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March 8, 2021
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Dr. E. Wayne Sloop, 78, of Lynchburg died Monday – March 8 – at Liberty Ridge Senior Living Center following several months of rapidly declining health.
Wayne was a dedicated and highly respected clinical psychologist who served the Lynchburg community for almost 50 years. He is survived by his wife Sharon Millard Sloop of Lynchburg, and his daughter Stephanie Sloop and her husband Larry Lohr of Liberty, NC; Grandson Jacob Sprinkle of Greensboro NC and sister Diane Trull of Charlotte NC.
A native of Mooresville, NC, Wayne attended one year at North Carolina State University before transferring to the bluer pastures of the University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill, where he received his bachelor’s degree in psychology with honors in 1965. He earned master’s and doctorate degrees in clinical psychology from Florida State University, graduating in 1969. But he remained a devoted UNC fan throughout his life.
After teaching assignments at Florida State, Winthrop College, and the University of West Virginia, Wayne came to Lynchburg in 1973 to join the staff at Lynchburg Training School and Hospital. He held several administrative positions at the facility before entering full-time private practice in 1978, specializing in psychological evaluations of children and adults and in behavior therapy with both groups. Wayne also conducted psychological evaluations for the Lynchburg, Amherst, Bedford, and Campbell County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Courts. He later began performing competency, sanity, pre-sentence and other evaluations for local adult courts.
Wayne taught courses in mental health for a number of years at Lynchburg College (the University of Lynchburg), Sweet Briar College, and Randolph-Macon (Randolph College).
He served on the board of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Virginia for more than 30 years, including several terms as the organization’s president. He also was a long time member of the Lynchburg Exchange Club.
Wayne was known for his infectious laugh, strong political views, love of golf, and unfaltering commitment to UNC sports – no matter how well or badly the Tar Heels were playing. He was a member of the Rams Club at UNC for more than four decades and attended 37 annual ACC basketball tournaments in a row before missing his first one in 2019. He also made several trips to Hawaii with family and friends to watch the Tar Heel basketball team play in the Maui Classic.
Always gregarious, Wayne was notorious for starting conversations with people he’d never met in restaurants, convenience stores, and at sporting events. He will be sorely missed by his family, friends and colleagues in Lynchburg and elsewhere, and by all those who had the opportunity to know him.
The family will hold a private memorial service at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you consider a donation to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Virginia.
Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Lynchburg, is assisting the family.