Mary Curtis Thorpe McGowan, age 81 of Young Harris, formerly of Fayetteville, Georgia passed away peacefully with
her family by her side on Sunday, October 10, 2021. Mary was born on October 4, 1940 in Atlanta, Georgia to the
late Alfred Henry (Sonny) and Mary Catheleen (Curtis) Thorpe.
Mary loved the Lord and was a faithful member of McConnell Memorial Baptist Church. Prior to moving to Hiawassee with her husband Ed, she was the pianist for Riverdale Christian Church where they were founding members. She loved to collect rocks; she would pick them up on her trips to bring back home and even passed this tradition on to her grandchildren. Mary enjoyed bird watching from her front porch; she made sure Ed always had the bird feeders
full. She and Ed's door was always open to their children, grandchildren, friends and community; their home was a
place for rest, love and spoiling their loved-ones. She was lovingly known as "MeeMaw" to everyone and took every
opportunity to spoil her grandchildren. To know Mary was to love her and be loved. She left an impression on all the
lives she touched over the years.
Mary is preceded in death by her parents. She is survived in death by her husband, Jack Edward McGowan, Jr.;
children, Mike (Angela) Carver of Fayetteville, Cindy (Phillip) Major of Hiawassee, Tammy (Bert) Proctor of Newnan,
Steve Becker of Fayetteville, Nicole (Richard) Paden of Monticello; step-daughters, Laura McGowan of Vancouver,
Karen (Randall) Anderson of Snellville; siblings Patricia (Benny) Brown, Arthur (Sharon) Thorpe, Michael (Nina)
Thorpe; grandchildren, Cristin Pryor, Kira (Jeremy) O'Pry, Michael (Tabbi) Carver, Jr., Jason (Maria) Arrington,
Jeffrey Arrington, Sherry (Nick) Thornton, Trey Proctor, Christian Proctor, Patrick Oaks, Jacki Oaks, Rachel Paden;
15 great-grandchildren and countless great-great grandchildren; 7 nieces and nephews as well as many other
extended family members and long-time family friends.
Visitation: Wednesday, October 13, 2021 from 4:00-6:00pm at Banister-Cooper Funeral Home
Visitation: Friday, October 15, 2021 from 11:00am-1:pm at Mowell Funeral Home in Fayetteville, Georgia.
Service: Friday, October 15, 2021 at 1:00pm at Mowell Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Canton Memorial Park cemetery.
Banister-Cooper, in Hiawassee and Mowell Funeral Homes in Fayetteville are handling arrangements for Mrs.