Born Oct. 25, 1941, in Swainsboro, she was the daughter of the late John L. and Idell Bell Kirkland. She was also preceded in death by a brother, Dan Kirkland.
Mrs. Thigpen had resided in Camden County since 1986, and was a loving wife, mother and sister.
Survivors include her husband, Dave Thigpen of St. Marys; daughter, Michelle Thigpen Dowling (Kent) of Sumner; son, Steven Lewis Thigpen (Paula) of Conway, S.C.; sister, Gwen Farmer of Swainsboro; brothers, Wilder Kirkland, Don Kirkland, J.L. Kirkland and Ed Kirkland, all of Swainsboro; sister-in-law, Sonya Kirkland of Swainsboro; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 21, at the Kirkland family cemetery in Emanuel County, with Rev. Jamie Archer officiating. The family received friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 20, at Durden-Hudson Funeral Home in Swainsboro.
Allison Memorial Chapel of St. Marys is in charge of arrangements.