Rev. Thorpe was born April 9, 1933 in Lyon County, KY the son of the late John Floyd and Earline Pollard Thorpe. Reverend Thorpe served in the United Methodist Church for thirty-eight years. He loved the ministry of the UMC, the people he served, and especially working with the youth of the church. He served as a conference trustee and on other conference and district committees of the Louisville Conference. He was a seventh generation Methodist, taking pride in his Scot-Irish and English Heritage. The story of his heritage starts in the twelfth century with King David I, of Scotland. His fifth-great grandfather was born in Bonnie, Scotland and came to Chesapeake Bay, Virginia in 1791.
He likes to hike and explore the woodlands as an amateur naturalist: knowing the names of many trees, wildflowers, and birds. Other interests and talents were in mechanics, transportation, and farming.
He entered high school at the age of 28 and graduated from American High School, Chicago, Ill., He was awarded the T.E. Elliot Scholarship in Literature from the American High School. He attended Lindsey Wilson College, Kentucky Wesleyan College, and Scaritt-Vanderbilt Graduate Program. He completed eight years of Pastor’s school at Emory University Candor’s School of Theology, Atlanta, Ga. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Rebecca Thorpe, and brother, Kelsey Thorpe.
Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Mary Peters Thorpe of Hopkinsville, two sons, Jerald Thorpe of Russellville, Rickey Thorpe of Crofton, tow daughters, Bonnie Thorpe of Christian County, Belinda Edwards of Canton, Mich., two brothers, Eugene Thorpe of Gilbertsville, Jimmy Thorpe of Clarksville, Tenn., six grandchildren, Craig, Michael, Rickey, and bobby Thorpe, Karen Williams, and Tiffani Sodlwisch; two step grandchildren, Chris Edwards and Jennifer Michalek; two great grandchildren, Paige and Peyton Thorpe; three step great grandchildren, Maranda, Zack, and Dewight Johnson.
In lieu of flowers, please make a monetary donation to the Hopkinsville First United Methodist Church Memorial Fund or the Kentucky United Methodist Children’s Home, P.O. Box 749, Versailles, KY 40383-9982