Originally created 07/27/06

M. Louise Chambers Thigpen (AUGUSTA, Ga.)



AUGUSTA, Ga. - Louise C. Thigpen rested and entered into peace on July 25, 2006 after an outstanding life. The family will greet friends from 6-8 p.m., July 27, at Barrett Funeral Home, 118 N. Brook St., Cleveland, Ga. with services at 11:00 a.m., July 28, also at Barrett's Funeral Chapel, with interment following at Yonah View Memorial Garden Cemetery. Surviving are her sons, Dr. Mark Thigpen (Dixie) of Augusta and Wayne Thigpen of Cleveland; six grandchildren, Kristen, Macie, Corbett, Josh, Greyson and Evan Thigpen; sisters and brothers, Dorothy Struble, Velma (Bill) McLendon, Dr. Jere (Melba) Chambers, Lanier (Barbara) Chambers and a cherished sister-in-law, Betty (Ancil) Kastner. She very much loved and missed her brother, Billy Wayne Chambers, who pre-deceased her. She also loved deeply and was beloved by all of her nephews and nieces and their spouses. Born in Iva, S.C., Louise Thigpen was the daughterof Marvin and Lora Chambers, hard-working mountain people of Scottish heritage who farmed the land and were proud of it. She was raised in Nacoochee Valley and at the foot of Yonah Mountain, White County, Georgia. Having served as White County High School valedictorian, she attended North Georgia College, receiving her Elementary Teacher's Certificate based on completion of two years of education there. Upon marrying Dr. Corbett Thigpen and moving to Augusta in the late 1930's, she served as wife, mother and homemaker for nearly 30 years. Mrs. Thigpen became a pillar of the Augusta community, serving as President of the Pine Needle Garden Club, personally planting many of the shrubs one still sees around our schools and parks. She studied horticulture and became expert in ornamental and vegetable gardening. She also became expert in framing pressed flowers, earning several blue ribbons at the Exchange Club Fair and giving presentations on the subject to interested groups. She continued teaching about her beloved flowers until recently. She was active in the Medical Society. Further, she played the piano and loved singing with the Sweet Adelines. She served actively with Covenant Presbyterian Church. On removing home to Yonah in the 1970's, Louise Thigpen served on the Helen, Ga., Chamber of Commerce, helping decide zoning and other public issues. She was the first woman elected to the Helen City Council, serving with distinction. She was a commercial real estate investor and developer with her brothers and others, earning her real estate agent's license and practicing that profession as well. Louise Thigpen was an active and devoted member of Nacooche Presbyterian Church and a co-founder of the Sautee Nacoochee Community Association, a museum and community gathering place in Nacooche Valley. She voted regularly. Louise Thigpen was a great person because of her commitments: to her faith, to her family, to her friends, to neighbors and to people generally. She was a great Mom. She constantly encouraged and actively tried to help people be their best. She smiled all of the time, genuinely. She gave to others unceasingly. Some of her heroes were her parents, her sons Wayne and especially Mark, President Reagan and the late brave Rosa Parks. It has been said that she was the most generous person ever encountered. No one can recollect anyone who disliked her. All respected her. Pallbearers are Corbett Thigpen, Bill McLendon, Jr., David Chambers, Bruce Chambers, Paul Brown and Greg Crumbley. Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, White County Branch, or the Sautee Nacoochee Community Association (706) 878-3300. The family thanks all friends for their expressions. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

The Augusta Chronicle-July 27, 2006