Episcopal Rector tells family, friends, as they lay Ulysses Lorenzo Thorpe to rest.
At a funeral held at the Christ Episcopal Church in Crozierville, Montserrado County on August 5, the Reverend Andy B. K. Davies, Rector of Grace Episcopal Church of Clay Ashland, told mourners and sympathizers that his message and tributes were not for the benefit of the late Ulysses Lorenzo Thorpe. He said the message and tributes are meant to encourage all, irrespective of societal status, to mend their individual lives, and to prepare for the Kingdom of God. On the theme: “Heaven, A Prepared Place for Prepared People,” Rev. Davies said “if you are prepared, you will be able to enjoy the Kingdom of Heaven.”
He noted that many people spent a lot of time to get the best clothes, cars, and homes and asked whether they were preparing themselves for the Kingdom of God. “I want to encourage you with a message of salvation to prepare for the Kingdom of heaven,” he said. Rev. Davies explained that preparing “yourself entails living the life that God wants you to live because Jesus Christ is the only way. We should look at Jesus to avoid going astray. We should realize that we are sinners and that we need Jesus as Lord and Savior. We should be baptized, take our problems to Jesus’ feet, go to church regularly, read the Bible and pray.” Looking at the political atmosphere in Liberia, he observed that people are talking too much and should pray as well.
To the bereaved family, he consoled them saying, “It is God that gave and it is He who has taken. The loss of your loved one, your father, your grandfather, your husband…should not bring division in your family, but all should be united as one family.” He advised the mourners and sympathizers to prepare for the Kingdom of God and warned of the last days which he said is near, due to happenings around the world.
Life Sketch of Ulysses L. Thorpe
Mr. Ulysses Lorenzo Thorpe, Jr. was born unto the union of the Ulysses Lorenzo Thorpe, Sr. and Isabella Carphant Thorpe (both deceased) in Crozierville, Montserrado County on February 11, 1940. He started his early education at Christ Episcopal Parish Day School and later attended the Booker Washington Institute (BWI) in Kakata, Margibi County from 1959 to 1963 and graduated as a heavy duty mechanic. He entered the Liberia Swedish Vocational Training Center (LSVTC) in Nimba County from 1963 to 1967.
After his graduation in 1967, he returned to Monrovia and started work with the Voice of America (VOA) from 1968 to the late eighties. Mr. Ulysses L. Thorpe also worked for the Liberian government at the Ministry of Rural Development and Urban Reconstruction from 1984 to 1987.
Following a protracted illness, with tireless medical interventions in Liberia, Mr. Ulysses L. Thorpe died on Monday, July 10, 2017 at 7 a.m. at his residence in Crozierville.
Ulysses Lorenzo Thorpe, Jr. leaves to mourn his loss his widow, Mrs. Mary Kolu Thorpe, 21 children, 31 grandchildren, two sisters, Mrs. Victoria Thorpe Watts and Mrs. Isabella Thorpe Murvee, nieces, nephews and many other relatives and friends in Liberia and abroad.