PEPPER, Emily Troxell, 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.
Published by Richmond Times-Dispatch on Nov. 24, 2021.
We were so sorry to hear of Emily's passing. I worked with Newit at NNS in the 1970s and we had been her friends again in recent yers, visiting her for Train Day in Ashland every November. She was such a sweet, kind and beautiful person. We will miss her very much.
Bill and Mary Fox
November 28, 2021
So sorry to hear about your loss. You know that God and Jesus are in the best position to comfort us when we lose a loved one in death.
November 25, 2021
Ann & Jack,
So sorry to hear of your moms passing. You probably don´t remember me, but I used to baby sit the two of you when your parents lived in Glendale! I remember your Mother and Father fondly, as the two of them were both wonderful people and great to be around. Take care!
Carolyn A. Kelly (Hull)
November 25, 2021
We are saddened by the news of Emily's passing. She will always be in our thoughts and prayers. Norma & John