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Norwood (Cotton) Thorpe

March 5, 1933 January 19, 2015
Norwood (Cotton) Thorpe
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Norwood (Cotton)Thorpe passed away Monday, January 19, 2015, at the University of Kentucky Medical Center at the age of 81.He was born March 5, 1933 at Torrent, KY to the late Robert and Amanda Bush Thorpe.Norwood graduated from Lee County High School in 1953.After graduation he was drafted into the Marines, where he served two years.After retirement he became an active member of the Bluegrass Marine Detachment 1012 in Richmond, KY.He worked 36 years for L;N/CSX Railroad, earning his 35 year pin.He was a member of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers ; Trainmen, and a charter member of the Louisville ; Nashville Railroad Historical Society. He was a continuous supporter of his sons' Boy Scout and Little League Ball programs. As a member of Salem Baptist Church, he served as an usher and in any other capacity when needed.He was a member of Irvine Masonic Lodge 137 and also a former member of Oleika Shrine, Lexington, KY.His passion was in history and genealogy.He helped to organize Estill County's Historical Society, becoming its first president, serving two different sessions.He also was the editor of their newsletter since the beginning.He compiled several books for the society and churches.One he really enjoyed doing was a brief History of the Boone's Creek Association of Southern Baptist Churches.He was granted a patent from the US Patent Office for his Hydraulic Interlocking Fuel Nozzle he invented in 2009. On August 5, 1958 he married Floretta Phillips.They were married 56 years.Besides his wife, he is survived by: 3 Sons:Dennis Thorpe Lexington, KY David Thorpe (Shawny) St. Mary's, GA Douglas Thorpe (Jenny) Mt. Sterling, KY 1 Daughter:Dianne Thorpe (Jerry) Smith Irvine, KY 8Grandchildren:Andy Thorpe, Meghan Thorpe Lucido, Allison Thorpe, Phillip Smith, Matthew Smith, Fox Thorpe, Seth Thorpe, and Autumn Thorpe. 2 Brothers:William H. Thorpe Panama City Beach, FL Robert (Irene) Thorpe Beattyville, KY 1 Sister:Brenda (Mike) Knollman He was preceded in death by 1 sister, Erma (Bert) Combs and 1 brother, Jack Thorpe. Funeral services will be conducted Friday, January 23, 11 AM at the Warren F. Toler Funeral Home Chapel by Pastor Jerry Smith.Burial will be at the Sunset Memorial Gardens.Friends may call between 6 and 9 PM Thursday at the Warren F. Toler Funeral Home. Pallbearers:Nick Lucido, Matthew Smith, Phillip Smith, Fox Thorpe, Seth Thorpe, James Brashear and Donald McIntosh Honorary Pallbearers:Harold Calmes, James Smith, James Brashear, Bill Smyth, Richard Childers, Gene Cooper, Danny Barnett, Rodney Snowden, Obrene Richardson, Jimmy Winkler, Danny Bush, H.M. Arthur, David Harrison, Gene Watson, Wayne Horn, Bobby Parson, Bobby Crowe, Eugene Bush, Michael Woolery, Bob Calder, Donnie Walling, John Cox, Danny Callahan and Marvin Neal

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