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Our Humble Beginnings

Many years ago, French Novelist Anatole France, aninspired author, wrote, “To accomplish great things, one must dream as well asact." In retrospect, these words seem totally appropriate when reflectingon the beginning history of E. Vaughn Wray Funeral Establishment.  

In the early 1990’s, a giftedyoung man, while most children spent their Saturday mornings playing outside,14 year old Eric V. Wray could be found at the former Pretlow's Funeral Home inNorfolk, assisting on funerals, while training under his mentor Valanti R.Lambert.  As a young child, he took very seriously the tasks of movingcaskets, washing funeral vehicles, cutting the funeral homes grass andarranging flowers. These values were instilled into Eric very early; even todayas a licensee, these values are still at the core of who Eric is.  

Over the years, our founder hasbeen fortunate to serve as a Funeral Director & General Manager at some ofHampton Roads most premier Funeral Homes. Most notably, Graves Funeral Home,Rosewood - Kellum Funeral Homes, Community Funeral Homes  &Metropolitan Funeral Services. While he served these firms with pride, therewas still a void in his life because of an overwhelming desire to achieve theAmerican Dream of entrepreneurship.  

His dream seemed almostimpossible because of the road blocks he experienced over the years for such aventure. One day, his dream became an exciting reality. In May of 2015, Ericacquired 5873 Poplar Hall Drive of Norfolk, Virginia to begin the journey ofsuperior service.

After 6 months of remodeling, theprevious handicapped center was ready for its grand opening as a funeral home.The new state of the art facility includes the Chapel with a seating capacityof 225 people; spacious family staterooms, and Conference Rooms.  

Years later we continue on with the traditions and valuesthat have contributed to our success from the beginning. Awarded "BestFuneral Home" in Norfolk since 2018, we are proud to offertraditional and contemporary services for both burial and cremationarrangements.

Eric V. Wray II, the visionary, was willing to “climbevery mountain” until he realized his dream. Therefore, it is incumbent upon hisfuture successors, to carry on the legacy by providing that there is no suchthing as an “impossible dream”. 


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