Emily Troxell Pepper

July 25, 1941November 19, 2021

Emily died November 19, 2021, at home.

Emily was born and raised in Ashland, Va. and graduated from Henry Clay High School in 1958. She also attended Randolph-Macon College and graduated from Mary Baldwin College in 1962.

Emily was predeceased by her husband, Newit Pepper; her parents, Bill and Christine Troxell; and stepdaughter, Sherry Roby. She is survived by her children, Jack Pepper (Lia); Ann Shoemaker (John); granddaughter, Christine Adams; son-in-law, Jim Roby; sisters, Shearer Luck (Jack), Elizabeth Jones; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Emily worked for the CIA as an Intelligence Analyst when she met Newit. They moved to Newport News, where she worked as a secretary for Newport News Public Schools. She later returned to her hometown of Ashland to be closer to her friends and family. She enjoyed playing bridge, eating out, going to church and helping others. Emily is loved by many for her compassion, kindness and faith in God. She maintained strength and dignity as she battled kidney failure for over four years.

Her service will be held Saturday, November 27 at 11 a.m. at Ashland Presbyterian Church, 401 Virginia Street, Ashland, Va. 23005. Masks are required. Inurnment will be later at Peninsula Memorial Park, where she will be laid to rest next to her husband.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Ashland Presbyterian Church, 401 Virginia St., Ashland Va. 23005.

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Anthony Witherspoon

November 27, 2021

I am saddened to learn of Mrs. Pepper’s passing. I will cherish fond memories of her from our time at Carver Elementary School and how she cared for my daughters. I am praying for the comfort of her family.

Tommie Faulkner-Peake

November 24, 2021

Ann, I am sooo sorry to hear of the loss of your sweet mother. She was beautiful inside as well as outside. I know you miss her tremendously as well as many others. Just remember all the fun and good times you had as a family and that will help you get through this time of grief. Emily and I had some real good and happy times. Time will help ease the pain and loss, but our Lord will get you through these times, He is sooo faithful! I pray He will put His loving arms around you and give you the peace and calmness you need at this time.
Love you,
Tommie Faulkner-Peake

Dottie Ellis (Tidwell)

November 24, 2021

Ann and Christine I am sorry for your loss and I will keep everyone in my prayers

Constance Heatwole

November 23, 2021

Dear Ann, I am sad with you that your mother is gone. Just remember she only changed her address and moved HOME.

Donna Pultz

November 23, 2021

It was my privilege to call Emily Pepper my friend. We worked together at Carver Elementary School in Newport News for 9 years. Emily was always among the first people at school and the last to leave at night. Many days, we were the only people working in the building, trying to prepare for a new school year or wrapping up the end of one. I could always depend on Emily to support me and the mission of the school. Emily loved the children of Carver and the Carver Staff.

We both retired in 2001 and continued our friendship. We enjoyed playing bridge once a month until she moved to Ashland. There was never a birthday or other special event that Emily neglected to send my husband and me a card or note. She was kind, thoughtful and loyal to her friends. The world will be a sadder place without her.

God Bless Emily.

Maureen Archer

November 22, 2021

Emily was always a gracious and eager host when we would visit her in Ashland. Our daughter Evelyn attended R-MC for several years, so we would visit Emily often when we were in town. She introduced us to some of her favorite Ashland restaurants, and she would tell us about the history of her beloved town. We greatly enjoyed getting to know her, and like all reading this message, we will miss her dearly.

Pat Dunn

November 21, 2021

You never saw Emily with out her contagious smile. She was also famous for always bringing a large amount of her brownies to our Ashland Presbyterian "work days" when we cleaned up the grounds and building. She helped keep a whole lot of us going. A great lady who all of us will miss.

Delores Dunn

November 20, 2021

Emily was a good friend who I knew as we both attended Ashland Presbyter Church.
However, it was only after we moved back to Arlington Square over 3 years ago that we became good friends.
It was a pleasure to sit in her living room, as we both had time in our schedules, and talk about a variety of topics. It was particularly meaningful to hear about her life here so many years ago. I cannot count all the folks I have met who knew her during that time— all spoke of her with respect and great admiration .
When dealing with committee work at church there was never any doubt that Emily would step up if food was needed for a charity event or church social. Her cookies were particularly noticed!

My friend will be missed for an abundance of reasons!
Delores Dalton Dunn