate Jenkins, Erin Hart and husband Paul, Gloria Gay and husband John, Carolyn Short and husband Chad, Tony McLeod and Richard McLeod; stepgreat-grandchildren, Chelesy McLeod, Jordan Gay, Tori Gay, Cameron Gay, Landon Sullivan, Madison Short, Lillie Short, Eli Ferguson and Marryn Ferguson; nephews, Paul Gish, Bill Gish, Timothy Gish, Harlan Highsmith, Larry Gowler, David Greer, Marlin Greer and Leonard Greer; and nieces, Mary Liz Henshaw, Janet Sager, Marilyn Johnson, Gail Parr, Greta Lawrence and Joyce Scott.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his two wives, Edith Marie and Wilma Ruth; three sisters, Opal Gowler, Nola Greer and Norma Highsmith; one brother Ray Highsmith; grandson Joshua Miller; nephews, Ronald Gowler, Marshall Highsmith and Darrell Highsmith; seven brothers-in-law, Roy Gowler, William Crane, Everett Greer, Clyde Arnold, Noel Davis, Wayne Reynolds and Paul Gish; four sisters-in-law, Evelyn Highsmith, Dorothy James, Francis Gish and Faye Reynolds; stepson-in-law, Wayne McLeod; and daughter-in-law, Norma (Meyer) Highsmith.