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Date published: 4/3/2013

Shelvy J. Pauley

Shelvy Jean Smith Pauley, 74, wife of Gene Fredrick Pauley of North Wilkesboro, N.C., died Sunday, March 31, 2013, at Wilkes Regional Medical Center.

Mrs. Pauley was born in Richmond on June 26, 1938, to Edwin J. and Geneva Durrett Smith. She was an active member of Ferry Farm Baptist Church. She graduated from Spotsylvania High School and received her business degree in Richmond. She was employed as a legal secretary for 41 years at Willis & Garnett Law Firm.

She married Gene F. Pauley in 1968, and they resided in Fredericksburg. Mrs. Pauley loved to read, paint and sing in the church choir.

In addition to her husband of 45 years, Mrs. Pauley is survived by cousins Allen Durrett and Debby Holt of Bowling Green; brother-in-law Arthur J. Thompson; and sisters-in-law Ginny Pauley and Jackie Pauley Burns. She is also survived by nephews Frank, James, Alex, Benson, David and Timothy Pauley; and nieces Lee Ann Bowling, Gail Buttrick and Anita Pauley. Shelvy leaves behind a host of longtime church family and friends, especially longtime childhood friend Mary Ellen Swisher of Bowling Green, and neighbors.

A funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, April 5, at Ferry Farm Baptist Church in Fredericksburg, with the Rev. Paige Young officiating. Burial will be in Sunset Memorial Gardens in Fredericksburg. The family will receive friends Friday at Ferry Farm Baptist Church from 1 p.m. until the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 4-A Oak Branch Drive, Greensboro, N.C. 27407.

Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home in North Wilkesboro, N.C., is in charge of arrangements.

Online condolences may be made at reinssturdivant.com.