John C. Thigpin

July 23, 1932January 22, 2013

John C. Thigpin, 80, passed away on Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at a local hospital. Funeral services and a celebration of his life will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church with burial in the church cemetery. The Rev. Franklin Etheridge will officiate. The family will meet friends from 1 p.m. to service time on Thursday in the Fellowship Hall of the church.

Capt. Thigpin was preceded in death by his wife Billie Lee Tidwell Thigpin. He was a native of Adrien and the son of the late Gordon and Virdle Foskey Thigpin. Capt. Thigpin was retired from Macon Police Department after forty-two years of service. He was a charter member of the Macon Chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 3, serving on the Board of Trustees. In June of 2012, he was awarded Officer of the Year from the State of Georgia Fraternal Order of Police and honored as the oldest active charter member. He was also a member of Fort Hawkins Masonic Lodge, the P.O.A.G and a former member of the Macon Moose Lodge. Capt. Thigpin was a member of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church.

Survivors include his daughter and son-in-law, Cindy T. and Greg Bankston of Macon; his sons and daughters-in-law, Danny and Sherri Thigpin and Michael A. and Jennie Thigpin, all of Macon; his grandchildren, John G. and Rana Thigpin, Ashley Thigpin, Alex Thigpin, Courtney B. and Dakota Harp, Justin and Susan Bankston; four great grandchildren, John Gordon Thigpin, Wimberly Thigpin, Cooper Bankston and Tucker Bankston; his aunt Helen Poole of Perry.

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Macon Memorial Park Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.



  • Funeral Service and A Celebration of Life Thursday, January 24, 2013
  • Visitation Thursday, January 24, 2013


  • Burial

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January 29, 2013

Danny you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

Ernie and Doloris Cochran

Jarrett Warner

January 28, 2013

Cindy, Danny, Mike, I am so sorry for your loss. I have many fond memories of Uncle Carnage growing up. I remember me and him and Papa towing an old tractor across 3 counties trying to jump start it. That was a along day but we finally got it started. It is one of my favorite memories of him and Papa. God Bless you all.

January 27, 2013

The Thigpen Family: Sorry to hear of the loss of John. John worked security at SunTrust Bank. You all are in my prayers.
Elaine Miller

Joe Middlebrooks

January 26, 2013

Capt. Thigpin was one of the most respected men I had the honor of meeting after starting with the Macon Police Dept. He always encouraged people to give their best on the job. Prayers go out to Danny and the entire Thigpin family. RIP Capt.

Tracie Tillman-Yawn

January 25, 2013

To the Thigpin family ~
I'm so sorry for the loss of Mr. John. Looking at all the pictures it brought back memories for me. I loved them and I'm so glad you shared your family pictures with all of us. Cindy when I saw you in the ER with your dad on Monday Jan 7th my heart broke in a thousand pieces seeing the tears in your eyes. I wished I could have spoken to him. He was always so happy and his smile was priceless! I know your family will greatly miss him just as ya'll do Mrs. Billie! I love your family and I will be praying for ya'll in the days and months to come. Tracie Tillman Yawn

Dot Payne Lisa Payne Knight

January 25, 2013

Danny, Your family in are Prayers. My God be with you all.

Sheila & Bruce Stokes

January 25, 2013

Danny, Cindy, Mike and your families, We are so sorry to hear about your father's death. He has left you with lots of wonderful memories and we all know what a remarkable man he was. We are praying for each of you during this very difficult time in your lives. Love,

Mike & Caryl Deems

January 25, 2013

Please accept our deepest sympathy, and know that we are praying for you all during this most difficult time. Capt. John will be missed by all that new him and had the pleasure of working for him , and with him. May God bless you and keep you.

Thomas Archer

January 24, 2013

Michael, my family and I are sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this most difficult time.

Mary Edith Diaz Palmer

January 24, 2013

Danny, I am sorry to hear about Mr. John's passing. He was a wonderful man. I met him a little girl through my mom, Erin O'Neal (Lizella, Ga). He is joining her now in heaven where they can reminisce. I will keep you and your family in prayers. May God comfort you all and surround you with his love.