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Dorothy Thigpen

May 12, 1946 — January 17, 2017

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Dorothy Chalker Thigpen

Wrens, GA  –              Dorothy May Chalker Thigpen 70, loving wife of 52 years to Thomas Thigpen, entered into her eternal rest early Tuesday morning, January 17, 2017 at Pruitt Health Old Capitol in Louisville.  Funeral services will be held at Bethel United Methodist Church at 2:30 PM Thursday afternoon, January 19, 2017, with Jason Burton officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.

One of six children born to the late Bettie Lamb Chalker and the late Lamar Chalker, Dorothy was raised and went to school in Glascock County and has lived in Jefferson after marrying the love of her life in 1965. She retired with 37 years of service from Stapleton Garment when it closed in 1996.   She loved her Lord and Savior and attended Bethel United Methodist Church until her health declined in 2009.  Dorothy loved being outside—fishing and traveling to the mountains.  She was a good cook and made a great home for her family.  A good-hearted person, Dorothy was a dedicated friend and would help others in need. She had a joy for life that was infectious. Her death leaves a void that no one can fill, but her love leaves memories that no one can steal.

Dorothy was also preceded in death by her sister, Mary Lou Chalker. Other survivors include four siblings, Virginia Chalker, Betty Shelton, Jimmie Walden and Walter Chalker; and many nieces, nephews and friends. Serving as pallbearers will be Stevie Lampp, Tony Lampp, Jeff McGahee, Cecil Shelton Jr., Timothy Smith and David Usry.

The family will receive friends at James Funeral Home from 7:00 – 9:00 PM Wednesday evening, January 18, 2017.

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I’m Free

Don’t grieve for me, for now I’m free.
I’m following the path God laid for me.
I took His hand when I heard Him call;
I turned my back and left it all.
I could not stay another day,
To laugh, to love, to work or play.
Tasks left undone must stay that way;
I found that place at the close of the day.
If my parting has left a void,
Then fill it with remembered joy.
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss—
Ah, yes, these things I too will miss.
Be not burdened with times of sorrow
I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow.
My life’s been full, I savored much—
Good friends, good times, a loved ones touch.
Perhaps my time seems all too brief;
Don’t lengthen it now with undue grief.
Lift up your heart and share with me,
God wanted me now—He set me free!


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