Zachary E. Story

October 27, 1988 - December 11, 2011

10/27/1988 - 12/11/2011

Past Services

Friday December 16, 2011
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Friday December 16, 2011
3:30 pm

Zachary E. Story, 23, passed away Sunday, December 11, 2011. Zack was the youngest of Douglas and Paula Story’s two loving sons. He is survived by his parents, his older brother Matt, his sister-in law Allison and his niece Savannah. He was an avid soccer player. He enjoyed water sports and any other activities that provided that “200 mph with his hair on fire and hell raising thrill” type of attitude.

Left to cherish his memory are his loving grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, girlfriend and countless friends.

The family will receive friends at Altmeyer Funeral Home, 929 S. Battlefield Blvd., Chesapeake, VA 23322 on Friday from 1:30 pm until 3:30 pm with a celebration of Zachary’s life immediately following. In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made to the “Zack Story Memorial Fund” at any Bank of Hampton Roads or Gateway Bank and Trust locations. They can also be made at Altmeyer Funeral Home. Condolences may be expressed to the family at

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Lisa and Dana Heatherington
8 years ago

Because you two were such wonderful and adoring parents, we can rest assured that Zach is in the hands of our Father. He had a great life here with an awesome family. Thank God that we have the promise of seeing him on the other side. We will continue to lift you up in prayers and will always remember the sweet boy that he was.

8 years ago

Dear Doug & Paula,

My thoughts and prayers go out to your during this very difficult time. Words can’t express my heartfelt sympathy to you and your family.


Mick & Lee Achor
8 years ago

Dearest Paula, Doug, Matt and family:

Our hearts broke when we heard the news. Our youngest son and Zach are the same age – could not believe what had happened. May God’s peace and love wrap around you and hold you tight through this trying time. As you said, Zach is looking down and watching over you now.

Love to all,

Mick and Lee

Heather Tripp
8 years ago

Deepest sympathy to the family. Love you all.

Donna Kendrick
8 years ago

Doug and Paula…we were so very sorry to hear about Zach…our hearts break for you. You are in our every thought and prayer….Love Dale and Donna Kendrick

Randy Debbie Randy jr. Savannah Sydney
8 years ago

Doug Paula Matt Our hearts are broken our prayers all with you all it seems so often anymore our children well our angels are taken from us to soon randy jr. and i was just talking yesterday and the fun they had wakeboarding when u guys were here he will be so deeply missed We are here for anything u need

Earl, Erin, Abigail, Addison & Anderson Calkins
8 years ago

Doug, Paula & Matt-

We are so truly sorry for your loss. Although brief, we’re glad we had the opportunity to meet Zach. Remember his exuberance for life. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time.

Steve Story
8 years ago

Doug, Paula & Matt,

Vicki and I share your loss of Zach. We will all miss him very much. Have no doubt that we will all find both comfort and laughter in our sharing the fond memories of him. Steve & Vicki

Kendra Woodard
8 years ago

Doug, Paula and Matt, I am very sorry for your loss of your beloved son and brother Zach. My heart breaks for your family. I will keep you in my prayers. Kendra

John & Denise Layden W/ Pat wood
8 years ago

Doug, Paula and Matt;

Having just lost my father we can almost relate to the feelings you are having at this time. Please find comfort in knowing the great things that Zach has done in his life here. He was a great young man always willing to help or just talk. we are so proud to have known Zach and the rest of his family. Zachary will always be remembered! Our hearts and best wishes go out to you all! We are here for you if you need anything.

Tracy Mason
8 years ago

Doug,Paula,Matt & Allison,

I just want you to know that Zach touched my heart and my family the first time I ever met him. He had that special SMILE and a twinkle in his eyes that just welcomed you.

He brought laughter to my family, smiles and great times. He was a true country boy with such good manners.

I can see him right now sitting at my counter with his face turning beet red from me joking him and Ashley. Then he would turn the joke right back on me! He would let you play but he was going to have the last word!

You know we are here if you need anything. Zack will always be with us no matter what. He is a shining STAR just like everything he ever did.

Try to stay strong but cry when you need to cry! You are loved by so many dear friends.

God Bless!


A.J. Leary
8 years ago

Hi..I am Bryan Leary’s Dad A.J…I remember the first day meeting Zach..Big Red truck! He really liked that truck..Just with the little time talking with him..I really liked Zach..he is a really Good Kid! One of Bryan’s close friends ..He is really going to be Missed..If thier is anything we can do for YOU…Please Let Bryan Leary Know..Urr in my Prayers!!!!

8 years ago

I am so sorry to hear about Zack. A well mannered/polite young man anytime he was over to our house. My deepest Sympathy to the family. May god bless u at this time. Amber Phelps Family

Betsy Patterson
8 years ago

I’ll still see you as you always were — a unique, intelligent, thoughtful, courageous young man.

Stacey Robinson
8 years ago

Mr. & Mrs. Story & family…,

I can not find the words that will explain just how sorry I am for your loss. Zack will truly be missed by all that met him. Please know that you are on my mind & in my heart!


Patrick Parker
8 years ago

Mr. & Mrs. Story..I didn’t know Zack but I know a lot of people who did and from the tears and concerns I have seen from them,it tells me alot about your son. Even though he was with you for a short time,he had touched a lot of lives and was loved by so many, that tells me what a wonderful person he was. Be proud, you taught him well. Now the meaning of ” Angels Among Us ” has a new meaning to you, for Zack will always be among us. God Bless you and your family.

