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Meet "The Firm"


We are absolutely nothing without our dedicated staff. We encourage you to take a few minutes to get to know us online. When you finally walk through our doors and see these familiar faces, it will make your experience with us that much more personal. Please feel free to contact any of our staff members at any time. We deem it an honor to be; "At your service".

Eric Vaughn Wray II, Founder/FSL

Eric Vaughn Wray II, Founder/FSL

President - Funeral Service Licensee

Eric Vaughn Wray II is a native Portsmouth, a resident of Virginia Beach, Virginia and has over 25 years experience in the Funeral industry and serves as our Licensed  Funeral Director & Embalmer; holding dual licenses in Virginia & North Carolina. 

Eric received his education from the Portsmouth Public School System, and holds an Associates in Applied Science Degree in Funeral Service from John Tyler Community College in Chester, VA. Eric has also matriculated at Norfolk State University and is a graduate of the University of Virginia's historic Thomas C. Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership program. 

Eric was appointed in 2011 by Governor Bob McDonnell to serve as the youngest member in the Commonwealth's history, on the Virginia State Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers. This board is the states regulatory board, that governs all Funeral Homes and Funeral Directors throughout the Commonwealth. During his tenure, Eric served as Secretary/Treasurer of the board. 

Eric Wray also has served our country during the terror attacks on September 11, 2011 in the United States Navy. His service includes duty stations in Great Lakes, IL, Meridian MS, and Newport, RI. Eric is also active in many community and civic organizations. With his strong Funeral Service background, serving as manager of many area establishments, and formerly employed with SCI, the largest corporation of Funeral Service in North America, Eric has a vast wealth of knowledge in the funeral industry. 

In his community service, Eric has been able to bring pastors, community, faith, civic, and labor leaders together with National, State and Local elected officials. He has joined with various political campaigns, who desired to improve the lives of working families, on issues and helped organize a majority in Virginia across race, class and political lines. Eric's main focus is building and maintaining relationships with labor, elected officials, community leaders, pastors and allies to advance the broader community agenda. He also is further responsible for helping to fine-tune public policy, programmatic, and budgetary demands and develop powerful political campaigns to advance the demands.

Professional & Local Associations

Board Member/Secretary Virginia State Board of Funeral Directors 

President/CEO of the Virginia Burial Foundation Inc. 

Embalmer-Commonwealth of Virginia Anatomical Program 

Member of the Hampton University Ministers Conference 

Member of the National Funeral Directors Association 

Member of the Virginia Funeral Directors Association 

Vice Chairman City of Portsmouth Board of Housing 

Member City of Portsmouth Social Services Board 

Parishioner of Second Calvary Baptist Church 

Licensed Life & Annuities Insurance Burial Agent 

Executive Secretary of Board of Directors-YMCA of Hampton Roads 

Credentials Committee Member- Third Congressional District of Virginia 

Vice Chairman - Second Congressional District of Virginia 


Writing Publications & Public Speaking Featured 

November 2005 & October 2006  Wavy TV 10 Featured News at NOON TV Guest on issues from Politics to Health Care 

Keynote Speaker Minority Business Capital Call 

Featured Radio Host “The Final Benediction Morning Show” Joyz 100.9 FM 

Radio Host 1270 AM "Make a joyful Noise Show"

Guest - 1110 AM "The Specialist Radio Show"

Guest - 1110 AM "The Steve Batton Radio Show"

Judge-Norfolk State University Homecoming Parade 

Guest Lecturer Political Science Department Old Dominion University. 

Guest Lecturer Chaplain Residency Program Sentara Norfolk General Hospital

Guest Contributor - Funerals Today Magazine “8 steps in Making Funeral Arrangements.

Email: evaughnwray@gmail.com


Audra Tillman

Audra Tillman

Office Manager



Carl T. 'Spanky' Ames

Carl T. "Spanky" Ames

Funeral Service Licensee



Chasta 'Babbie' Mangum

Chasta "Babbie" Mangum

Chief of Staff - Senior Family Support



Jay Mayes

Jay Mayes

Senior Family Service Support - Team Leader



Carlton Baldwin

Carlton Baldwin

Senior Funeral Service Support - Team Leader



Randy W. Riddick

Randy W. Riddick

Family Service Support



Leon Alexander

Leon Alexander

Family Service Support



Lynne Mayfield

Lynne Mayfield

Family Service Support

Rosa "Lynn" Mayfield is the daughter of Lee and Geraldine Hall of Norfolk. Lynn is a native of Norfolk and received her formal education from Norfolk Public School System. She became a flight attendant with US Airways (renamed to American Airlines), where she retired in 2009. Lynn loved serving as a flight attendant, and has received many awards and commendations.


Lynn, in 2010, became the owner of her own upscale, high end boutique named, "Jo's Boutique" after her sister. Her rewards are knowing that she has left a caring spirit upon all that she encounters. Her favorite song is "If I can help somebody, as I pass along. Then my living will not be in vain." 


