Thomas Bigley Jr.


Thomas Creviston Bigley, Jr., 77, Columbus, passed away Thursday, August 18, 2016. Mr. Bigley was born on Aug. 4, 1939, in Indianapolis to Thomas C. Bigley Sr. and Rebecca Sharpnack Bigley.

Thomas attended Stanford University and received his law degree from Indiana University. He retired in 2010 as senior partner of the family law firm, Sharpnack-Bigley-Stroh and Washburn, which he joined in 1966. He was also a member of First United Methodist Church and sang in the choir. Mr. Bigley was also active in several professional and community organizations. He was a member of Kiwanis International, Harrison Lake Country Club, Indiana State Bar Association, Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity, helped establish The Heritage Fund community foundation, was a S.C.O.R.E. volunteer mentor and also a board member at IUPUC. He was an avid hiker and loved to travel, ride his bicycle, swim and work out. He enjoyed the Indianapolis Symphony, Columbus Indiana Philharmonic, IU basketball and football and Indiana Pacers basketball.

Mr. Bigley was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving as a captain in the JAG Corps.

Preceding him in death were his wife, Carol Lynn Bigley; and his parents, Thomas C. Bigley Sr. and Rebecca Sharpnack Bigley.

He is survived by his loving family; son, David R. (Jennifer) Bigley of Carmel; daughter, Susan E. Bigley of Columbus; brother, Stephen S. (Margaret) Bigley of Ravenna, Ohio; grandchildren, Mia, Cooper, Kirby and Norah Bigley, all of Carmel; nephews, Brian Bigley of California, Daniel Bigley of Alaska, Josh Bigley of Ohio and Scott Holmes of Louisiana; two nieces, Nancy Weiss of Colorado and Amy Joiner of Florida; and brother-in-law, Douglas A. Holmes of Louisiana. Also surviving are his aunt, Ima Jean Morgeson; and eleven first cousins, John T. Sharpnack, Nora Lou Sharpnack, Robert Lindsay, David Lindsay, Julian Holland, Pamella Battin, John Holland, Forrest Morgeson, Eric Morgeson, Kevin Morgeson and Michael Morgeson.

A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 29, 2016 at First United Methodist Church, Columbus with the Rev. Howard Bowles officiating. The family will receive friends from 9 a.m. until service time at the church. Private inurnment will be at Garland Brook Cemetery with military honors accorded by the U.S. Army and the Bartholomew County Veterans Honor Guard.

Memorials in Thomas’s name are suggested to the Heritage Fund Community Foundation, 538 Franklin St., Columbus, Indiana 47201.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at Hathaway-Myers Chapel is serving the Bigley family.