Jerry Wayne Thigpen, 59, of Glen Rose and formerly of Victoria died Sept. 4, 2009 in Fort Worth.

Funeral services are set for 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9, at Heritage Funeral Home of Memory Gardens. Rev. John Waak will officiate. Burial will follow in Memory Gardens Cemetery.

Jerry was born Sept. 10, 1949 in Cuero to Ned and Lynette (Loest) Thigpen. He proudly served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam era. While living in Victoria, he owned Coastal Construction and Triple T Creations and later moved to Glen Rose where he was employed by NATCO. When asked to describe him, his children responded by saying, “He was a hardworking, strong and powerful man, and although not intimidating, he was a man whose presence you felt; he was also a man who deeply loved his family and was loved by everyone.” He loved sports, especially baseball, and trains.

He was preceded in death by his father.

Survivors include his wife, Diana Cole Thigpen of Glen Rose; mother, Lynette Loest Thigpen; sons, Jerry “Jay” Thigpen and wife, Julie, of Victoria, Chad Thigpen and wife, Brandi, of Glen Rose, and Jason Thigpen and wife, Laura, of Victoria; sisters, Yvonne Trompler and husband, Larry, of Victoria, Shirley Harkey and husband, Corbett “Dee” of Port Lavaca, Karen Belk and husband, Gerald, of Victoria, Wanda Gaskamp and husband, David, of Long Mott, and Linda Smith and husband, John Fisher, of Long Mott; brother, Clay Thigpen and wife, Sandy, of Victoria; 12 grandchildren and one great-grandchild as well as numerous other relatives and friends.

Serving as pallbearers are Morris “Joe” Hardwick, Larry Trompler, Corbett “Dee” Harkey, Gerald Belk, David Gaskamp, John Fisher Smith and Alfred Hernandez. Honorary pallbearers are Case Thigpen, Monte Thigpen, Blake Thigpen, Micah Thigpen, Makenna Thigpen and Emily Thigpen.

Published September 9

Glen Rose Reporter