Meet Eric


Eric Vaughn Wray II is a native Portsmouth, a resident of Virginia Beach, Virginia and is a Licensed  Funeral Director & Embalmer; holding dual licenses in Virginia & North Carolina. He is the Founder/CEO of E. Vaughn Wray Funeral Establishment, Norfolk. 

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, 2001 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. 

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.

Eric V. Wray II for City Council (Centerville)

Eric V. Wray II for City Council (Centerville)


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