Georgia JoAnn (Comer) Thorpe

Born: Wed., Mar. 13, 1929
Died: Tue., Aug. 7, 2018

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Georgia JoAnn Thorpe, 89, passed away August 7, 2018 at Hickory Creek Healthcare in New Castle after a short illness.

She was born on March 13, 1929 to Ruth Comer and Luther Fourman in Arcanum, Ohio. She had three brothers, Galen Comer, Benjamin Fourman Sr. and Robert Fourman. She was a 1947 graduate of Centerville Indiana High School.  

Georgia enjoyed working in retail. She worked at numerous locations in Richmond over the years including McDonalds Sales Center, Sears, Elder Beerman, and Hall of Cards in the mall.  With so much retail experience, she purchased Heritage Books and Gifts in downtown Richmond. She kept this business for almost five years. She loved every aspect of the Heritage; there was not a part she did not enjoy. Most of all she loved getting to know her customers. After an illness, she sold the store but still longed for another store. She purchased Molly’s Gift Shop in Hagerstown and operated it for a short while. Owning these two stores were some of her fondest memories in her working career. 

Georgia loved to give to organizations that helped others. She volunteered at Birthright, washing loads and loads of baby clothes that would bless little ones. She gave money to help build wells, repair eye sight, whatever the need was. She and her husband attended Centerville Christian Church and Winchester Friends church.
Along with her husband they built and operated the KOA Kampground north of Richmond. They also owned Kargard Muffler Shop for many years.

She married Charles “Chuck” Thorpe in 1959. Between the two of them they blended their seven children into one big family. Georgia is survived by her six children, Shirley (Mark) Ertel of Winchester, Toni (Mark) Heggie of Greenville, OH, Tim Thorpe of Winchester, Tom (Sue) Lucas of Richmond, Karen (Steve) Hermanson of Fishers and Cindy (Bobby) Neal of Hagerstown; 14 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her husband, parents, adopted father Erville “Babe” Comer, daughter Debbie (Johnny) Griner of Phoenix, AZ, grandson Andrew Mark Heggie, great granddaughters Megan Elizabeth, Morgan JoAnn and Hannah Rose Triggs and great grandson Lucas Wesley Tan and her brothers Galen Comer and Robert Fourman.

Private funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family. 

Thank you to Raintree Square (New Castle) for the adorable little apartment Georgia made her home, Hickory Creek Healthcare (New Castle) for the wonderful care and Henry County Hospice for your big, wonderful hearts. All of the love and concern you showed Georgia will never be forgotten by her family.

Walker Funeral Home in Winchester is entrusted with the arrangements. Online condolences may be shared with the family at

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Cindy Skiver
   Posted Wed August 08, 2018
Shirley and family, I am so sorry for your lost. Although I didn't know your mother well, I will always remember her sweet smile. My love and prayers for you all 💕

Jordan S
   Posted Fri August 10, 2018
My deepest condolences to the family for your loss. Our Heavenly Father gives us a comforting thought when He tells us that soon death will be "swallowed up forever." (1 Cor. 15:54) Along with this, God also promises that ones who have died will be able to live again. (John 5:28,29) I hope these encouraging scriptures can bring you some comfort during this difficult time.

Christy Bullock Williams
   Posted Fri August 10, 2018
Cindy and family,
I am so very sorry to learn of your mother's passing. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers as you go through this difficult time of saying goodbye to her. Christy