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JR Highsmith

Apr 22nd, 1969 - Jan 17th, 2020

A visitation gathering for JR Highsmith will be 6 until 8 p.m. Wednesday, January 22, 2020, at Frank & Bright Funeral Home


     Jerry “JR” Highsmith Jr., age 50, of Rinard, Illinois, passed away Friday morning, January 17, 2020, at St. Louis University Hospital.

     JR was born April 22, 1969, in Flora, the son of Jerry Highsmith and Mary Lou (McCracken).  He was united in marriage to Stacy L. Moats on November 6, 2004.

     He is survived by his wife: Stacy Highsmith of Rinard; a daughter: Brittany Nicole Highsmith of Rinard; a son: Cole William Highsmith of Rinard; mother: Mary Lou Hayes; parents-in-law who thought of JR as a son: Terry & Phyllis Moats; 2 brothers: Shane (Ashley) Highsmith and Timothy (Rhonda) Highsmith; and a sister-in-law and 2 brothers-in-law: Ellen (Marvin) Lister, Christopher Moats, and Michael (Cherish) Moats.  He is also survived by extended family and friends.

     He was preceded in death by his father: Jerry Highsmith.

     JR (often affectionately called “Fat Boy” by his friends) moved to New Orleans, Louisiana, after Hurricane Katrina to work in construction and help rebuild some of the large beautiful homes in the city.  He later became trained for a position in oil testing for SGS Laboratories.  JR looked forward to being with his family for cookouts, planning crawfish boils, and especially opportunities to share in family meals including Mary Lou’s lasagna or an apple pie that Phyllis baked.  He enjoyed rock hunting and mushroom hunting, and opportunities to sing karaoke.

     A visitation gathering for JR Highsmith will be 6 until 8 p.m. Wednesday, January 22, 2020, at Frank & Bright Funeral Home in Flora.  Memorial donations are suggested to the family for expenses and will be accepted through the funeral home.  To share a memory or condolence, visit:


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Cheyenne atkisson

January 18th

I love you guys so much you all are in my thoughts and prayers may god wrap his arms around you all in this time of need

Walter J. Chaney

January 18th

Thoughts and prayers!

Shawna Matchett

January 18th

Much love and prayers to all of JRS family & friends. So so sorry.. JR until we meet again my friend R.I.P and you will never be forgotten, love ya

Holly Major

January 18th

A wonderful good soul. Always a great friend, and listening ear. I've cried on those big ole shoulders plenty of times. RIP FAT BOY.. FLY HIGH. MY PRAYERS TO YOUR FAMILY.


January 18th

Rest In Peace ole buddy


January 18th

Your all in my thoughts and prayers...

J.R. Monical

January 18th



January 20th

Prayers to the family. So very sorry for your loss

Larry sills

January 20th

I know you might not remember me I use to go to your parties I gave you and your brother rides home.we will meet some day brother so sorry my friend I send my prayers to your family love you man.

Pat Greenwood

January 20th

Brittany: I am sorry for your loss. God Bless.


January 20th

I love you daddy! Mommy and I will see you in Heaven. Please watch over her, she needs you more than you could ever know❤

Cara Stanley

January 21st

Mary Lou and family so sorry to hear about Jr.

Bud & Linda Martin

January 21st

Mary Lou, Our hearts are hurting for you in your loss of J.R. I wish we had words that would comfort you. No one understands God’s plan when a parent loses a child but we know He has a reason. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers during this most difficult time. RIP J. R. ❣️

Brian Patterson

January 19th

May God bless and keep all of the family in his Loving Care during this trying time. My heart goes out to each of you for your great loss. Jr was my friend and will be missed dearly by all of us.

Cathy (Waggoner) Hartman

January 19th

Prayers for the family, So sorry for your loss.

MaryKay Branch and Family

January 19th

Prayers and Love during this sad time going out for all the friends and family touched by the passing of JR. We will miss him.

Kim Gawthorp

January 19th

Mary Lou and boys..I'm so sorry to hear about JR we had a lot of good times I will keep you in my prayers always

Pamela Gish Greenwood

January 19th

So sorry to hear this. Thoughts and prayers to JR’s family and loved ones.

Angie Davis

January 19th

So sorry to hear this. Hugs and prayers to you all. He was one of a kind. Will be missed by so many.

Heather (lee) ross

January 19th

Sending huge prayers to my girl Britt and her momma im so sooo sorry im here if either of you need absolutely anything let me no love yall

Ann & Bonnie Waggoner

January 19th

Sorry for your loss in our prayers

Scott Sullens

January 19th

My Heart and Prayers go out to all the Family. JR was a really great person and friend. He will be missed by all.

Senna Lewis

January 20th

Fat Boy was one of a kind. So many fond memories from High School. Rest in Peace my friend.

Dale Nicholson

January 20th

He was a good man , Spent some time rabbit hunting with him and his brother Timmy hell be missed!

Rhonda Baker

January 20th

So many memories run through my head.... Haven't seen JR or Tim for years, but what times we shared... Jr was one man I can say had one of the biggest hearts of anyone... He was a friend to me for years, although we drifted apart, he was still a friend at heart... The stories I could tell.. All good times do come to an end. For Jr his good times are just beginning, in Heaven.. Fly high my friend, I will look into the sky ,talk with you through the stars... RIP ...

Jeff & Crystal Allen & Family

January 22nd

So sorry for your loss. Praying for comfort and peace at this time.

Felicity olivier

January 22nd

Praying for you all

Ron Phelps

January 23rd

We had some good times growing up playing football! You will be missed! May God bless your family with His peace & comfort during this difficult time!

Ron Pruitt and family

January 22nd

My thoughts and prayers are with you all, I loved Jr. like a brother he was to me, one day we will meet on a hill far away. Love you

Connie Jensen

January 22nd

So sorry ! R.i.p , from Klamath Falls or. We went to school together ! Prayers for the family !

January 24th

U will be greatly missed Jr ! I'm going to miss our little meeting's So while you're up there behave yourself okay ! See you on the other side my friend

Trudy Irvine

January 24th

So sorry. Thinking of your family across all the miles and years

Kristy A (Woomer) Kramer

January 24th

JR was such a great friend of my brother Tony Woomer. I’m so very sorry to learn of his passing. God bless him and his family!



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Looove you Britt. Heather
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Sherry Porter
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