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04/02/13 - NNHS Newsletter - Wayne Begor

Wayne Edward Begor
(11 Jan 1931 - 29 Mar 2013)

Newport News High School Class of 1950

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
 
 We have another sad edition of the NNHS Newsletter this Tuesday.    Wayne Begor, Class of 1950, passed away at Duke University Hospital on Friday, March 29, 2013 at the age of 82.

http://www.nnhs65.com/begors.html


From the Daily Press - 04/02/13:

          Wayne Edward Begor
   

 

 
    NEWPORT NEWS - "This tribute was written with love and admiration by the grandchildren of Wayne Edward Begor."

Wayne Edward Begor, 82, of Newport News, Va., passed away on March 29, 2013 at Duke University Hospital.

He was preceded in death by his father, William Edward Begor, mother, Belva Bernice Callis Begor, and brother, Wilton Page Begor.

He is survived by his wife of over 60 years, Phyllis Stortz Begor; daughters, Sheree Begor Browning and son-in-law John Roscoe Browning, Danni Begor Grecco Marshall and son-in-law Rickie Glenn Marshall; along with grandchildren, John Adam Browning, Brandon Edward Grecco, and Laura Browning Grant and her husband Jonathan Neal Grant.

Born January 11, 1931 in Newport News, Va., Wayne was a member of the graduating class of 1950 from Newport News High School.

 
Wayne Begor
 
 
  The legend of "Swivel Hips" Begor was sealed on Thanksgiving Day in 1949 when Newport News defeated arch-rival, Hampton, 6-0 thanks to the four leaf clover in Wayne's shoe, given to him by his future wife, cheerleader Phyllis Stortz.

Wayne attended Randolph Macon College from 1950 through 1951 playing baseball and football. From 1952 to 1955 Wayne attended the College of William and Mary where he played baseball and earned All-Southern Conference honors in 1955. Wayne graduated from the College of William and Mary with a Bachelor's of Science in 1953 and Masters of Education in 1955.

Wayne served in the United States Marine Corps reserves and the United States Army between 1950 and 1962.

Once his playing days were over, Wayne turned his focus to the development of young people in the Newport News Public School System. His career began in 1957 coaching football, golf and wrestling at Warwick Junior High and Ferguson High School. While at Ferguson he also served as the physical education teacher, guidance counselor, and assistant principal. In 1974 Wayne created the position of Director of Athletics for NNPS and held that position until his retirement in 1991.

Wayne enjoyed spending time at home with his wife, Phyllis, at their home in Williamsburg. He also had a passion for playing golf and tennis with his friends and on Sunday afternoons in the fall he could be found in front of his television passionately cheering on his "Confounded Redskins!"

Despite all of the athletic accomplishments and accolades, he would be quick to point out that his single greatest achievement in life was his family. Affectionately known as "Papa" by his grandchildren, nothing made him happier than to watch them excel at whatever they did. You could always count on his being at a football game, baseball game, cheerleading competition or golf tournament to cheer them on. No event was too small and no distance was too great when it came to supporting his grandchildren. His family will be his greatest legacy.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Thursday, April 4 at 2 p.m. at Peninsula Funeral Home and graveside service will follow. The family will receive friends at Peninsula Funeral home Wednesday, April 3 from 6 to 7:30 pm.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Wayne E. Begor Scholarship Fund at The Peninsula Sports Club Foundation, PO Box 459, Newport News, VA 23067 or The Epilepsy Foundation at 8301 Professional Dr., Landover, MD 20785. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at dailypress.com/guestbooks.

Published in the Daily Press on April 2, 2013.

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April 02, 2013
 

April 02, 2013

 I am sorry to learn of Coach Begor's passing. He was my gym coach at Ferguson High School in 1963; I've not seen him since. Prayers to his family and friends in this most difficult of times.

~ Unsigned
 


April 02, 2013

I grew up with the Begor family. Begor's Florist was next to my mom's tailor shop. Wayne was a special person. He had that calmness and certainty about him. He always had time for you and made you feel good. He was the type of person that will always be needed. My deepest regards to the family.

April 02, 2013

My thoughts are with the entire Begor family. Having just lost my father Gary Silvey, I know the hurt you are going through. My father thought very highly of Wayne, and credited him for getting his start in the NNPS.

~ Brian Silvey, Russellville, Kentucky
 

April 02, 2013

Phyllis and Family: I was deeply grieved to hear about the passing away of Wayne. My thoughts, prayers and love are with each of you. Wayne will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

~ Dianne Causby, Greensboro, North Carolina
 

April 02, 2013


April 02, 2013

I will always look on Coach Begor as an early father figure. I started playing football for the Coach in 1959 in Jr. High and continued through High School at Ferguson with football, wrestling and baseball. He even coached me in American Legion baseball. I learned so much more than sports techniques and I look back on those days, and Coach Begor, with fond memories. He will always be in my memory and he will be missed!!
 


April 02, 2013

Wayne was a coworker at Ferguson High School in the early 70's. He was a good person who left a lasting impression on the students and teachers at the school. He was a pioneer in the athletic directors position in the Commonwealth of Virginia. R.I.P.

~ Charles and Carolyn Miller, Apex, North Carolina
 


April 02, 2013 

Coach Begor was a class act, and I remember back in the sixties at Ferguson he loved sports and so did I. I will always remember him, and I'm sorry for your loss.

