New Kent Charles City Chronicle

News for New Kent County and Charles City County, Virginia | September 27, 2022

Eric Thomas Hula

Eric Thomas Hula, 25, of Charles City, Virginia, passed away on Apr. 3, 2022, after a long battle with schizophrenia.

Eric was born on Jan. 29, 1997, in Blacksburg, Virginia. He was especially close with his sisters Emma and Ellie. He was fiercely protective of them and always had their best interests at heart. Eric was gentle and loving with animals, including his cats Nip and Hum, and his cat Graystone, whom he was heartbroken to lose last year.

Eric had a kind heart and loved his friends, whom he went out of his way to help and to spend time with. He had a strong sense of right and wrong and was known to protect his friends. Even in kindergarten, he stood up for the new kid who was being teased. Eric often thought about justice and engaged in debates about current events.

Eric could see when people needed help. He was known to buy diapers and food for families in need as a teenager, or to give a cold stranger his coat. As an adult, he continued helping others in need, often offering rides to friends and delivering a sleeping back along with food to a friend who struggled with his own mental illness and was living under a bridge.

Eric gravitated to any musical instrument in the room and could spend hours playing the piano and guitar while making new songs. He also loved playing video games, watching anime, reading manga, and exploring local parks, and often stop on Afton Mountain to enjoy the view. One of his favorite things was to invite his sisters to go for late-night walks to look at the stars.

In recent years, Eric’s illness stole many things from him, ultimately including his laughter and his peace. It led him to be cut off from the things and people he most enjoyed in life. Hardest of all, as with many sufferers of schizophrenia, it made Eric unwilling to get the help he needed. In the end, the disease took him from the people who loved him.

Eric was preceded in death by his grandmother, Sally Roraback; grandparents, Stanley Hula Jr. and Nancy Wray Hula; and uncles, Tommy Walsh and Stanley Hula III.

He is survived by his mother, Sunshine Walsh Hula; father and stepmother, Jefferey Marvin Hula and Meriah Crawford; sisters, Ellie and Emma; grandparents, Geoff Walsh and Alane Homer; and many uncles, aunts, cousins, and other family and friends.

The family would like to thank those who have donated to assist with arrangements. In lieu of flowers, the family ask for donations to be made to the National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) and encourages those to reach out for help if they are struggling with mental illness.