Graham lost a longtime citizen who made a significant impact on the community this week. Ray Herring, owner of E&H Drilling, passed away Wednesday following a decline in health for the past year.

According to those who knew him, he was graced with many talents and a generous spirit. First Baptist Church's Music Minister Jerry Blake said Herring was friendly to everyone he met and remembered everyone's name. Herring was an original member of the group “New Ground,” which he helped start in 1994. Blake said the group's goal was to encourage men to be spiritual leaders in their homes and communities and they traveled and sang all over Texas and New Mexico.
Ray Herring received the Graham Chamber of Commerce s Citizen of the Year award in 2001. Herring died earlier this week and is remembered for his kindness,
Ray Herring received the Graham Chamber of Commerce s Citizen of the Year award in 2001. Herring died earlier this week and is remembered for his kindness, generosity and talent. (Courtesy photo)


As a church member, Herring served on numerous committees, including pastor search committees and building committees. Blake added that Herring was an anonymous philanthropist.

Herring served on the board of directors for First National Bank for several years of his life, but he directed more than just business for FNB Vice President Del Lee. Lee said Herring sang at his wedding in 1973. Lee's wife went to church with Herring. When Lee got out of the Air Force, he looked to Herring for advice on his future.

And for all of the youngsters who have ever eaten cotton candy at the Lion's Club Carnival, Herring probably made it. Herring was a member of the Graham Lions since 1957 and very active with the club.

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He also chaired the PK Relays until he passed the baton to his son-in-law, Ronnie Robertson.

That wasn't the only track that Herring was a fan of. He was also a successful race horse owner. Herring was a fan and supporter of many sports, especially Graham High School sports. He served as the ultimate booster for many years.

To read the complete story, see the July 7 edition of The Graham Leader.