Lynn is a member of Metropolitan AMEZ Church, where she holds the position of Lay Council President. She enjoys working together on projects to raise funds to enhance the beauty of her church.


George Pender

George Pender

Family Service Support



Robert A. 'Bobby' Steele

Robert A. "Bobby" Steele

Public Relations

Robert A. "Bobby" Steele is native of Norfolk, and a current resident of Portsmouth. He is the son of the late Dr. Rodger S. & Lucy Hodges Steele.


Bobby, is a 1967 graduate of I. C. Norcom High School; and has matriculated at Norfolk State University.


Bobby, is member of Zion Baptist Church, Portsmouth under the leadership of Dr. Kelvin E. Turner. At Zion, Bobby serves on the Male Chorus, Mass Choirs and other area churches as a lead singer. He is also a member of the "Drop In" ministry that assists those who are homeless.


Bobby, has received many awards and commendations, in retail and church. Most notable "In Style" Upscale Menswear.


Bobby's mission is having compassion for the elderly. On a consistent basis, he takes time out of his busy schedule to assist several elderly persons in the community.


Bobby's upbringing, community connections  and career experience, makes  him ideal to comfort those dealing with the loss of a loved one. His tranquil and gentle spirit has become a great asset in serving families here at E. Vaughn Wray, as they deal with difficult times.


Patrick Riddick

Patrick Riddick

Family Service Support

Gospel music was birthed in the late 1800s, and since then there have been many torch bearers. Arizona Dranes, a blind Church of God in Christ evangelist was the first person to commit the sounds of gospel to a record.


From this rich tradition sprang gospel music’s newest torch bearers, D’vyne Worship. Led by its founder and imitable choir master, Elder Patrick Riddick, this 50 voice aggregate was founded in 2001 in Virginia Beach, Va. ‘DW’ as the choir is affectionately called was born out of the young adult choir Riddick led at his home church, New Jerusalem COGIC. The ministry has spent the last ten years making its musical mark regionally and nationally. Known as a “powerhouse” choir, the individual vocalists who make up the aggregation sing with passion, fervor, intense power and above all, the anointing.


The earth shattering vocals of D’vyne Worship have gotten the attention of the country, but also Riddick’s mentor, the famed Ricky Dillard--founder and leader of New G (the New Generation Chorale). Riddick currently serves as assistant choral director to the group. Riddick is no novice to gospel music. Directing choirs since his youth, he is known country-wide as a master director, arranger, writer and clinician. Riddick received his Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal music from Norfolk State University. With this foundation and a commitment to Christ, Riddick set the tone and tempo of D’vyne Worship.


DW’s musical resume’ is an extensive one, of which they have been blessed to travel the country ministering in song, and sharing stages with some of gospel music’s top artists. Recognized for a well-rounded musical repertoire, DW transitions seamlessly from one gospel music genre to the next. Rooted in the Pentecostal flavoring of the southeast, DW stays true to its church roots while also effectively ministering and performing anthems, gospel ballads, CCM standards, and contemporary gospel.


Sticking with that multifaceted theme, the group’s debut album is entitled A Song for Every Worshipper. “Greater Is He” and “He Kept Me,”—singles from the forthcoming album are available on amazon.com and itunes!


Foraging forward, torch in hand, Patrick Riddick now begins a new chapter, serving the Hampton Roads area grieving families with stellar service that has been E. Vaughn Wray's hallmark.


Patrice Vaughn

Patrice Vaughn

Hostess



Pastor Byron Harris

Pastor Byron Harris

Chapel Pastor

Assistant Pastor

New Calvary Baptist Church, Norfolk


Pastor Cedric Rouson

Pastor Cedric Rouson

Chapel Pastor

Pastor

Shekinah Glory Ministries, Virginia Beach


Bishop Marc Thomas

Bishop Marc Thomas

Chapel Pastor

Executive Pastor

New Community COGIC, Portsmouth


Rev. Ronnie T. Northam, Sr.

Rev. Ronnie T. Northam, Sr.

Chapel Pastor

Retired Pastor

New Hope Baptist Church, Suffolk


Larry George

Larry George

Resident Musician



Pastor Anthony Olds

Pastor Anthony Olds

Chapel Pastor - Musician

Pastor, Intercessory Prayer COGIC


Anthony 'Junebug' Turner

Anthony "Junebug" Turner

Resident Musician



Andrew Williams

Andrew Williams

Resident Musician



James 'JB' Byrd

James "JB" Byrd

Resident Musician



Michael Smith

Michael Smith

Resident Musician



Dominique Wright

Dominique Wright

Resident Musician



Titus L. Jackson

Titus L. Jackson

Resident Musician - Vocalist



Jamaar Jones

Jamaar Jones

Resident Musician



April Lewis Gray

April Lewis Gray

Resident Vocalist



Nicole Guns

Nicole Guns

Resident Vocalist



Carrie Hughes

Carrie Hughes

Resident Vocalist



Dominic Carr

Dominic Carr

Resident Vocalist



Slater Joel

Slater Joel

Resident Vocalist



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