Bessie Shelton Highsmith, 81, daughter of Med and Mamie Gilmore Shelton, was born June 21, 1923. She died Dec. 6, 2004, at her home at Orange Park, Fla.She grew up in the Cleveland community south of Houston, where she lived until her marriage to Raymond Highsmith in March 1945.Following World War II, they established their home in Jacksonville, Fla. She was a member of the Oakleaf Baptist Church of Orange Park.She was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years.Surviving are two daughters, Carol Howes Hess and Theresa Highsmith; and two sisters, Lorene Scheets and Norma Hunter of Houston.Services were Dec. 9 at the George H. Hewell and Son Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Robert D. Ball officiating. Burial was in the Evergreen Cemetery. “

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