Torey Lavelle Lane was born to his faithful parents, Thomas Lane, Sr and Michone Elliott Lane on April 27, 1982 in Norfolk, VA. He was his father’s “Sweetpea” and his mother’s “Bundle of Joy” until his untimely death on Friday, September 3, 2021.
Torey learned to give and to love unconditionally from his parents and the loving family members of both his mother and father. He spent his youth active in Ebenezer Baptist Church participating in the youth choir, usher board and other church activities. He rededicated his life to Christ under the leadership of Reverend Terron Rodgers.
Torey began his early childhood and primary education at Gateway Christian School, Betty F. Williams Elementary, and later attended Bayside Jr. High School and Hickory High School. During the time of his death, he was employed at Hooters, Inc. as a member of the kitchen staff. Cooking was a passion that he genuinely loved. Like his Mother, Torey loved cooking for friends since he was a child. He was known for preparing food and giving away meals to his friends and young people in the neighborhood and like his father he was welcoming and hospitable.
Torey would often say that his greatest accomplishment was his children and he loved them as he had been loved. His daughter, Daziyah was truly his heart, and he was so very proud of her intellect, musical talent and her many other accomplishments. His young son, Kaptain was also a delight to him. Like Torey, he has a big smile, a warm spirit and a laugh that fills a room.
What you noticed when you met Torey was that he was charming, personable, and charismatic. People just gravitated to him. He was also loving, knowledgeable, and a great communicator, full of love that had no limits. Torey was an avid writer, and he was passionate about writing. At an early age he asked for a dictionary and a thesaurus which is where the true essence of his writing began. He wrote and wrote endlessly, so that at the time of his passing, Torey’s collection of writings surpassed 100 pieces. His adolescent years were all about writing music, making beats and rapping. As a millennial, he so identified with the “hip hop” culture and was able to express his thoughts and feelings, as well as the sentiments of his peers through it. He was gifted at his craft and many do not know he was well recognized. He was able to share and express his gifts with strangers and friends making them happy whenever he performed. Torey was also jokester who had a smile and bright eyes that reflected his kind and amazing fun-loving spirit.
Torey spent many days with his cousins whom he loved like brothers, making beats, rapping, singing, teasing, and joking. He also was able to go into deep conversations and reflections with aunts, uncles, many friends and others. His vocabulary was massive, and it did not take long for you to realize he was a deep thinker.
Torey cared deeply for others. His love was so big that many people didn’t understand it. His compassion for others was often misunderstood and challenged by the world’s response, yet he did not stop loving or caring. Torey kept pushing no matter what was thrown at him. His parents truly have the love of God and they never turned their backs on him, whatever was happening and even if he was not understood by others. Even following Torey’s passing his parents shared their love by comforting family and friends.
Most importantly, Torey loved the Lord and he identified with Jesus as the sacrificial lamb, so much that he had a sacrifice tattoo. We do not know what Torey said to God, but we do know his life personified how God looks at the heart. That was the source of Torey’s love and now Torey has been returned to God who loved him more.
Torey leaves to cherish his memories and remember his amazing spirit, his parents, Thomas and Michone Lane; children, Daziyah Lane and Kaptain Lane; siblings , Deneen Parker (Juan), Thomas Lane, Jr. (Shari), Bobby Lane,); and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews cousins, friends, many encouragers and supporters, Aubrey Elliott, Bonyetta Troutman, Chris, Cory Moore, Elijah Lane, Jayjay,Kelly Woods, Latosha Royster-Ghee, Miru Hale, Nicole Hawkins, Peter Lawrence, Robert, Shavonne, Tamara Wilkins, Tim ,Tranell Wilder, and many others.
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