~ Coke Henderson, Newport News, Virginia
 

April 02, 2013 

Phyllis, Sheree, Danni, Brandon, Adam, and Laura... I am saddened to learn of Wayne's passing. All of you are in my thoughts and prayers. Love you!!!

April 02, 2013 

We remember Coach Begor fondly from Ferguson High School, class of '64, and sorry to hear of his passing. Loosing our loved ones is the hardest things of all.

~ Edward and Barbara Beverage Magilley

April 02, 2013 

Phyllis, Sheree, Danni, Brandon, Adam, and Laura... I am saddened to learn of Wayne's passing. All of you are in my thoughts and prayers. Love you!!!
 
 

April 02, 2013 

We remember Coach Begor fondly from Ferguson High School, class of '64, and sorry to hear of his passing. Loosing our loved ones is the hardest things of all.

~ Edward and Barbara Beverage Magilley
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April 02, 2013 

Fond memories of Coach Begor during the days at Ferguson, Class of '70 !!!

~ Jamie Jones, Norfolk,
Virginia
 

April 02, 2013 

My sincere and deepest condolences!
I have so many fond memories of my athletic interactions with Wayne! He was one of our football Commissioners (PFOA). I am proud to call him friend!

~ CHARLES (Mick) MIKULA, WILLIAMSBURG, Virginia
 

April 02, 2013 

He was an outstanding coach and friend, I remember going from JV to varsity in '68 when we beat NN and the farmers. We had a great football team with Dabbs, Bunn, Hardaway, Sands, Demarea, Williamson, and many more. Rip, Wayne.
 
 

April 02, 2013 

What a friend!!! We loved Wayne dearly and remember our fun AD Convention trips with him and Phyllis and special lunch times while we all lived in Wake Forest, NC. Sweet memories...We send our love and heartfelt sympathy to you, Phyllis, and family. Anne and Jim Ryan
 
 

April 02, 2013 

PHYLLIS & FAMILY, MY MEMORIES OF ONE WAYNE BEGOR ARE MANY. FIRSTLY, HE WAS MY WRESTLING COACH IN THE MID 60S AND DID NOT KNOW A THING ABOUT THE SPORT, BUT IN SPITE OF THAT, HE MADE ME A DISTRICT CHAMP IN BOTH '64 & '65. THEN YEARS AFTER, HE BECAME A TRUE FRIEND DURING OUR TENNIS PLAYING DAYS AND THEN I LOST TOUCH LIKE SO MANY DO IN LIFE. HE WAS TRULY ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE WHOM YOU CHERISH HAVING HAD IN YOUR LIFE, HOWEVER FLEETING. BEST WISHES, MARK.

~ Unsigned

 

April 02, 2013 

Coach Begor recommended me for my first job at The Young Shop. He saw in me something I did not see. I enjoyed my position very much and appreciate the life altering direction he lead me to.

~ Unsigned


April 03, 2013

I HAD COACH BEGOR AT FERGUSON HIGH AS AS GYM COACH BACK IN THE 60'S. HE WAS A GREAT GUY AND I REALLY ENJOYED BEING IN HIS CLASS. HE WAS A CLASS ACT AND WILL BE A TOUGH ACT TO FOLLOW. HE'LL BE MISSED. MY CONDOLENCES GO OUT TO HIS FAMILY.

~ JOHN COLE, Lanexa, Virginia
 

April 03, 2013

Graduated from Ferguson in 1967. Always consider Coach Begor as Mentor an example for all Coaches to emulate.
 
 

April 03, 2013

Dear Phyllis and family, Your grandchildren wrote a beautiful tribute to Wayne.  He was a gentle man  and a gentleman.  Maybe not so gentle as an opponent during our youthful days on the tennis courts at WYC!  But always a gentleman no matter the outcome.  We are so fortunate to have shared those fun times with you and Wayne and the laughter during some really funny tournaments with Art, Lou, Wayne and "Oh" Lyle.  Now we share the memories! Thinking of you, Jo and Art
 
 

April 03, 2013

Wayne Begor had a quiet leadership style that complemented his inner drive for excellence. He was at once demanding and compassionate with his players. He was deeply respected even in the lean years of 5-5 seasons and worse. He believed in me when others did not. He helped me matriculate to Randolph-Macon College where we had an undefeated season in 1968 and a bowl victory and Eastern Region NCAA College Division Championship in 1969. He inspired me to become an officer of Marines during Viet Nam, and later in life a high school teacher and Doctor of Philosophy. Along with my father and my priest he was my male role model. I applaud his worthy life among us, and wish his family well in their time of mourning.

FHS Class of '67.
 
 

April 03, 2013

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April 03, 2013

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   Our sincerest condolences are extended to Wayne's family and friends at this difficult time.


  Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol

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Words by John Newton, 1779
(24 July 1725 21 Dec 1807)
 

 Amazing grace! (how sweet the sound)
That sav'd a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found,
Was blind, but now I see.

'Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
And grace my fears reliev'd;
How precious did that grace appear,
The hour I first believ'd!

Thro' many dangers, toils and snares,
I have already come;
'Tis grace has brought me safe thus far,
And grace will lead me home.

The Lord has promis'd good to me,
His word my hope secures;
He will my shield and portion be,
As long as life endures.

Yes, when this flesh and heart shall fail,
And mortal life shall cease;
I shall possess, within the veil,
A life of joy and peace.

The earth shall soon dissolve like snow,
The sun forbear to shine;
But God, who call'd me here below,
Will be forever mine.


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