John Louis Thorp

October 6, 1946 - May 31, 2022
John Louis Thorp

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John Louis Thorp, 75 years old, of Wilmington, NC went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, May 31, 2022. He was born in Paducah, Kentucky on October 6, 1946 to Ray Thorp and Ola Day who preceded him in death.

John had many accomplishments throughout his life. He retired from General Electric, where he gave many years of service as a machine operator. He never met a stranger, made friends everywhere he went, and always carried the message of God to everyone he could. He loved to work and play hard. He spent years on his bowling team and pool league, but his favorite was always the golf course. However, the most important things in life to him were God and his family, and he devoted himself thoroughly to both.

He is survived by his loving wife of 36 years, Randi Thorp, his only child Holly Thorp Coleman and wife Ellie, step daughter Jennifer Smith Handschuh and husbands Rich, step son Marlian Smith and wife Gabriel, sister Evelyn Thorp Yon, brother Bob Thorp, grandchildren; Daniel Handschuh,  Justin Handschuh , Emma Handschuh, Caleb Handschuh, David Handschuh and multiple cousins, nieces, and nephews.

A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, June 11, 2022 at 2:30 pm at Wilmington Funeral & Cremation – Wilmington Chapel.

Please leave memories and condolences for John’s family by clicking the “Post a Condolence”.

Services in care of Wilmington Funeral & Cremation – Wilmington Chapel – 1535 S. 41st Street Wilmington, NC 28403 910.791.9099.


Saturday, June 11, 2022
2:30 PM

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1535 South 41st Street
Wilmington, NC 28403

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  • July 09, 2022
    Louie Boykin says:
    I worked with John at GE. He helped me in my walk with Christ. I left GEin 2002. I am sure I will see him in heaven. Condolences and prayers to the family.

  • June 04, 2022
    Ken Foster says:
    I knew John for over 40 years, he was a good man and a true Christian. Condolences to his wife and family. Rest In Peace, my friend.

  • June 06, 2022
    Charles & Michelle Cousins says:
    Our deepest sympathies to John’s family and friends. We enjoyed the times we gathered for family meals and great conversations. Charles & Michelle Cousins (Jennifer’s brother & sister-in-law.)

  • June 06, 2022
    Lisa R Dismukes says:
    I worked with John briefly, after his retirement. He was a kind and sweet man. I will pray for his family.

  • June 06, 2022
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