Mr. Arl Gordon Hightower, 98, of Clifton died June 5, 2020 at Clifton Lutheran Sunset Home.

Funeral service will be June 9 at 2 p.m. at Sneed Funeral Chapel in Lampasas. Private burial will follow. Visitation will be one hour before the service.

Arl was born Dec. 7, 1921 in Moline, Texas, the son of Arl Richard Hightower and Viola Mae (Reeder) Hightower.

He spent the majority of his life in the Lometa area, where he was ranch foreman for 48 years for the Bohning family and drove a Lometa school bus for about 25 years.

Arl served during World War II in the Army Air Corps as an ambulance driver and medic.

He married Beth Patterson in July 1945, and she preceded him in death in 2011.

Arl helped build the Lometa rodeo arena and served on the Lometa City Council.

Survivors include sons William Hightower and wife Patricia of Clifton, and Gordon Hightower and wife Dora of New Braunfels; four grandchildren, Melissa Ranson, Kathy Rakowitz, Kim Okland and Jimmy Moore; 12 greatgrandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Arl was preceded in death by his brothers Berlie and Howard; and by sisters Ladell, Opal, Edna and Euva.

Memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project.