Patrick Parker

Linda Williams
8 years ago

My heart goes out to you Marie and all the family at this sad time. Love, Linda

Jennifer Hudgins
8 years ago

My thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Story family, to you Cece, and the countless number of friends who will gather today to say there goodbyes. Zach was a great person and will never be forgotten and was loved and admired by so many <3 rip Zach <3

Cathy Collins
8 years ago

Paul, Doug, and Matt, I am so deeply hurt and sad at the loss of our dear Zach. I see his face everywhere I look and that beautiful heartwarming smile. It is unabearable to think of never seeing that smile or hearng that wonderful laugh that brightened every room and every person he came in contact with!!! I love you all and am here for you for whatever you might need. I love you my dear sweet Zack and miss you more than words can express!!! I know you are in peace and I will see you again some day!! Oh what a smile and laugh we will share!!! Love you my ZACK ATTACK!!! Aunt Cathy

Danette Struzzieri
8 years ago


I am so sorry for your loss.

Danette Struzzieri

Marilyn Shaw
8 years ago

Paula & Family – My deepest sympathy to all of you on the loss of your precious Zach. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Love You, Marilyn

Charlie, Theresa and Jean
8 years ago

Paula and family,

Our prayers and thoughts are with you during this sad and difficult time.

I know the love you have for your boys as we have talked so many times about them.

We are saddend by your loss

God Bless,

Charlie, Theresa & Jean

Debbie O'Neal
8 years ago

Paula and family,

You are definitely in my thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time. Having two sons and one named Zachary myself, I cannot even begin to imagine what you are going through. Take care and know that your USF family is thinking of you.

Lydia Moree
8 years ago

Paula and Family,

I am sorry for the loss of your son,but joyfull that he is in heaven.Remember Zach will always be around in the wonderful memories you shared with him.I will keep you in my prayers..God Bless

Lydia Moree-Former employee US Food Service.

Jean Spruill Howell
8 years ago

Paula and family,

I am a Spruill Marshall Spruill’s daughter relative from Roper, NC. So very sorry to hear of the loss of your son, Zachary. May God give you the courage and strength that you need at this a very difficult time.

Faith Dyer
8 years ago

Paula, I was shocked to hear about your son Zack. Please accept my heartfelt condolence on your loss. Time will heal some things,but as a mother I know you will never forget and will always ask “why”. God bless you and your family during this time of sorrow.

Faith Dyer

8 years ago

Paula, Matt,& family,

God knows he has a good ol’ country boy with a heart of gold home with him. My prayers and sympathy are with you as you mourn the ‘too early passing’ of your son. Your family is special to the Beasley family and we will continue to lift you up in our prayers. Cherish the wonderful memories of Zach and his zeal for living life to the fullest. Thinking of you with a heavy heart. Wanda, BJ, Benjamin & Tara

Carl Meinhardt
8 years ago

Paula, Our deepest sympathies for your loss. Know that Sharon and I are thinking of you during this trying time. You and your family are in our prayers.


Bart Hanig
8 years ago

Please accept our condolences on the lose of Zachary.

Bart & Helen Hanig

Dr. Shanan & Jerry Moots
8 years ago

Shanan and I just wanted to extend our condolences to you and your family at this very sad time.

Our son Justin and Zack were the best of friends and we were keepers of the wild bunch more than once at our home in Moyock when the guys were able to get together to blow off some steam.

Zack will be a great lost to Justin and missed by our family. He was always a gentalmen when in our presence and our home. If there is anything we can help with in any way please contact Justin so he could let us know. Please know that our hearts go out to you and the family. Our memories of Zack will always be hearing the boys joking on each other and launghing when at our home.

God bless,

Shanan and Jerry Moots


Zack please watch over Justin from heaven son!

Joanne Turman
8 years ago

Sorry our family can not be with you all to share in the celebration of Zack’s life as we will be picking Sarah up from college and heading to SC to visit family.Just know that our hearts are with you all in spirit.

We love you! Joanne and David

June Tripp Harrison
8 years ago

Storyland Family… I do not even know how or where to begin with the sadness I feel inside of this most precious loss of yours. It goes without saying how much Zack means to me and how much I love him and love all of you. We are family in all definition of the word. Zack was so darn ornery and stole my heart immediately when we became neighbors. So many happy memories. And a few where I had to disapline him and he just knew when you got home from work.. I would be the one in trouble!! LOL. He followed Jerald around and he didnt see the difference in years.. he just loved to hang with my son. I think there is a permanent worn path between our homes on Glendale Ave. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers and am a phone call away any time of the day or nite.. just pick up the phone. It is breaking my heart that I cannot be there physically for you. Love Miss June

Charlie,Marylou,Stefan & Holden Vaughan
8 years ago

We where so blessed that Zack touched ours lives Thank you so much for that. You & your entire family are in our hearts & prayers.

Love, The Vaughan’s

Jessica Hurlburt
8 years ago

Words can not express my feelings. Zack was a handsome, adventurous young man. I remember comming over and playing when I was real young we still lived in VA thenHe will be missed greatly!