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Obituary - Mr. Marshall Roy Thigpen Jr.
Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home & Crematory
Mr. Marshall Roy Thigpen Jr.
Mr. Marshall Roy Thigpen died peacefully on December 15 after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. The 80-year-old Statesboro native was born December 13, 1939, and was one of two children of Marshall Roy Thigpen Sr. and Sara Veal Thigpen. He is a graduate of Statesboro High School and on the Blue Devils football team, helping lead them to their first ever state championship. Statesboro High is also where he began dating the love of his life and future wife, George Ann Prather.
    After graduating high school, Marshall went on to attend and graduate from Georgia Tech with a degree in industrial management. He was a member of Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity and remained a faithful “Ramblin’ Wreck” throughout his life.
    Marshall was an avid amateur radio enthusiast throughout his life, and had many friends and contacts throughout the world who knew him by his call names, w4is (formerly K4MEF).
    Marshall was a member of Boy Scout Troop 40. He became a proud Eagle Scout and member of The Order of the Arrow, one of scouting’s most prestigious honors. He was also a U.S. Army veteran.
    Upon completion of his undergraduate degree at Georgia Tech, Marshall married George Ann Prather. They lived in Atlanta, where he furthered his education, becoming a licensed certified public accountant.
    In 1967, Marshall and George Ann moved to Bulloch County to be near both of their families and raise their three children, Susan, Bud and Sally. Upon their return to their home in Statesboro, Marshall began what would become a 45-year tenure as a successful local certified public accountant. In 1983, he opened his own private practice.
    He was a lifelong member of Statesboro First United Methodist Church, a member of Statesboro Rotary Club and served as president of Forest Heights Country Club. He spent his retirement years proudly serving on the board of The Claxton Bank and enjoyed being a gentleman farmer.
    Those who knew Marshall will never forget his wit and dry humor.
    He is preceded in death by his parents, Marshall Roy Thigpen Sr. and Sara Veal Thigpen.
    He is survived by his wife of many years, George Ann Prather Thigpen; daughter, Susan Elizabeth Thigpen Manack (Max) of Statesboro, Ga.; a son and namesake, Marshall Roy Thigpen III, aka “Bud”, (Tara) of Statesboro, Ga.; and another daughter, Sally Ann Thigpen Chambers (Rob) of Gainesville, Ga.; a sister, Patricia Thigpen Price (Dick) of Atlanta. He is also survived by his six grandchildren, John Manack (Miranda), Madeline Manack Ward (Dylan), Will Thigpen, Clayton Thigpen, Catherine Chambers and Wakefield Chambers. He has one beautiful great-granddaughter, Aubrey Thigpen; and several nieces and nephews.
    The family invites you to join them in a celebration of life to be held at Statesboro First United Methodist Church at 2 p.m. on Thursday, December 19, with the Reverend Stephanie Smith officiating.
    A reception and visitation will follow the service.
    Memorial contributions may be made to Statesboro First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 2048, Statesboro, Georgia 30459.
    Friends may sign the online register book at www.joineranderson.com.
    Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home & Crematory of Statesboro is in charge of arrangements.

Statesboro Herald, December 19, 2019
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