Wayne Leroy “Pops” Emminizer

November 23, 1936 - April 13, 2017

11/23/1936 - 04/13/2017

Past Services

Tuesday April 18, 2017
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Altmeyer Funeral Home - Southside Chapel
5033 Rouse Drive
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
(757) 422-4000 | Directions
Wednesday April 19, 2017
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Kempsville Baptist Church
5204 Princess Anne Rd
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23462
757-499-5457 | Directions
Wednesday April 19, 2017
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Woodlawn Memorial Gardens
6309 E Virginia Beach Blvd.
Norfolk, Virginia 23502
757-461-4054 | Directions

Wayne Leroy “Pops” Emminizer, 80, passed away on Thursday, April 13, 2017. He was born in North Carolina to the late James Worley Emminizer and Rene Caulder. Wayne graduated from John A. Holmes High School in Edenton, NC. It was here that he developed his innate athletic talents as a baseball pitcher, and made a friendship with Jim Hunter Catfish, who would later go on to play for the New York Yankees.
Wayne served in the Army Reserves for two years. He later worked for Helen Curtis for 25 years as a sales manager and was a member of Kempsville Baptist Church in Va. Beach and a member of the Norfolk Moose Lodge #39. He was a long-time resident of the Kempsville area for over 44 years. Wayne was always an avid sports fan, golfer, and a “people person.” His legacy will be most cherished by those he cared about as “an encourager,” and he will be dearly missed.
Wayne is survived by two sons, Gregory James Emminizer and Jason Wayne Emminizer and his wife Mary Luton Emminizer; grandson Hunter J. Emminizer; and a sister Kay Galloway.
The visitation will be held at Altmeyer Funeral Home, 5792 Greenwich Road, VA. Beach on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. A Celebration of Life service will be held on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 11:00am at Kempsville Baptist Church, VA. Beach with Dr. Kelly Burris officiating. Burial will follow in Woodlawn Memorial Gardens, Norfolk.
Altmeyer Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
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Larry Tynch
6 years ago

I went to school with Wayne here in Edenton. We were life time friends. He will be missed.
To all his family,my wife Betty and I share in your grief.
I remember he was a wonderful singer. He did a really good “love me tender”.
Larry Tynch

Suellen Hicks
6 years ago

I am so saddened to hear of the passing of Mr. Emminizer, he was always a great friendly neighbor, would always stop to talk to the kids as he walked his dog Scooter, later when I was older he would be found singing Karaoke with us, always laughing and smiling and of course singing to the ladies 🙂 He will be truly missed by all, I am glad to have known him. My heart goes out to Greg and Jason, family and friends I send my love.

Kay Brown
6 years ago

Wayne was a devoted friend to many including my parents. He visited them often and always cheered up everyone in the house. Warmest sympathy from the Brown Family

Sharon Pinkston
6 years ago

So many fond memories of Mr. Wayne! We will miss his smiling face in church Sunday mornings. God bless his sons, Jason and Greg! Our prayers are with you!

Beckie Postel Norway
6 years ago

I’m so sorry to hear this. Always a kind, sweet gentleman. You will be missed! Prayers are with Jason and Greg at this time.

Tony & Cathy Amburn
6 years ago

We first met Wayne and his family back in the 1960s when they moved in right next door. Quickly we became more than neighbors but friends. Having cookouts, watching over each other and so much more. He will be missed and we will always be here for Greg and Jason.

Tony & Cathy Amburn
6 years ago

My family first met Wayne and is family when the moved in to the Arrowhead area back in the 60s. Our families quickly grew close, having cookouts, watching out for each other and making life long friends. We will miss Wayne and always be there for Greg and Jason.

Dalton Weaver (Johnson City, TN)
6 years ago

I am so sadden to hear the loss of a very dear of mine. I wish I did not live so far away that I could be there to join in the celebration of his life and to be there with Jason and Greg. I had many memories going through my head the last few days of nearly 30 years of friendship. My heart aches but the smiles have outnumbered the tears. Rest In peace my old friend.

Robert and Doris Jolly. Family ministry Deacon.
6 years ago

Mr. Emminizer was one of the first persons to greet me when I first started going to Kempsville Baptist Church. Our prayers and sympathy are with the family.

Susan Orsargos
6 years ago

I will miss Wayne but will never be forgotten and will cherished he was a great friend and always put a smile on who ever he would cross paths with a man who loved to see other’s happy and loved to sing rest my friend you will be missed but never forgotten..!