Earl Glen Thorpe

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Earl Glen Thorpe passed away Monday, May 22, 2023, at his home.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Beatrice Elaine Rice (Thorpe), his brother, Dennis Thorpe, his nephew, Richard A. Taylor, and parents, James Willard Thorpe and Helen Carolyn Hamlin (Thorpe).

Earl is survived by his sister, Carolyn Joan Taylor, his sister-in-law, Cindy Harmon, his daughters, Judith D.L. O’Dell and Frances C. Thorpe, his grandchildren, Scarlett, Christian and Gunner O’Dell, and many nieces and nephews.

Earl was a US Navy veteran and served on the USS Willard Keith and the USS Belknap during the Vietnam War. He earned the National Defense Medal, the Good Conduct Medal and the Vietnam Service Medal.

Earl will be laid to rest beside the love of his life, his wife, at Sulphur Springs Cemetery at a graveside service at 2:00 p.m. Friday.

The family will receive friends from 1:00 – 1:50 p.m. Friday at Groce Funeral Home on Patton Avenue.


Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

Groce Funeral Home - Patton Ave.
1401 Patton Ave.
Asheville, NC 28806


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  1. Missy, please accept my deepest condolences on the passing of you Father. I am praying for you and your family for strength and peace.

    Mr. Earl – please know how much I will miss you and our little chats. I will miss watching you and Missy go fishing and hanging out on the front porch sipping coffee. I loved hearing the stories of the time you served in the Navy and watching how Missy’s face would light up whenever you were around.

    Missy – I promised your Mom and Dad that you would be ok, that I had you. They were so proud of you and the woman you’ve become.
    Your daddy is now with his Elaine. They are walking hand in hand smiling down on you and the rest of their loved ones.

    God bless them both and God bless you and your family.

    Love you Forever & Ever,
    Debora R. Lewis

  2. Earl you meant my sister before I started school so you seem more like a brother than an in-law you’ve just have always been there and I am gonna miss our talks. Say hello to mama and Lanie and Donnie I will be there someday. Love your baby sis, Cindy

  3. May the good Lord wrap His loving arms around each family member during this time, giving each one peace. Until we meet again, Mr. Earl!

  4. Missy, I am so sorry for your loss. May your memories of happier times bring you peace and comfort . Sending love and hugs….

  5. My sincere and loving condolences to the family. May Earl be a light of many memories for them. Prayers that our Lord will comfort them in this time of need.

  6. My sincere and loving condolences to the family. May Earl be a light of many memories for them. Prayers that our Lord will comfort the family in their time of need.

  7. Judie and Missy, I’m so sorry for your loss. He always seemed to be a great father to you both. You are in my heart and my thoughts.

  8. I dont have the words Missy. I hope that the love you held with Dad keeps you filled with warm memories that bring you smiles through the tears. Keep that faith, becuase he will be waiting. All my love and respect. Wish I could do something to help you. Please keep that love alive in your heart! I love you.

  9. My dearest Missy… how my heart hurts for you right now. I loved the stories you shared with me about your Dad (Mr. Earl) and how close you two were. There is no doubt in my mind that your mom and dad are together, watching over you and emitting infinite amounts of love and strength to you now and forever…

  10. There are no words Mr Earl lives on in you. Your mom and dad are now together and secure in the knowledge that we have you.

  11. Missy, I’m so sorry for your loss , may God comfort you and your family during this difficult time.

  12. My sincerest condolences on the passing of Mr. Earl. May you find comfort in the fond memories you have.

  13. My deepest condolences to family and friends. May you find comfort in your fondest memories.

  14. My deepest sympathy to Missy and family. May angels wrap you in love and peace until you meet again.

  15. I’m a firm believer that when we lose someone close to us, they continue to live on through us and give us unbelievable strength. They’re so connected to us that they become a part of us.” They are never far from us.
    “Your dad’s amazing personality lives on through you. Sending you much love during this difficult time.”

  16. “What we once enjoyed and deeply loved we can never lose, for all that we love deeply becomes part of us.” – Helen Keller. Sending love your way in your time of sorrow.

  17. Earl you will be missed. I loved chatting with you and you were a a good neighbor and friend. RIP

  18. My heart breaks to hear this news. Earl was a great man, boss and friend. He will definitely be missed.

  19. Judy and Missy,
    I am so sorry to hear of Gomers passing.I remember visiting with Elaine and him many years ago in Ashville .
    Gomer and my stepfather Denny were in the navy together, so we saw your family quite often when you girls
    were little.He was a wonderful man. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    Katrina and Carl Fishel

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