Friday, March 1, 2024

Milton “Wayne” Beverly, 75, of Toano

Milton “Wayne” Beverly (Vincent Funeral Home)

Milton “Wayne” Beverly was born on January 20, 1948, in Newport News and passed away at his home on the Chickahominy River in Lanexa on November 17, 2023. He was surrounded by his family and close friends.

Wayne was the second child of Milton and Doris Beverly, both of whom predeceased him. He is survived by his sister Barbara Senn. He shared his love and life for 24 years with his fiance Donna Tighe. He also leaves behind many very special family, friends and cousins.

No traditional obituary could capture his humor, fun and colorful personality but here are a few snippets remembered from his life. Wayne grew up in Lee Hall and graduated from Ferguson High School. His first work experience began at Colonial Williamsburg under his father’s watchful eye. He then headed to Richmond to study business and accounting at Smithdeal-Massey Business College. He obtained his entrepreneurial drive while working at Craigie Inc. Investment Services in Richmond. In 1983 he started Pop’s Marine in Toano. He was instrumental in growing the local boater/fishermen community through his retirement in 2010.

Wayne loved spending time on the river and the bay in his boat “Reelaxin” fishing for Rockfish and Cobia. He always enjoyed his fishing trips to the Bahamas, Florida and the Northern Neck in search of the next big catch. Wayne always said, “a bad fishing day is better than a good day at work.” He had great times cruising up the Chesapeake Bay each summer and holiday trips to the Caribbean. He enjoyed tinkering with old cars, going to car shows, watching college sports, old cowboy movies and even working in the yard. Prior to two rotator cuff surgeries, he spent weekends golfing.

It may have been his eight years in the Army Reserves or his days at Jordan Point Marina that cultivated his joke and story-telling skills. He always had people talking and laughing at Taylor’s Marina to the extent that he became known as the Mayor of Lanexa. He and Donna spent most Friday nights during the summer there with friends. Wayne’s humor was unparalleled. It didn’t matter if he was with friends or strangers, he was able to make people laugh.

He will be deeply missed. His storytelling and jokes will always be remembered.

Gifts in memory of Wayne can be made to the Leukemia Lymphoma Society, LLS Donor Services, PO Box 22324, New York, NY 10087 or the American Cancer Society, PO Box 6704, Hagerstown, MD 21741 to help save lives.

A celebration of life will follow in the spring.

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