Definitely Cherrylaurels - as Iochroma notes.
This is quite the ubiquitous broadleaf evergreen shrub in places as warm as Virginia. I'd cut out the dead wood parts, provide a balanced fertilizer, and then get out of the way. These usually have no trouble at all growing where you garden.
If they don't grow out of the malaise this year, I'd replace the lot of them with something you like better. As you dig them out, note soil conditions so that what you choose matches well with the site they will have to live in.