Talmadge Franklin (Tal) Broughton, 81, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, July 13, 2016 after battling progressive Alzheimer’s for more than ten years.
He is survived by a loving family including his wife of 59 years, Mary Virginia Broughton; two sons, Mark Talmadge Broughton and Bradley Powell Broughton; twelve grandchildren, Aaron, David, Paige Rosekopf, Peter, Elizabeth Oller, Mary, Julia, Rachel, Rebekah, Samuel, Hannah, and Abigail; and by three great-granddaughters, Claire, Kate, and Megan. He is also survived by his brother, Kirby Broughton of Greensboro, N.C.
Tal accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior during his college years at Davidson College where he earned a scholarship to play football. While his life included many accomplishments, none were greater than living to honor his Lord and consistently loving his family.
He proudly served in the United States Marine Corps and received exceptional care by the loving staff at the Virginia Veterans Care Center in Roanoke during his declining years.
Tal was the Founder and CEO of SATCOM for 40 years, a successful software company headquartered in Virginia Beach, where he shared operational responsibilities with his two sons for more than 20 years.
Tal was also known to be a kind-hearted man with a refreshing personality and an engaging smile. People of all ages and walks of life enjoyed his company.
He was recognized as a leader in the community, in business, and in his church, so his plate often overflowed with responsibilities. But he always seemed to do them well Chairman for the Hampton Roads’ Billy Graham Crusade; Chairman for the Hampton Roads’ Bill Gothard Institute in Basic Life Principles; Chairman of multiple church building committees; and Hampton Roads’ Investment Liaison for State of Israel Bonds.
But despite his busy schedule, Tal always seemed to find time to be with his family and show them love, taking many trips throughout the country with his grandchildren prior to his declining illness.
Tal and his wife Mary Virginia were longtime residents of Virginia Beach, but moved to the Daleville area of Roanoke in 2003.
His public memorial service will be at 7 p.m. held, Saturday, July 16, 2016 at Faith Alliance Church located at 7505 Barrens Road, Roanoke, Va. 24019.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Missions to Military (2221 Centerville Turnpike, Virginia Beach, Va. 23464, 757-479-2288), or Samaritan’s Purse International Relief at https://www.samaritanspurse.org Arrangements by Simpson Funeral Home, 540-366-0707.
“In hope of eternal life, which God, who cannot lie, promised before the world began” Titus 1:2
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