William “Gary” Thigpen, 67, of Charleston, South Carolina and of Cobbtown, passed away Saturday, July 4, 2020 at Roper Hospice Cottage in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina surrounded by his family.

 Born in Wheeler County, Georgia, he was a son of William Walter Thigpen and Laura Lawrence Thigpen. He was a veteran of the United States Army, having served in the Vietnam War. Gary was a graduate of Georgia Southern College, now Georgia Southern University, where he received his degree in political science. He worked as an engineer for several companies throughout the years and owned and operated TAM Industries in Glenville. In years past, he was a member of the United Way, the Tattnall county Lyons Club and the Rotary Club and the Tattnall County Chamber of Commerce. He was currently employed by Stokes Honda of North Charleston, SC. Gary loved ice cream, was an avid Georgia fan, but most of all he loved his grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Calli Brooke Medlock.

 Surviving are his daughter and son-in-law, Shonda and Ricky Sikes of Cobbtown; a son and daughter-in-law, Will and Miranda Thigpen of Pulaski; mother of his children and longtime friend, Pat Thigpen; two sisters, Joyce Roberts and Joan Arrington; three brothers, Rosby Thigpen, Ronald Thigpen , and Donnie Thigpen; his grandchildren, Hannah Medlock, Kie Sikes, Zoey Sikes, Marley Thigpen, Eastan Thigpen, and Lynley Thigpen; one great-grandchild, Brooklyn Parrish; and several nieces and nephews.

 Visitation will be held from 1:30 until 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 7, 2020 at Kennedy Funeral Homes, Cobbtown Chapel, of Cobbtown.

 The funeral will be held 3 p.m., on Tuesday, July 7, 2020 at Kennedy Funeral Homes, Cobbtown Chapel, of Cobbtown.

 Pallbearers will be Eastan Thigpen, Ian Ping, Trey Kirkland, Ricky Esquivel, Zack Parrish, Levi McMurtry, and Jermery Washington.

 Interment will be in Sunlight Cemetery.

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 Kennedy Funeral Homes, Cobbtown Chapel, of Cobbtown is in charge of the arrangements.