Col Charlie Don Thigpen

5 janvier 195922 octobre 2020
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Charlie Don Thigpen, 61, died unexpectedly on October 22, 2020 at his home in Edmond, Oklahoma.

He was born January 05, 1959 in Kingstree, South Carolina, the son of Charles Smith Thigpen and Addie Belle Thigpen.

Charlie is survived by his wife of 19 years, Lisa Thigpen; sister, Pamela Jean (Smitty) Wrenn; brother, Joe (Tracy) Thigpen; children: Josh (Leila) Smith, Matt Smith, Jeramy (Becky) Thigpen, Nick (Nicole) Thigpen, Jessica (Rob) Conder, Andrew (Sarah) Thigpen, and Rachel (Armin) Guldalian; and 19 grandchildren who--on this side of Heaven--will miss their PawPaw so much: Gavin, Garrison, Gabriel, Gibson Thigpen, Max, Stella, Jackson, Presley Conder, Brinlee, Layton Thigpen, Corbin, Jo Evelyn Thigpen, Maxwell, David Smith, Indi, Eire Guldalian, Ashley, Kane, Kaos Smith.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, French & Hattie Dennis and Huey & Bertha Thigpen; parents, Charles & Addie Belle Thigpen; and granddaughter, Ailey Grace who was so excited to meet her PawPaw and is holding his hand now to show him the way around Heaven.

Charlie had a long and distinguished career with the United States Postal Service for 32 years. He loved his postal family and proudly wore the title of United States Postal Inspector for the majority of his career.

On the civilian side of the house, Colonel Thigpen graduated with his undergraduate degree from the University of Central Oklahoma in 1988. Following his bachelor’s degree, Colonel Thigpen graduated with a master’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Central Oklahoma in 1996.

On the military side of the house, Colonel Thigpen graduated with his Air Command & Staff College in 2007. Continuing his professional military education, Colonel Thigpen completed Air War College in 2010. Colonel Thigpen served in Operation Desert Storm in 1990. Colonel Thigpen served a total of 36 years in the United States Air Force.

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Leigh Ann Erdman

11 novembre , 2020

I served with Charlie in the Oklahoma Air National Guard (137th AES) as a Medical Service Corps Officer from 1995-2003 and we kept up with each other throughout our careers. Charlie was passionate about everything he did whether it was planning an exercise, supporting his sons' sports, playing softball, or telling stories about some of his most bizarre postal arrests. He did some of his best work supporting his friends. Everything he did was in a spirit of exceptionalism and if he believed in it, he would vocally support it. He was the consummate competitor in softball. I played one pickup game with him and my hand hurt for days after catching one of his throws. He was a great representative of patriotism and faith and he has left us too soon. My sincerest prayers and heartfelt condolences to Lisa, his children, his grandchildren and all the friends who loved him and are stunned by this news.

Lt Kareem Brooks

9 novembre , 2020

Col Thigpen was an amazing leader and person. When I submitted my MSC commissioning package he called me personally to discuss why I wanted to be a MSC. At the end of the conversation, he asked me what date I wanted to be commissioned by, flustered I said within a week to which he replied well it's not going to be that quick but we'll make it happen before Christmas and he kept his word. I attended my health administrators course with Andrew and got to meet and thank him in person when he came down for the graduation. I know many others who share similar stories of how good of a person Col Thigpen was. My condolences go out to Andrew and the rest of the Thigpen family.

Tony Cruz

7 novembre , 2020

Condolences from the Nebraska Senior Softball team Bucks Run Farms. Charlie was always a fun friendly competitor. He was always open for good conversations even during the competitive moments with the die hard players.

Our prayers and thought are with his family now but know he is playing 3rd base for the Angels in the Field of Dreams.

Bucks Run Farms, Nebraska SSUSA team.

Ann Higa

6 novembre , 2020

We are so sad to hear about Charlie, our USPIS academy classmate. At the academy one week in Charlie and I (Anna) failed the first exam together and we shared a rough start; yet we made it through and Charlie had a great career as with all of our graduating classmates of 91-05. He was full of life and proud.

May the beautiful memories help during this difficult time.

With sympathy,

Anna and Ron Higa

Pamela Cichon

30 octobre , 2020

Charlie was my AIC at USPS Headquarters. He and I were the early birds in 2011 when we started there. Off to the gym each morning and lots of great stories about his boys, the grandkids, and always his loving fondness for Lisa aka Lucy. I am still in shock and when I see his pictures on FB it is utterly surreal that he is gone. The Lord took a good husband, Dad, Grandpa, and friend from us here on earth. It is not for us to judge why he was called home so early in this lifetime. May the Lord send his family angels to comfort them. Charlie was a great man, a funny man, and someone I was very glad to come to know and call a friend. God bless him and all of you!

Greg Lee

30 octobre , 2020

Uncle Don will be remembered as a kind, family oriented, loving, person to anyone he met. Thank you for the memories and inspiration you brought me and our family. It’s an honor to be your nephew and I’ll miss you more than you will ever know. May the almighty lord, Grandma, and granddad welcome you to the kingdom. Love you aunt Lisa, Jeremy, Andrew, Nick and all in OKLAHOMA . We will see each other soon. God bless you all.

Glen Lanham

30 octobre , 2020

I always had a lot of great memories of Charlie. I was grateful for the times we shared while I was coaching his sons at Midwest City. He was so supportive of them and loved being involved in their lives.

Vincent & Sharon Guydon

30 octobre , 2020

Vincent and I extend our prayers and heartfelt sympathy to Lisa and the Thigpen family. We remember Charlie as a kind and generous person. Vincent met Charlie shortly after arriving at OKC-TAFB almost 40 years ago. He offered Vincent a ride and left an impression that has lasted to this day. Lisa, our prayers are with you and the family he was so proud of and loved! God bless!

Stephanie Powell

29 octobre , 2020

My prayers are with the Thigpen family. Col Thigpen was my former Deputy Air Surgeon of ANGRC. I was deeply saddened to hear of him going home to be with the Lord. Last time I saw him was at a fellow Airmen's farewell gathering and he surprised us by his presence. We hugged and I told him how well retirement looked on him and as always we talked about faith, health and family and how he (Paw-Paw) , loved doting on his grandchildren. I will remember that and I thank him for his service. Praying God will give you comfort, grace and love.

God Bless,

Brian Smith

29 octobre , 2020

I am heartbroken. I had the privilege of working with Col Thigpen for several years at the ANGRC. Never have I met a more compassionate LEADER and champion of his team. Always a kind word or joke and always the willingness to face adversity to ensure integrity ruled. Stuck in an airport together for many hours we shared many stories about family and faith. In those hours, I was blessed to learn who Charlie was not just Col. Thigpen. Inevitably, as was always the case it seemed with Col. Thigpen, life lessons were taught and laughs shared. I will cherish those memories and many more forever. God Bless you Sir, I will miss you. Thigpen Family, the Smiths stand ready to help if needed and our prayers will flow and may God Bless you during this time.
Brian and Victoria Smith