William Robert (Twit)
Thorsen - Southport
Robert (Twit) Thorsen, 84, a native of Southport, NC,
passed away on December 8, 2012, to be with his loving
wife Lenna who preceded him in death 19 years ago.
He was a veteran
of World War II, Korea, and Vietnam, a teacher of
science at Southport High School and a NC State DOT. His
passion was Southport and civil war history. He held the
office of alderman in Southport for many years. William
was born in Southport, NC on January 30, 1928. He served
in the Seabees, the United States Navy, and retired from
the United States Air Force. William graduated from
Southport High School and continued on to receive a BA
degree from the University of Colorado-Boulder, while in
the Air Force. He was also active with the Southport
A memorial will be held at 2:00 pm on Thursday, December
13, 2012 at Peacock-Newnam & White Funeral Home chapel.
Dr. Ann Jahnes of the Southport Presbyterian Church will
William was married to Lenna Allred. William is survived
by his four children, Leigh Ann Watts of Lorton, VA;
William R. Thorsen, II of Southport, NC; Robin Tamburi
and husband James of Campbell Hall, NY; and David (Tom)
Thorsen and wife Evelyn from Abingdon, MD. He is also
survived by nine grandchildren, Sam, Jacob, and Jessica
Watts; Shane and Derek Thorsen; Jason and Cameron
Tamburi and Jarrod Thorsen and Meghan Thorsen Watts.
William has 2 great grandchildren, Kaia and Clara Watts.
William is preceded in death by Lenna Allred Thorsen.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be given to
Lower Cape Fear Hospice, 955 Mercy Lane, Bolivia, NC
The family of William wishes to thank Lower Cape Fear
Hospice for their help and support.
& White Funeral and Cremation Service, Southport