Brentwood-Roesch-Patton Funeral Home

9010 Church Street East, Brentwood, TN


Andrew Pierce Thigpen

October 23, 1947March 11, 2020

Drew Thigpen, a man of several career paths, counted his best years as a Minister of Music at Wedgewood Baptist Church, Fort Worth, Texas; First Baptist Church, Seminole, Oklahoma; Brentwood Baptist Church, Brentwood, Tennessee; followed by several years as Pastoral Care Minister at The People’s Church, Franklin, Tennessee. After a year and a half of misdiagnosis, medications, multiple brain seizures, and treatments, a neurologist finally diagnosed Drew with Lewy Body Dementia six weeks ago at St. Thomas Midtown in Nashville, Tennessee. Upon diagnosis and removal of all medications, the very aggressive disease took its course. On March 11, 2020, Drew breathed his last and entered heaven restored to the gregarious, funny, people-loving man in the room--healing that eluded him in his earthly tent.

Drew is survived by his wife Mary and their three daughters, sons-in-law, and four grandchildren: Callie and Dan Waltz of Nashville, Canaan and Daniel Sanders of Oklahoma City, and Camryn and John Austin of McMinnville, Tennessee. The grandchildren are Brooklyn Wheatley and Harlan Waltz and Luke and Nathan Sanders. Drew is also survived by Mary’s sister, brother-in-law, and niece, Jenira, Ralph, and Heather Murrell of Beaumont, Texas, as well as, sister-in-law Sunnye Jones, nephews and wives, Rickey and Freda; Dennis and Kim; Terry and Patti; and Jerry and Laura Jones; Drew’s Aunt Wilma McDaniel of Zachary, Louisiana; and cousins Peggy Hollingshead, Steve and Howard McDaniel and Father Raymond McDaniel of Dallas, Texas.

With the recent outbreak of Coronavirus, we will postpone Drew’s Celebration Service until the CDC’s regulations allow. As a family, we want to be respectful as all of us join to lessen the spread of the disease. When the appropriate time comes, we will update the information at this site and use the benefit of Face Book and social media, as well. Our family looks forward to the time that we can celebrate and remember together.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial gifts be made to the Lewy Body Dementia Association. This particular dementia needs more research to promote more accuracy in diagnosis and care. Donations can be mailed to Lewy Body Dementia Association, 912 Killian Hill Road, S.W., Lilburn, Georgia, or donations can be made online at www.lbda.org. in Drew’s memory.


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Ken Wall

March 26, 2020

Mary and girls,
Drew and I have been life long friends.
Even though we didn’t meet until we were roommates at Louisiana College b ack in the late 70’s. After that short couple of years ,we went our separate
ways, but we kept in some what contact over the years.
Then ,when we crossed paths again , it was like we had never left LC.
We then found out we were distance cousins through Drew’s Mom’s side of the family,and my Dad’s side.
In college we would visit each other’s family on weekends. That’s where I got to know Mr.and Mrs. Thigpen.Rudy would always make his Wed “battery”run through Pineville ,and take us out to eat. Always a fun time. Going home with Drew meant good food fixed by Mrs. Elaine and a round of golf with Rudy and Drew.
It has been about 53 years since we met at LC, and we remained good friends through the years even though we live so far apart. Again, I was so thankful for the short week we had on our golf trip in 2017.
We got to renew our friendship , and catch up on all the things that had taken place with our families over the past few years.
It was my privilege and honor to have Drew as a friend and cousin.
Love you,
Ken Wall

Jan MacKrell

March 25, 2020

Mary, I was so sorry to hear of Drew's passing. Drew gave me so many opportunities to serve with him in church music ministry after I moved to Brentwood in 1986, and I've always been grateful for his friendship. God bless you and your family.

Cindy Remley

March 23, 2020

I worked with Drew many years ago at Product Action . He could cheer me up and make my whole day just hearing his southern 'Hi Cindy!' He was a wonderful co worker I got to call friend. He will be an amazing angel and my prayers to his family for happy memories and knowing Drew is in the arma of Jesus singing loudly .

John Gardner

March 21, 2020

Mary we cherish the friendship we have enjoyed with you and Drew through the years since you all moved to TN and into that house on Henpeck Lane in Franklin and during our BBC days

Emily Fisher Noteboom

March 21, 2020

Mr. Thigpen was our Minister of music at Brentwood Baptist when I was growing up. I was good friends with his daughter Canaan. I have wonderful memories of him leading us in worship and ministering through music. My heart goes out to the family during this terrible time. I will be praying for you to have the strength to get through this and have the peace that the Lord gives us when we suffer through losing our loved ones.

Oleita Evette

March 21, 2020

Many memories of your family. When my world feel away Drew was there to help with the kids and any other need. My prayers are with this wonderful family as you walk thru this pathway in life. I know that being believers will help guide your way.

Leah Hitson

March 21, 2020

I remember Mr. Drew as a second Dad. Canaan and I grew up together and I can remember many nights spent with the Thigpen’s with Mr. Drew telling stories and making us laugh. When my daddy passed 3 years ago he and Mrs. Mary came to the visitation. It was so good to see him there and his words reminding me that they were there for me. He will be greatly missed.

Susan Gulley

March 21, 2020

music, belly laughter, bear hugs, intense looks of concentration, hours of rehearsals, expectation of excellence, listening ear, really bright banana yellow pants, youth choir trips, adult choir robes, journeys of different directions, grace and repentance, love of family whether biological or friends, support and prayer and a phrase on a canvas "you can soar with the eagles when you're surrounded by turkeys", but most of all a never ending love of the Savior. Thank you sweet friend for mentoring me my whole life. I'm so sad your journey was shortened here on earth but so thrilled for you to celebrate in praise at the throne of our Lord! Thank you for being a part of my story.