The Rev­erend Dr. Thomas R. Sig­mon

The Charlotte Observer (Sunday) - - Obituaries -

CHAR­LOTTE - The Rev. Dr. Thomas R. Sig­mon, 80, of Char­lotte, North Carolina, passed away on April 5, 2019 af­ter a coura­geous bat­tle with Pul­monary Fi­bro­sis and Lung Can­cer.

Tom was born in New­ton, North Carolina to the late Ralph Man­son Sig­mon and the late Gla­dys Radar Sig­mon on April 4, 1939. He mar­ried LaVon McCurry Sig­mon on Septem­ber 4, 1960 in Hick­ory, North Carolina. He was a grad­u­ate of Fred T. Ford High School and also achieved a Bach­e­lor of Arts from Lenoir Rhyne Uni­ver­sity, a Masters of Divinity from Duke Uni­ver­sity and a Doc­tor of Min­istry from Drew Uni­ver­sity.

Tom re­tired from the Western North Carolina Con­fer­ence of the United Methodist Church in 2005 af­ter 46 years of ac­tive min­istry. He con­tin­ued his min­istry af­ter re­tire­ment serv­ing as an in­terim min­is­ter for parishes in tran­si­tion thru 2012.

Through­out his min­istry Tom served as a pas­tor of nu­mer­ous United Methodist Churches through­out Western North Carolina, but pri­mar­ily in the Char­lotte area since 1972. He served ru­ral, small town, moun­tain, sub­ur­ban and ur­ban churches, with his last parish be­ing Sharon United Methodist Church in South-Park. He also served as the Gas­to­nia District Su­per­in­ten­dent and fi­nally as the Ex­ec­u­tive Pro­gram Di­rec­tor of Min­istries for the Western North Carolina Con­fer­ence.

Dur­ing his min­istry he fre­quently fo­cused on ec­u­meni­cal coali­tions, as­sist­ing in the link­age of churches es­pe­cially in lo­cal mis­sions. In the late 1960’s he was one of the key or­ga­niz­ers of a multi- de­nom­i­na­tional Co­op­er­a­tive Chris­tian Min­istry in Hick­ory that con­tin­ues to this day. In the early 1970’s he was one of the or­ga­niz­ers of the orig­i­nal Meck­len­burg County Coun­cil on Ag­ing. Late in his ca­reer, he was also in­stru­men­tal in part­ner­ing with the Duke Endowment to es­tab­lish ru­ral af­ford­able hous­ing min­istries across Western North Carolina.

Tom be­lieved that Chris­tian­ity is not a “spectator sport”, but re­quires ac­tive wit­ness based on jus­tice, mercy, com­pas­sion and re­spect for all. Though loyal to his de­nom­i­na­tion, he still be­lieved very strongly that the name of one’s de­nom­i­na­tion was meant to be used as an ad­jec­tive, not a noun.

He is best re­mem­bered as a peo­ple per­son. He loved to travel, but it was not the land­marks, but the peo­ple that in­ter­ested him the most. He was a man of im­pact, but al­ways unas­sum­ing and hum­ble. A pos­i­tive im­pact was in­stinc­tive to him - so in­stinc­tive it seemed ef­fort­less, and of­ten times he may not have even re­al­ized he had an im­pact un­til some­one told him. All who knew him have been blessed to have his ex­am­ple.

Tom is sur­vived by his wife LaVon; their chil­dren Mary Beth Smart and her hus­band Mike of Gas­to­nia and Wil­liam Thomas Sig­mon and his wife El­iz­a­beth of Char­lotte; his broth­ers Jerry Man­son Sig­mon and his wife Jean of New­ton and Don­ald Eu­gene Sig­mon and his wife Becky of New­ton; their Grand­chil­dren Matthew Alan Klinga­man and his wife Lacey of Mt. Holly, Jen­nifer El­iz­a­beth Thrift and her hus­band Char­lie of Stan­ley, Mar­shall-Wil­liam Sig­mon of Char­lotte, and Jor­dan El­iz­a­beth Sig­mon of Char­lotte; their great- Grand­chil­dren Kam­ryn El­iz­a­beth Thrift of Stan­ley and Ry­der James Klinga­man of Mt. Holly; nieces Lynn Sig­mon Laws of New­ton, Kim Sig­mon Gulzar of Mt. Holly and Donna Sig­mon Well­mon of St. Louis; and neph­ews Marcus Todd McCurry of Greens­boro and David Eu­gene Sig­mon of New­ton. Tom was pre­de­ceased by another nephew, the late Jeffrey Man­son Sig­mon of New­ton.

A cel­e­bra­tion of his life will be held at 1: 00 pm on Fri­day, April 26, 2019 at My­ers Park United Methodist Church in Char­lotte. The fam­ily will greet vis­i­tors fol­low­ing the ser­vice in Ju­bilee Hall.

In lieu of flow­ers, me­mo­ri­als may be given to the Alder­s­gate Res­i­dent Fi­nan­cial As­sis­tance Fund (Alder­s­gate at Sham­rock, 3800 Sham­rock Drive, Char­lotte, NC 28215). Tom’s fam­ily also wishes to ex­tend our sin­cere thanks to the staff of Alder­s­gate Re­tire­ment Com­mu­nity, Hos­pice & Pal­lia­tive Care Char­lotte Re­gion, Dr. James P. Smith, MD, and Dr. Justin P. Favaro, MD, PhD.

Ar­range­ments are in the care of Ken­neth Poe Fu­neral & Cre­ma­tion Ser­vice, 1321 Berke­ley Ave., Char­lotte, NC 28204; (704) 641-7606. On­line con­do­lences can be shared at www.ken­neth­poe­ser­vices.com.

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