Joseph Thorpe Jr.

Sunrise: November 15, 1944

Sunset: October 26, 2023

Joseph Thorpe, Jr. was called home peacefully to be with our Lord on Thursday morning, October 26, 2023.

Joseph, affectionately known as “Joe”, was born on November 15, 1944 in Norfolk, Virginia to Joseph and Annie Thorpe. He was educated in Norfolk Public Schools and was an alumni of Booker T. Washington High School. He married the former Joyce Robinson, also of Norfolk, on May 7, 1978.

Joseph was a diligent, hard-working man. He was employed by Wetsel Seed Company as a Warehouse Manager for many years until their closure in the Tidewater Area. His last employment was with Navy Gateway in Portsmouth, Virginia until retirement in 2017 due to illness.

When Joseph wasn’t working, he loved fishing, crabbing and doing fun outings with his wife. He preferred hanging with her than with the fellows. Joseph really enjoyed eating good food. During his illness, he didn’t talk much, particularly over the last year. However,  when he ate something prepared by his wife that he really enjoyed, he would say, “This is good!” or “I like this!” He would seem to light up with joy and display his sweet smile.

Joseph knew that God was the source of his life. He attended Faith Deliverance Christian Center for 8 years prior to becoming an official member in 2009. Joseph had great respect and much love for Dr. Riley and Dr. Amos and appreciated the kindness of the saints of Faith Deliverance Christian Center which compelled him to join this body of believers. He was delighted to be a part of the ministry and took great pride in maintaining the grounds. Additionally, he and his wife were active members of the Couples Prayer-Walk Ministry.

Joseph was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Annie Thorpe.

Joseph is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Joyce R. Thorpe of Norfolk, VA; sister, Joyce Cardenas and the best brother-in- law, Enrique Cardenas of San Antonio, Texas; sister-in-law, Darlene Taylor of Alexandria, Virginia; two sons, Vaughn Thorpe and Lloyd Thorpe; one daughter, Romesa Hoyen and a host of grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Viewing Sunday, November 12, 2023 12 Noon - 4:00pm Metropolitan Funeral Service 7246 Granby Street Norfolk, VA 23505 Service COME IN PERSON OR WATCH SERVICE LIVE ONLINE Monday, November 13, 2023 11:00am Metropolitan Funeral Service Granby Chapel Interment Olive Branch Cemetery Cpl J M Williams Avenue Portsmouth, VA 23701

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    Sharon A Cox says

    Sending prayers and condolences to your family Vaughn. Rest in peace Mr Thorpe.

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    Edith Frazier says

    Sister Joyce, we are so sorry. For your loss. We will keep you in our prayers. The Frazier family.

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    Tracey Hopkins says

    Sincerest condolences to my dear friend Vaughn and family. I pray God keep you all close and comforted especially during this difficult time. May your loved on rest in eternal peace.

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      Paula Bassett says

      My Pray are with you and families. Mr. Joe was a humble person. I got to know him while working at NGIS.

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    Edna Outlaw (BTW/NPS sub) says

    A man who worked hard, cared deeply, and gave his best
    A comforting blessing for each of us –
    Thank you Joyce for allowing us to share in the kindness and love
    Pray God’s blessings and guidance as you hold to memories to find some comfort

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