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. 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 him 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.
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Published in Daily Press on Apr. 2, 2013