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Paul Emmett Rawls

December 18, 1960 - September 22, 2019

Paul Emmett Rawls, age 58, was born on December 18, 1960 and died unexpectedly on Sunday, September 22, 2019.

He was born and raised in Scotland Neck, North Carolina. Paul graduated high school from Hobgood Academy, attended Louisburg Junior College and earned his BS in Biology from University of North Carolina, Pembroke.  He worked for the State of North Carolina in the Water Quality Division, Section Chief, retiring after 30 years of service.  Paul was a member of Fayetteville Christian Church and enjoyed hunting, fishing, and spending time with his grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James Wendell Rawls and Ruby Price Rawls.

Paul was married to Lori Edgerly Rawls for 35 years and had two children, daughter, Leann Rawls Oatman and husband Chad of Okinawa Japan and granddaughters, Lilly, Addison, and McKenna; son, Paul Ethan Rawls of Hope Mills, NC and granddaughters, Tucker, Avery, and Daisy.  He is also survived by his brother, James Wendell “Jay” Rawls, II and wife Donna of Zebulon, NC;  his brother for life: Rocky Cooke and wife Liz and Emmie of Cary, NC; and his mother-in-law, Dorothy G. Edgerly of Hope Mills, NC.

A graveside service will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday September 29, 2019 at Sunnyside Cemetery in Scotland Neck, NC. The family will receive friends after the service at the cemetery.  Mr. George Taylor, minister, will be presiding.

Your thoughtfulness is appreciated and in lieu of flowers, please consider contributions to the Fayetteville Christian Church, your local hospice, or the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America.

Letchworth-Sykes Funeral Service in Scotland Neck is handling the arrangements for the Rawls family and online condolences can be directed to the family by visiting

Service Information

Service Information

Date: Sunday, September 29, 2019

Time: 3:00 pm


Sunnyside Cemetery

4764 US-258
Scotland Neck, NC 27874

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