January 3, 1924 ~ October 10, 2020

Born in: Buncombe County, NC
Resided in: Fairview, NC

Evelyn Gregory Thorpe, 96, passed away Saturday, October 10, 2020, at her home in Fairview.

Mrs. Thorpe was born January 3, 1924, in Buncombe County to the late Willard and Anna Dalton Gregory. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Z. Thorpe (2003), by sons, Jim Thorpe (Jennifer, also deceased) and Dean Thorpe and by brothers and sisters, Talmage Gregory, Atlas Anderson, Gladys Moore, Paul Gregory and Wayne Gregory.

Mrs. Thorpe dedicated her adult life to caring for more than 300 children in her home and teaching them about God. They all referred to her as “Nanny”. She was a lifelong member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church and at 96 years, had the longest tenure of anyone in the church history.

She is survived by her daughter, Ina Treadway (Bob); sons, Danny Thorpe and Jerry Thorpe (Tina); daughter-in-law, Kathy Thorpe (the late Dean Thorpe); grandchildren, January Dickinson (Todd), Jerry Thorpe II (Gardner), Jessica Jacoby (Jim Wayne), Jenny Wyatt, Danny Lee Thorpe, Jr., Sherrie Romans (Paul), Darin Lipe (Donna), Steven Thorpe, Lindsey Thorpe, Lauren Thorpe, Darrell McDaris, Robert Treadway (Donna), Cindy Treadway and Tracy Donati (Phillip); 29 great-grandchildren and 18 great-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Edith Hogan and Alice Rothenburg, and a brother, Melvin Gregory (Rhoda).

Funeral services will be at 12:00 noon Tuesday at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church with the Revs. Charles Rogers and Thomas Lanning officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Mrs. Thorpe will lie in repose at the church one hour prior to the service on Tuesday.

Facial masks are required and social distancing is recommended.

In lieu of flowers (especially no cut flowers, please, per her previous request) memorials may be made to the Pleasant Grove Cemetery Fund, PO Box 428, Fairview, NC 28730.


Funeral Service: October 13, 2020 12:00 pm

Pleasant Grove Baptist Church
Garren Creek Road
Fairview, NC 28730


Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

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


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  1. We loved Evelyn very much! Her and our Granny Mott were the best of friends. We have many great memories. She loved the Lord and her family. We are keeping the family in our Prayers during this time but we all know that she is in her Heavenly home reunited with her husband, sons and many family and friends. We Love y’all.

  2. She was a radiance of God’s Love. She gave the best hugs. I know we will see her later. Prayers for the family during this sad time. May sweet memories comfort family and friends at this time.

  3. I’m so sorry for your loss. May the God of all comfort help you during this difficult time. (2Corinthians 1:3,4 & Psalms 83:18). Jesus told us to pray for God’s Kingdom because it will end tears pain and death. (Revelation 21:3-5 & Daniel 2:44).

  4. We have been Blessed to have known such a loving woman. She will be missed but glad to know we will see her again. Love and Prayers to each of you and May God shower you each day with Blessings from those Beautiful memories. We Love You!


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