Wayne Lee Dorough, age 78, of Virginia Beach, passed away peacefully Sunday morning July 24, 2022 surrounded in love by his three children and wife. Born September 29, 1943 in Washington D.C., he was the son of the late Leroy and Mabel Dorough. He was preceded in death by his brother, Gary. He is survived by his wife Nancy of 35 years, three children, Todd Dorough (Angie), Robin Tuxill (Jared) and Jennifer Neylon (Dan); as well as his six grandchildren Kayla Sandoval, Jackson, Colby, Dylan, Alli Kassir, and Colin Neylon, two great grandchildren; Isabelle and Brayden Sandoval.
Before taking an early retirement, Wayne’s unyielding work ethic and sheer will and determination helped him rise to the top of the commercial flooring business as one of the top salesmen for J.J.Haines for over 30 years. Wayne wholeheartedly lived his life to the fullest and like any good teenager, had a serious propensity for FOMO (Fear of Missing Out). Whether it was a Halloween spent at Cherry Stone, a good sauce-laden hotdog, a wrestling match, field hockey or lacrosse game, he enjoyed it all, mostly because his family, the source of his greatest pride, was always by his side. Pop Wayne was his family’s biggest cheerleader and promoted their successes to anyone within earshot. Family dinners, vacations, facetimes and quality time spent together was all he needed to be happy. From fishing, to biking, to running, to kayaking, and traveling, it was hard to keep Pop Wayne in one place for too long. Even Parkinson’s Disease couldn’t slow him down. He fought back by being an active member of Rock Steady, a boxing class for managing Parkinson’s symptoms. He continued to light up a dance floor and even hook a citation ‘mahi mahi.’ Wayne was an active member of ‘SNAP’ and ‘Voice of the Faithful,’ helping to change Virginia State legislation regarding the statute of limitation for sexual abuse survivors while offering emotional support to victims like himself. Wayne would have celebrated his 40th year of sobriety this January, an accomplishment that personifies the courage and fearlessness of a fighter, fighting until the very end.
Even in his last days, taking inspiration from one of his favorite tunes, he knew when to ‘hold ‘em’ and he knew when to ‘fold ‘em’. It was no surprise that Pop Wayne waited until all of his family was with him before he passed into his eternity.
The family will be holding a Memorial Service in his honor on Wednesday, August 10th at Virginia Beach Community Chapel on Laskin Road at 3:00pm. A reception to celebrate his life and legacy will immediately follow at the Cavalier Golf & Yacht Club until 6:30pm. A celebration of life will also be held at Boone Station Hall in Severna Park, MD Sunday Oct. 30th, 3pm-5pm.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the National Parkinson Foundation. Condolences and stories to share are welcomed on www.altmeyerfuneralandcremation.com A special thank you to The Memory Center, Rock Steady of VA Beach, Sentara, Princess Anne EMS.