Reunell (Kirkland) Thigpen

Born: Sat., Oct. 25, 1941
Died: Sun., May 18, 2014


6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Tue., May 20, 2014
Location: Durden-Hudson Funeral Directors

Graveside Service

11:00 AM Wed., May 21, 2014
Location: Kirkland Family Cemetery

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Durden-Hudson Funeral Directors announces the death of Mrs. Ruenell K. Thigpen, age 72, of St. Marys, on Sunday, May 18, 2014, at Southeast Georgia Health System, Camden Campus.

Graveside services will be Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at the Kirkland family cemetery in Emanuel County at 11 am, with Rev. Jamie Archer officiating. 

The family received friends on Tuesday evening, May 20, 2014, at Durden-Hudson Funeral Home in Swainsboro, GA., from 6 pm until 8 pm.

Mrs. Thigpen had resided in Camden County since 1986, and was a loving wife, mother, and sister, born October 25, 1941, in Swainsboro, GA, she was the daughter of the late John L. and Idell Bell Kirkland.  She was also preceded in death by a brother, Dan Kirkland.

Survivors include:

 Her Husband: Dave Thigpen of St. Marys

One Daughter: Michelle Thigpen Dowling (Kenneth) of Sumner

One Son: Steven Lewis Thigpen of Conway, SC

One Sister: Gwen Farmer of Swainsboro

Four Brothers: Wilder Kirkland, Don Kirkland, J.L. Kirkland, and Ed Kirkland all of Swainsboro

Sister-in-law: Sonya Kirkland of Swainsboro and numerous nieces and nephews.

Condolences may be submitted online at

Durden-Hudson Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements for the funeral of  Mrs. Ruenell K. Thigpen of St. Mary's, GA.


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Brian, Joni, Jacob & Abigail Flanders
   Posted Mon May 19, 2014
So very sorry for your loss. Please know that you all are in our thoughts and prayers.

Christie Suggs
   Posted Mon May 19, 2014
My heart goes out to Mr. Thigpen, Michelle, Steven, and the entire family. I had the pleasure of meeting Ms. Reunell on several occasions. I feel that somehow I knew her more personally along with all the Kirklands and Thigpens because of the stories, anecdotes, and familial pride shared by Michelle. My condolences and prayers for comfort and understanding during this difficult time.

Gail (Gilmore) Lombardi
   Posted Tue May 20, 2014
Oh my Runnie, I'm alot like David, I wasn't expecting this, my heart is so heavy. I only know you are with Aunt Idell, Uncle Lewis & Danny now and how you are feeling. You know what you've all been to me and for me. I,ve loved you all since Aunt Ruth and Aunt Mary brought us together. God will one day have us together again, forever.

Jacqueline Proveaux
   Posted Tue May 20, 2014
We are so sorry for your loss, just know our heart and prayers are with your family, also you have gain an angel in heaven that will be watching over you for the rest of your life

Nancy Byrd
   Posted Tue May 20, 2014
My deepest sympathy in the loss of your wife and mother. Ruenell and I were classmates. She was a wonderfully sweet person and I know the loss you are feeling. Please know that you are in our prayers and thoughts. In His love.

Ted Lewis
   Posted Wed May 21, 2014
So sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Ron Szelist
   Posted Wed May 21, 2014
Dave, I am so sorry for your loss. May God comfort and strengthen you. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
Ron and Jane Szelist

Sharon Devera
   Posted Thu May 22, 2014
Mr. David, Steve, and Michelle,

Prayers for your family during this difficult time. I've loved Mrs. Ruenell since Ms. Bruce first introduced me to her so long ago. She helped me through the years with class projects (she was wonderfully crafty) and did so much for my wedding. She was a sweet lady and loved by many. I'm blessed to have known her.

Your family is in my thoughts and prayers,
Sharon Devera and family