Myrtle Antonia Thigpen – Obituary

by Lynn McMillen
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MyrtleMyrtle Antonia Thigpen, born in Florence, Ala. on May 20, 1921, who was 92 years and 7 months, passed away January 1, 2014.

Visitation will be Friday January 3, 2014 from 9-11 a.m. at Colbert Memorial Chapel. Funeral services to begin at 11:00 a.m. in the chapel, with burial to follow at Hopewell Church of Christ.

Brother Ken Chapman is officiating.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph F. and Myrtle L. Chanell Reogas; husband, George R. Thigpen; son, Joseph Douglas Thigpen; sisters, Annie Reogas and Icie Reogas; Brothers, Raymond Reogas, Wylie W. Reogas and Joseph Frances Reogas Jr.

Survivors include sons, Bobby LaRue Mayes (Toni) of Mt. Juliet Tenn. and Richard Lawrence Thigpen (Lynn) of Florence; Daughter, Lisa Kay Bush (Doug) of Evans, Ga.;

Daughter-in-law, Brenda Thigpen; Sisters, Linda Caster, Biddie Smith (Jim), Mary Marks (Charles) and Josephine Tyler; and Sister-in-law, Kathy Reogas.

Fifteen grandchildren, Kim Koehler (Frank), Albert Mayes (Maria), Kristi Galbiso (Mackie), Karrie Adams (Curtis),Chris Thigpen, Alexis Greenlee (Michael), Chip Thigpen (Leigh), Richard L.Thigpen II (Kathryn), Tobi Mayes, Michelle Bush (George), Jason Bush (Kelli), Josh Bush (Melissa), Joseph Thigpen (Bre), Kelly Thigpen and Tonya Gentry (Keith); Twenty-one great grandchildren and six great-great grandchildren.

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

Mrs. Thigpen was a member of Helton Drive Church of Christ, a loving member of Foster Grandparent Program, Extension Club and VFW Womens Auxiliary. She was also a member of the Advisory Board and was presented Foster Grandparent of the Year Award twice, and awarded the Foster Grandparent Service Award several years. Her love and compassion was clearly felt by all the children that she touched.

Her priorities were God, family and grandchildren. She loved Santa Clause and all holidays, where she could be the center of attention. There was always a party when she was around.

Special thanks to the caregivers, Pat Scott and Jenny Mooneyhan for the love and care given to our dear Mother.

Memorials may be made to the Foster Grandparent Program

P.O. Box 1000

Russellville, AL 35653

Colbert Memorial Chapel is assisting the family.

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