Lewis Sumner Thorp, M.D., 79, of Rocky Mount departed this life on August 17, 2005. “Rocky Mount has lost a truly outstanding citizen and, for those of us who knew Lewis personally, an outstanding friend. He was an outstanding and dedicated physician, an interested and informed citizen,” says Rocky Mount Mayor Fred Turnage.
Thorp’s wife, Nany Yelverton Thorp, said her husband gave comfort to those who needed his care.
“He cared about his patients very much, not just the illness but the whole person,” she said. “His family was his greatest achievement. He cared about his family very much. He gave himself whenever he was needed. He cared about his church. He cared about the Lord.”
Dr. Thorp was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and greatgrandfather. He leaves his family to cherish his memory; His wife Nancy Yelverton Thorp, sons Lewis Sumner Thorp III wife Cindy, Robert Yelverton Bennett and wife Sue, William Rowland Thorp and wife Sherry, and David Gordon Thorp, daughter Routh Louise Cooper and husband Matthew, grandchildren Erin and husband Grzsiek, Tim, Sarah Thorp, Allison Cooper, Rob and Alex Bennett, and great-grandson Adrian Buczkowski. Dr. Thorp was the eldest son of Lewis Sumner Thorp and Routh Speed Mercer Thorp.
Dr. Thorp preceded in death by his first wife, Harriet Anne Williamson Thorp. He is survived by two brothers, John Mercer Thorp and Seabury Daniel Thorp.