Sharon G. Highsmith, 87, an original member of the U.S. Army Band, died Thursday at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.He had lived in Washington for the past 54 years.
Born in Saint Francisville, Ill., Mr. Highsmith joined the Army at 18 and later served in France and Germany in World War I.
When the Army band was established in 1922 on the orders of Ben. Pershing, Mr. Highsmith joined it as a clarinetist. He served with the band until retiring as a master sergeant in 1941.
He then worked as a security guard for the federal government for 20 years.
A 32d degree Mason, he was a member of William R. Singleton Lodge No. 30: the D.C. Consistory of the Scottish Rite; Lebanon Chapter No. 25 of the Eastern Star, and Capitol forest No. 104 of Tall Cedars of Lebanon.
Mr. Highsmith also was a member of the Almas Temple Shrine Band and the Alexandria Citizen's Band. He rehearsed with the Kena Temple Band in Alexandria and had been playing until recently. He belonged to Trinity Episcopal Church.
He is survived by his wife, Annie Lee Foster Highsmith, of the home; a daughter, Margaret H. Harwood, of Arlington; three stepchildren, L. A. Foster Jr., of Baltimore, John Foster, of Lenoir, N.C., and Betty Burgess, of Silver Spring, 13 grandchildren and a great-grandchild.