DELTONA, Fla. — Richard “Richie” Keith Highsmith, 65, of Deltona, Fla., died Friday, April 10, 2020, at his residence after a brief illness. Highsmith was born in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., to the late Florenz H. and Betty- Carol Taylor Highsmith. He lived in Waycross most of his life and was a 1972 graduate of Ware County High School. Highsmith was a Master Plumber and of the Christian faith. He could fix anything, enjoyed building stuff and tinkering with cars. Highsmith also loved to sing, listen to music and helping people. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by seven uncles, Edmund Highsmith (wife Vertilee), Wesley Highsmith, Winston Highsmith, Eli Highsmith, Harvey Highsmith, Hank Sullivan, and Perry Butler; an aunt, Patricia Highsmith. Survivors include three children, Carmen Barber (Josh) of Waycross, Lauren “Lolo” Jones (Keith) of Mauldin, S.C., Aaron Highsmith (Casey) of Waycross; seven grandchildren, Allyssa Barber, Ryan Barber, Emma Barber, Hayden Barber, Jake Barber, Carson Highsmith, and Cameron Highsmith; former wife, Valerie Highsmith; one sister, Jerita Stalvey (Dennis) of Americus; three nephews, Hal Stalvey (Tanya) of Valdosta, Matt Stalvey (Aimee) of Evans, Ga., and Ashley Stalvey of Coconut Creek, Fla.; three uncles, Leslie Highsmith (Myrtie) of Waycross, Mike Highsmith (Cindy) of Chipley, Fla., Ronnie Thrift (Jan) of Waycross; seven aunts, Josephine Jolley (Bill) of St. Simons Island, Myrna Sullivan of Atlanta, Laverne Ogden (Rudy) of Brunswick, Lyndall Howard of Waynesville, Carol Highsmith of Waycross, Geneva Highsmith of Brantley County, and Elizabeth Highsmith of Leesville, La. The family would like to acknowledge his friendship with Susan Collins and her daughter, Abby, that thought of him as a “Papa.” A host of cousins, extended family, and friends also survive. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Contributions can be made, in memory of Richard Highsmith, to The Foundry Ministries at the following link: https://app.etapestry.com/onlineforms/The-FoundryRescueMissionand/donatedefault.html Sympathy may be expressed online at www.milesodumfuneralhome.com. Miles-Odum Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.