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Woodstock Funeral Home

8855 Main Street, Woodstock, GA

OBITUARY

James Ashley Thigpen III

December 13, 1946July 2, 2019
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James Ashley Thigpen III, age 72, passed away unexpectedly while vacationing in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, on Tuesday, July 2, 2019.

He was born on December 13, 1946 in Florence, South Carolina to James A. Thigpen Jr. and Carolyn Vaughn. Ashley served and was decorated in the United States Navy. On March 20, 1976 he married Shelia Smith. Together, they had 1 son and 2 daughters. Ashley and Shelia enjoyed traveling together as well as spending time with family and friends. Ashley was retired from General Electric. Ashley lived and breathed Clemson athletics and bled orange and purple. Some of his favorite times out were playing golf, boating, beaching, and being Pappy to his grandchildren.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 43 years, Shelia; son, Jimmy (Coty), daughters; Dara (Casey), and Brittany; 6 grandchildren, Reece, Rylie, Harper, Camdyn, Maddox, and Finley.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, July 12th at 2:30pm at The Woodstock Funeral Home Chapel, 8855 Main St. Woodstock, GA 30188. The family will greet friends in the Magnolia Room at Woodstock Funeral Home following the service.

Services

  • Memorial Service Friday, July 12, 2019

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Gail Taylor

July 11, 2019

I knew Ashley when we both worked for GE Capital in the roaring' 90's. What an office it was! I especially remember the camaraderie everyone shared - loyalty, warmth, friendship, laughter. It was a unique time and Ashley contributed more than his fair share. I am glad to have been a part of it. But for now I am saddened to learn of his passing. My condolences go out to his family of whom he was so proud and to his many friends who feel his loss personally. May those good memories sustain us during this sad time.

Carole Dorsett

July 10, 2019

Ashley,(Aa Aa) I loved you so, so much as we ALL did! Our boys adored you along with Harriet's children. I still have that little "black" book, but it was paid back in full by your love and constant in touch with all of us. You kept calling me in April when I had major surgery--I asked you why, You said, because "I love my sister!" For the record, darling, -I love you right back. I know "where" you are and promise to stay in touch with Sheila and all. Until we meet again, Brudda, my arms are in a hug around your neck! I love you, Ca

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