Henry J. Thigpen

Published 7:00 am Tuesday, July 19, 2016

OBIT Henry Thigpen

Funeral services for Henry J. “Pete” Thigpen, 96, of Picayune, MS, who passed away Sunday, July 17, 2016, will be held Thursday, July 21, 2016, at 11:00 am at Roseland Park Baptist Church.
Visitation will be Thursday, July 21, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. at Roseland Park Baptist Church.
Burial will be in Cedar Grove Cemetery under the direction of McDonald Funeral Home.
Elder Neal Davis will officiate the service, assisted by Elder Glynn Erwin.
He was a proud veteran of World War II serving in the Pacific. He was retired from the construction industry. Henry was highly spoken of by his coworkers as being such a hard worker. He dearly loved children and was fondly known as the “Sweet Tart Man”. He always carried Sweet Tarts in his pocket for children. Henry was a member of Cedar Grove Landmark Missionary Baptist Church. Because of his love for children, the family requests that in lieu of flowers, that donations be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, or the Baptist Children’s Village.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas Jefferson Thigpen and Cynthia Ellen Dean Thigpen; his sisters, Oscar Holden, Mary Katherine Necaise, Dorothy Jordan, and Susie Conley; his son-in-law, Larry Preston; and his grandson, Nathan Preston.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 69 years, Joyce Burgess Thigpen; his children, Christina (Roger) Whitney, Henry Ray (Jeanette) Thigpen, Ruth Preston, and Melinda Kay (Leland) Kendrick; 8 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; his sisters, Alma McArthur and Nora Hinton; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Obituary, register book, and driving directions can be found on the Internet page at www.mcdonaldfh.com.
A special “thank you” to the staff of Southern Hospice. Words cannot convey our appreciation to his “adopted daughters”, his nurse, Teri and his CNA, Jasmine.

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