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Obit – Mrs. Mary Nell McCall Hight

Mrs. Mary Nell McCall Hight, age 91, entered into the joys of her Lord’s presence at 11:55 a.m., Sunday morning, August 7, 2022, at the Pavilion Senior Living Center in South Carthage, where she had made her home since September 18, 2015. 

Mrs. Hight is at the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home. Funeral services are scheduled to be conducted Wednesday morning, August 9th, at 11 a.m. from the Carthage First Baptist Church, with her pastor, Bro. Tim Frank, and her son, Dr. Tim Hight, officiating. Burial will follow beside her husband in the Garden of Gethsemane at the Smith County Memorial Gardens.

The Hight family will receive friends at Sanderson in Carthage on Tuesday from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. and on Wednesday at First Baptist Carthage from 10 a.m. until services at 11 a.m.

Mrs. Hight was the fifth of nine children born to the late David Thomas “D. T.” McCall, who died at the age of 85 in 1985, and Amy Barnett Manning McCall, who died at the age of 77 in 1980.

Mrs. Hight was also preceded in death by five siblings, Frank Thomas McCall, who died June 15, 2003 at the age of 81, Bro. Ray Barnett McCall Sr., who died February 2, 2008 at the age of 83, David Manning (Dave) McCall, who died April 27, 2008 at the age of 70, Icie Lois McCall McDonald, who died September 14, 2009 at the age of 82, Mildred McCall Hix, who died January 16, 2013 at the age of 80.

Mrs. Hight was a 1949 graduate of Smith County High School, was in the top ten of her graduating class, was voted by her classmates as Miss C.H.S., was a member of the “Owl” paper staff, served as president of the Beta Club her senior year, vice-president of the Spanish and Latin Clubs, secretary of the Dramatic Club, was a Junior Play cast member, was a cheerleader her freshman year and majored in Home Economics.

Mrs. Hight received her Associates Degree at the Cumberland University in Lebanon and her Bachelor of Religious Education Degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in 1960.

On July 26, 1951 at the Carthage First Baptist Church, she was united in marriage to Columbia, Tennessee native Hildra Thomas (Tommy) Hight. Dr. Hight preceded her in death at the age of 83 on April 15, 2011, following fifty nine years of marriage.

She founded and served as the Director of the Early Childhood Learning Center of the East Gadsden Baptist Church in Gadsden, Alabama from 1967 to 1977.

She also served under Dr. Adrian Rogers as the Director of Preschool Education at the Bellevue Baptist Church in Memphis from 1977 until her retirement in 1995.

During her tenure at Bellevue, Mrs. Hight also served as an adjunct professor of Early Childhood Education at the Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary in Memphis.

Since her retirement and moving back to her hometown, Mrs. Hight had been a faithful member of Carthage First Baptist Church.

Surviving are her two sons, Dr. H. Thomas Hight III and wife, Lauren, of Atlanta, Georgia, Dr. A. Timothy Hight and wife, Dawn, of Christiansburg, Virginia; sister, Ruth Jean McCall and husband, Gary, of Nashville; two brothers, Albert B. (A.B.) McCall and wife, Virginia, of Carthage, John E. McCall and wife, Kay, of the Tanglewood community; eight grandchildren, Whitney Reist and husband, Ryan, Lindsey Thompson and husband, Matt, Timothy Hight and wife, Grace, McKenna Hight, Valory Hight, Courtney Wolverton and husband, Graeme, Annie Hight, and Lynden Hight; four great-grandchildren, Kace, Kai, and Prinna Thompson, and Jaxson Reist; her devoted caregiving family at the Carthage Pavilion.



  1. Mr and Mrs Eric Hiatt on August 9, 2022 at 9:11 am

    We are learning of Mrs Hight and her passing from this life and into the arms of our Savior. May God’s blessings and peace surround you and your family at this time. Continued prayers for you and your family. In Christ Jesus.

  2. Rick and Lynne Leary on August 9, 2022 at 11:21 am

    Our prayers, as always, are with the Hight family but especially in these days. What a role model Mrs Hight was to her family! Clearly she will be missed. But today she’s been made whole resting in the presence of her savior! Hallelujah!

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