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.