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Emily Jane Pauls, 61, of Poquoson, Va., passed from this life on July 23, 2016.
She was born Oct. 25, 1954, in Martin County, N.C., where she lived before finally coming home to Poquoson, Va., where she resided for the last 13 years of her life.
Emily was a true North Carolinian, with strong ties to the Albemarle Sound. Her passions in life were her family, the beach, fishing, motorcycling and reading. If the fish were biting, she had a pole in her hand and a line in the water. One of her favorite memories was of fishing with her father in Gardner’s Creek and the “Gut.”
She lived in many areas during her life before ending up in Poquoson, Va., where she said she finally had the home she was looking for. Emily was fortunate enough, as a Navy wife, with her former husband, Troy Hedgepeth, to have spent time on the island of Guam, and she longed to return to visit the Pacific paradise.
Emily enjoyed time with her grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her son, Jason James Stafford; father, James E. Holliday; and sister, Susan Hardison.
She is survived by her husband, W.R. Pauls III of Poquoson, Va.; son, Jesse Hedgepeth (April) of Portsmouth, Va.; mother, Naomi Glynn Holliday of Jamesville, N.C.; stepsons, W.R. Pauls IV (Crystal) of Newport News, Va., and P.J. Pauls (Sarah) of Hampton, Va.; brother, Dennis Holliday and Jackie Knobles of Jamesville, N.C.; sisters, Sharon Arnold (Bill) of Pea Ridge, N.C., Hope Holliday of Wake Forrest, N.C., and Angela Clark (Bobby) of Washington County, N.C.; and eight grandchildren, Jacob and Hannah Strong, Kaylah Hedgepeth, and Quinn, Kyle, Colby, Will, and Jaiden of the Pauls family.
A memorial service, led by Pastor Daniel Strong, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 30, 2016, at Claytor Rollins Funeral Home, 836 Poquoson Ave., Poquoson, Va. Visitation with the family will follow at 3 Key Oak Drive, Poquoson, Va.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be sent in honor of Emily to Kindred Hearts Transport Connection, P. O. Box 514, Sorrento, FL 32776.
Online condolences may be offered at claytorrollins.com.