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Ray Herring

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Ray Herring Obituary
Ray Herring, 85, passed away Wednesday, July 3, 2013, in Fort Worth. Funeral: 10 a.m. Saturday in First Baptist Church. Burial: Pioneer Cemetery. Memorials: First Baptist Church, Graham Athletic Booster Club, or the . Ray was born April 2, 1928, in El Dorado, Ark., the only child of the late Norman and Hattie Irene (Poole) Herring. He graduated from Bryson High School and went to Tarleton Junior College, on a basketball scholarship. Ray completed his education at North Texas State University, with an accounting degree. He married Doris Edwards on Dec. 29, 1950, in Bryson. She preceded him in death Sept. 26, 1998. Ray was president of E&H Drilling and had been active in every aspect in the Graham community, since moving there in 1953, from Burkburnett. He had been on the city council, served as mayor of Graham, and served on nearly every city committee during his tenure. He was an active member of Lions Club, serving in all the elected positions. He received the Monarch Chevron Award and served as the Lions Club song leader. He was instrumental in the construction of the new track for the P.K. Relays, one of the oldest running track meets in the state. He started in 1953 as a timer and became its director four years later. He was also active in the Goodfellows Project every Christmas season and the best cotton candy maker in the state of Texas. Ray was also a member of the Quarterback Club, serving as president for three years. The club is now known as The Graham Athletic Booster Club, where he purchased over 200,000 miniature souvenir footballs, basketballs, volleyballs, baseballs and softballs over the years. He was honored in 2000 as the GHS Booster of the Century. He always had a special place in his heart for the young people of Graham, whether it be in the community, school or church. He served as the director for the First Baptist Church Youth for 25-plus years. He also served as the music director when the church was without a music leader or the music leader was on vacation or ill. He was an active deacon in First Baptist Church and served on numerous committees. He sang in the groups "New Ground" and "Dickens Carolers" and was a very active member of the First Baptist Church Choir. He was the department director for Adult II Sunday School. Other activities he was involved in include: member of AQHA, Red Coats Ambassadors, Hospital Board member, G.I.A. member, Graham Area United Way budget chairman for seven years, Chamber of Commerce member and officer, First National Bank Board of Directors from 1972 to 2000, and a member of numerous oil and gas associations. He received the 1994 Melvin Jones Fellows Award, and the 2001 Citizen of the Year Award. He had a passion for horses and watching HIS HORSES race was his ultimate pastime. Ray was a community leader, civic leader and a leader in his faith as a Christian husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He was kind and compassionate and always knew the right thing to say to anyone in any situation. We are so proud of him and his accomplishments in his life. Survivors: Daughter, Debbie Robertson and husband, Ronnie, of Graham; grandchildren, Ryan Robertson of Graham, and Heather Mayes and husband, Greg, of Graham; and great-grandchildren, Breann and Braylee Mayes, Makenzie, Alyssa and Caitlyn Robertson.
Published in Star-Telegram on July 6, 2013
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