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Johnn Lewis Thigpen

Johnn Lewis Thigpen
  • November 2, 1946 - January 27, 2021
  • North Charleston, South Carolina
  • In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to:
  • Parkinson's Disease Foundation
    1359 Broadway, suite 1509
    New York, NY 10018

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“Thanks aunt sue for the picture of uncle Johnny, I will miss him but remember the man and uncle I knew and loved.Sorry for your and the world loss...Read More »
1 of 26 | Posted by: Joey Thigpen - Conway, SC

“JOHNNY I AM JUST HEARING ABOUT YOUR HOMEGOING AND AM DEEPLY SADDENED BUT KNOW YOU ARE RESTING IN THE ARMS OF OUR SAVIOIUR JESUS CHRIST. YOU WERE...Read More »
2 of 26 | Posted by: Robin Krofta - NORTH CHARLESTON, SC

“Mr. Thigpen was a true gem! I had the pleasure of doing his building permits for the City of Charleston for many, many years. I would often invite me...Read More »
3 of 26 | Posted by: Franchetta L. Murray

“My heart goes out to Sue, Renee´, Rebekah, and family for your loss. Johnny was a very sweet man. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. ”
4 of 26 | Posted by: Sheila Dawson

“Our deepest sympathy for the loss of your father and dear friend of ours. May God give y'all the strength and peace during this difficult time in...Read More »
5 of 26 | Posted by: Teresa and Gary Denaux

“Words can not express the sadness we feel upon hearing of Johnny's passing. While we realize that he is no longer in pain, he will be greatly missed....Read More »
6 of 26 | Posted by: Elaine and Richard Jackson - SC

“Johnny had cleats and wings in high school where we shared 3 years of sports when an added helmet made him awsome.In the above 1964 photo, he is at...Read More »
7 of 26 | Posted by: T.David Scott

“Johnny and I went to Ft Jackson together and then went into the Army Reserve´s together. Great times in the 6o´s. Rest in peace my friend. ”
8 of 26 | Posted by: Charlie Mitchell

“So sorry for your loss , Johnny was a genuine and generous man. We know he is no longer suffering and is in the arms of Jesus now. I can still see...Read More »
9 of 26 | Posted by: Randall lewis

“May God bring you peace and comfort. What a full life you had, Johnny. Sending love and prayers your way, Sue, Renee and Rebekah. He will be missed... ”
10 of 26 | Posted by: Allison Jackson

“I am Saddened to hear of Johnny's passing, I recall watching Johnny shoot Pool at Tuckers ,I was amazed as how great he was,,, You will be missed ”
11 of 26 | Posted by: Richard Mathis

“Our good times together over the years was fun. God Bless you and your family. ”
12 of 26 | Posted by: BUCK sprague - charleston, SC

“So very sorry. Johnny always had a smile and warm greeting. Know he is missed by family and friends. Sue, Renee and Rebekah you are in our...Read More »
13 of 26 | Posted by: Tommy and Brenda Strock

“A very sad day. You were a inspiration to many. Prayers for the Thigpen family I was very fortunate to know them all for many years. Your going to be...Read More »
14 of 26 | Posted by: Kenny Wilkinson

“I competed with Johnny in High School football and track. Later we played golf and pool. Great athlete, competitor and friend. Best to Sue and the...Read More »
15 of 26 | Posted by: Buddy Beard

“Moving home to Charleston in 2010 after 33 years in NY, it was a pleasure to meet my brother, Gene at Johnny's to share a chili cheeseburger and hot...Read More »
16 of 26 | Posted by: Jim McMahan

“Sue, sorry to hear about Johnny. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers, BobbieJean ”
17 of 26 | Posted by: BobbieJean Blackwell - Hanahan, SC

“So sorry for your loss such great times we had at Johnnys ”
18 of 26 | Posted by: Susan Strauss Morris

“Sending condolences to Sue, Renee and Rebekah. Will always remember our times at JL´s and Johnny´s. Sorry for your loss. ”
19 of 26 | Posted by: Charlie and Gloria Hill

“May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. ”
20 of 26 | Posted by: Annette Giannotti (Edwards) - SC

“God Bless you and your family. ”
21 of 26 | Posted by: Annette Edwards Giannotti

“Susanne & Family our most thoughtful prayers & sympathies go out to you & yours in this time of great distress. You & Johnny were an inseparable...Read More »
22 of 26 | Posted by: Sammie & Marcie Douan

“God Bless✝ My prayer will be for strength, peace and comfort tonight and always.I know you will miss him dearly,Sue. Praying for your children...Read More »
23 of 26 | Posted by: Diane Hogue - Charleston, SC

“Uncle johnny,you were the best!If I needed anything you were there!!!God bless hope those you again someday!!!!!RIP! ”
24 of 26 | Posted by: Joey

“Johnny had such love for the Old Village of North Charleston. The only things he loved more was Sue and the girls. His efforts to help the Village...Read More »
25 of 26 | Posted by: Keith Summey and Debbie

“I will miss my dear friend Johnny. We had a lot of great times !!!All the best to all the family. ”
26 of 26 | Posted by: Lloyd Lent.


Johnny Lewis Thigpen, 74, of North Charleston died Wednesday, January 27, 2021. Johnny was born November 2, 1946 in Kingstree, SC and moved with his family to Park Circle in the 1960's. He attended Garrett and RB Stall High Schools where he made outstanding contributions to both the football and track teams. He went on to attend Baptist College and College of Charleston.

He owned and operated Johnny's Restaurant on East Montague Avenue for 31 years where he served his famously delicious hamburgers and hotdogs.

He was also an accomplished General Contractor who completed the first commercial building renovation in the Park Circle Business District at 1044 East Montague Avenue for his daughter Renee. He strongly believed in the revitalization of Montague Avenue and he went on to renovate several other commercial buildings on the street and nearby residential homes to spearhead investment in the area that continues to this day. His commitment and investment in the Park Circle community is his true legacy.

He enjoyed playing golf, pool, and making people smile. He was a loving son, brother, husband, father and grandfather as well as a terrific friend to all who knew him.

He is survived by his brothers: Bobby G. Thigpen and Raymond M. Thigpen; his wife, Suzanne; daughters: Renee and Rebekah; grandson, Randall Peagler; and three great-grandchildren: Jaden, Cadence, and Carson.

A private cryptside service will be held in Carolina Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Parkinson's Foundation, 1359 Broadway, Suite 1509, New York, NY 10018.

Arrangements by J. Henry Stuhr, Inc. Downtown Chapel.