Claud Eugene Thigpen


   Claud Eugene Thigpen, 83, of Taylor, passed away Monday, July 15, 2013.
   He was born on Dec. 15, 1929 in Cuero to Samuel Claud and Volga Wanjura Thigpen.
   He attended schools in Cuero and graduated from Cuero High School in May 1947. He was drafted into the U.S. Army in September 1951 and was sent to Fort Sill, Okla. for basic training. After basic training, he was stationed at Fort Sill until October 1952 when he was sent to Korea and served there until September 1953. He returned to Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio where he received an honorable discharge from the Army. Claud received the Good Conduct Medal, the Korean Service Medal with two Bronze Service Stars, United Nations Service Medal and the National Defense Service Medal.
   Claud married Theresa Jane Faul on Dec. 21, 1990 and together they formed a large blended family consisting of Craig Thigpen, Lisa Thigpen Patrick and husband Scott, Brad Thigpen and wife Sherri, Ronald Faul and wife Becky, and Nancy Faul. His three grandchildren, Hunter Faul and Gage Faul, sons of Ronald and Becky Faul, and Halle Thigpen, daughter of Brad and Sherri Thigpen, were his pride and joy.
   Celebration of life mass will be held at 11:30 a.m. Friday, July 19 at Providence Funeral Home in Taylor, Texas. Burial will follow at 2 p.m. at the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Killeen.
   Providence Funeral Home, 807 NW Carlos Parker Blvd, PO Box 1064, Taylor, TX 76584. 512-352-5909.


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