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Bobby Thorpe

Graveside memorial services will be Wednesday at 10 a.m. in Higgins Cedar Hills Memorial Gardens in Fayetteville.
There will be no visitation. Higgins Funeral Home in Fayetteville is in charge of arrangements.
He was the son of the late Thomas  Austin Thorpe and Helon Woodard and was a U.S. Air Force veteran who had worked for Goodyear Tire as a quality control inspector for 27 years. After retiring and moving to Fayetteville, he placed an ad for his chair bottoming abilities. This ad brought him more work than he expected. He stayed busy bottoming chairs for local customers as long as his health allowed.
He had perfected many techniques, using many different materials. Among the many chairs that he acquired were antique jury box chairs from the former Huntsville Courthouse, and a chair he purchased from Davis Hardware, now Marbles Mercantile.
Along with repairing and selling cane chairs, he also made award-winning hand-woven baskets that were usually given as gifts.
Survivors include his wife, Dion (Kemp) Thorpe; two daughters, Patrice Antoinette “Toni” Sanford of Union City and Andrea Lyn Draper of Fairview; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by two sisters, Annie (Thorpe) Mefford and Barbara T. Freeland.

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