James Thigpen, Jr, age 89, departed this earthly life on August 4, 2022 at his home. He was born November 25, 1932 to the late James Thigpen, Sr. and Leola Thigpen. James was preceded in death by his wife, Willa V. Thigpen.\nHe graduated from WA Pattillo School in Edgecombe County in 1951 and went on to serve in the US Air Force until retirement.\n\nDuring his journey on this earth, James was a lover of the game of golf. He played golf up until the COVID Pandemic interrupted his leisure.\n\nJames leaves to cherish his memories to 1 stepdaughter. Patricia Blakey of Benton Harbor, 1 brother-in-law, Thomas (Mary) Carter of Dallas Texas, several step-grandchildren, and a host of cousins and other relatives and friends.