Clyde Newkirk Wayne Jr.

November 5, 1947January 7, 2019

On Monday, January 7, 2019, C.N. "Kirk" Wayne, Jr. passed away peacefully at his home in Vienna, VA at the age of 71 following a series of complicated health issues.

He is survived by his loving wife of 43 years, formerly Linda Kay High of Gaston, NC and his devoted furry pal Baxter; one aunt, Geraldine Burns Becker of Whiteville, NC; two nephews, Bo Bissett of Taiwan and William Bissett of Charlotte, NC. He was preceded in death by his father, Clyde Newkirk Wayne, Sr. of Whiteville, NC; his mother, Mary Burns Wayne of Whiteville, NC; and a brother, William Wright Wayne of Garner, NC. He also was a "second father" figure to Dominic Pichler of Munich, Germany and Ryan Bliss of Orlando, FL.

Kirk was born on November 5, 1947 in Whiteville, NC. He graduated from Whiteville High School in 1966 and Campbell University, Buies Creek, NC with a BS in Sociology in 1970.

Upon graduation, he went to work with Tobacco Associates in the Raleigh, NC Office as a Field Representative. In 1974, he and Linda were married and he began working directly with the export promotion programs promoting Flue Cured tobacco which would lead to visiting over 50 countries over the span of his career with Tobacco Associates. In 1975, he was promoted to the Washington Office where he was Assistant to the President and later Vice President. In 1979, he was elected President of Tobacco Associates until he retired in March 2017. During his career, he served on numerous Boards and Committees, including the US Agriculture Export Development Council, NC Tobacco Foundation, Tobacco Growers' Information Committee, Tobacco Tax Council, National Tobacco Tax Council and Agriculture Technical Advisory Committee for Trade in Tobacco appointed by the US Secretary of Agriculture.

Kirk is remembered by his friends and family as a kind, gentle and selfless person. Often, he paused before he spoke with a well thought out and carefully delivered conviction. He had a sterling sense of humor which endeared him to those who were privileged to be in his presence.

When not traveling for work, he loved being at home with his wife and furry companions, gardening, entertaining, being an accomplished grill master and reading suspense novels.

A visitation of friends and family is scheduled for Wednesday, January 30, 7-9 PM at the Murphy Funeral Home, 1102 West Broad Street, Falls Church, VA. Preceding will be a small reception 5-6:30 PM in his home for family and out of town guests. In the spring, date to be determined, there will be a Memorial Service at the First Baptist Church, Whiteville, NC, his boyhood church where he had a 15 year perfect attendance record. Following there will be a reception for family, high school friends and his colleagues in the tobacco industry to celebrate his life.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Boy and Girls Homes of NC, PO Box 127, Lake Waccamaw, NC 28450 or any charity of your choice.


  • Visitation Wednesday, January 30, 2019

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Andrey Rusev

January 28, 2019

Thinking of you and wishing you peace and comfort as you remember Mr. Kirk Wayne

Karin and Hartmut Pichler

January 16, 2019

Kirk was a wonderful, perfect father figure for our son Dominic. We met more than 10 years ago. This is the origin of our American - German family.

Countless, many beautiful lasting memories connect us with Kirk. Only two of them as an example.
During a visit to Germany we stood in the evening with Linda, Kirk, Dominic and friends around a fire pit. Kirk disappeared with Dominic for a short time and came back with a tray full of surprise eggs. He beamed as he squeezed each of us with an egg. He became a child again - they were banned in the US.
Kirk was a very seasoned grill master. We especially like his legendary "Kirkburger". Requirements were the very best meat and all burgers had to be the same size. They looked as if painted and were incomparably unique in their taste. All the burgers were handcrafted by Kirk. They were grilled by Kirk with absolute professionalism and dedication.

We will never forget our dear Kirk and keep him as a good friend in our memory and in our hearts. Just as Kirk will always keep a watchful eye on his cloud.

Memories are like many bright stars, comforting in the darkness of our grief.

In deep love Karin and Hartmut

Dominic und Kerstin Pichler Mayer

January 13, 2019

"Do you know why dogs smell each others butt? Because God took their own tail and attached it to a different dog. So dogs are always looking for their original tail."

This was one of many jokes Kirk always told and with that he just brought so much joy and happiness in our lives. But Kirk was not only a happiness giver. He was also a great teacher and father figure. He would share his wisdom with his loved ones. He taught me how to properly grill, even though I could never accomplish the grill master level he was at. No way nor speed limit could stop him from attending one of my soccer games even though he had to go back to driver school. That is one of many examples of Kirks selfless acts. He would always do whatever it takes to be with his or bring joy to his loved ones. He and his loving wife Linda would always offer a warm, loving and welcoming home to come back to and experience awesome memories.
Even though Kirk was always joking you were also able to have deep and sincere conversations about different topics with him.
No words can express the gap that he leaves in our lives but also no words can describe how precious and remembered he will always stay for us in our hearts.

In remembering Kirk, we would also like to thank Linda for taking such good care of him and always supporting him.

Having so many more memories that can't be expressed in words, let´s raise a glass of red wine to one of the most unique, kind, gentle, loving and special persons, to Kirk.

We will always love you!

Gerri White

January 9, 2019

Kirk was my cousin. I have very fond childhood memories of him with his ponies at their home in Brunswick and how he would run and jump on his pony, Silver, Lone Ranger style. He would also take us younger ones on rides on the pony cart. Also, at Lake Waccamaw, Kirk let me drive the boat for the first time. I cried tears of joy, it made me so happy. Kirk was very patient and kind with us younger cousins and I will always remember his fun loving antics. Rest In Peace, Kirk. You will always be remembered and loved.