Charles Bishop Highfield

Published 10:19 am Thursday, June 20, 2024

Charles Bishop Highfield passed away peacefully at home on June 18, 2024. A minister in the Disciples of Christ Church for 70 years, Charles leaves behind his wife of 70 years, Marilyn (Lusk) Highfield, his daughter Jennifer, his son Jonathan and his wife, Cindy Voytas, and their children, Emma Bishop Voytas Highfield, Maud Francis Voytas Highfield, and Fergus Kwesi Voytas Highfield. He is survived by his brother, James Hampton Highfield and his wife Walda (Sweeney) Highfield, their children and grandchildren.
Charles was the son of James Taylor Highfield and Esther Lee (Sullivan) Highfield. He was born in Lexington, Kentucky, on November 12, 1933, though his father always claimed it was November 11. We thought his mother probably knew best. He was a third-generation Disciples minster, following his grandmother and father.
Charlie served Disciples of Christ churches across Kentucky and Tennessee. He was the Chief Moderator of the Disciples of Christ in Tennessee and served as a long-time counselor at Bethany Hills. He was an early advocate of the Pioneer Workshop in Danville, Kentucky, and was instrumental in the rejuvenation of the Garrard County Public Library.
Charlie was a car fanatic, driving faster than he should have, and rebuilding engines with a gaggle of teenage followers. He was particularly fond of Ford Mustangs, and was a proud member of the Florence, Alabama, Mustang Club, winning Best in Class with two different cars.
He will be sorely missed. An online guestbook is available at

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