We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Chapel of Hope
Eric Lynn Gray was born November 17, 1961, the second of four brothers welcomed by Rodger Gray and Shelba (Davidson) Gray in Hobbs, New Mexico. He was the most gregarious of the four boys easily making friends of all he met, recalling each one with a smile when reminiscing about days past. He is survived by his parents, Rodger and Shelba Gray of Hobbs, sons, Calvin Deric Gray and Grandson Camden Beau Gray and his mother, Rachel Pinson of Dallas, Texas, Casin Dillon Gray and wife Deborah of Hobbs, New Mexico and Brittlynn Harley Gray of Lubbock, Texas, Fiancé. Vanessa Miller and her four girls, Channing, Camree Canyon, and Crosby, two brothers, Deric E. Gray and Elizabeth Gray and children Evan and Channing of Hobbs, New Mexico and Bradley A. Gray and Tanya Ontiveros of Lubbock, Texas. He also survived by an aunt Florene Davidson of Santa Fe, NM and uncle Terry Newsom of Castle Rock, CO. He was preceded in death by his brother Marc Gray and grandparents, Charlie and Stella Gray and Calvin and Leola Davidson.
Eric owned and operated several businesses including the Golden Corral Restaurant, Rockhouse Grille and Computer Specialties in Hobbs. A lifelong tinkerer, he could fix your bicycle, motorcycle, or computer. He enjoyed life at every turn cherishing the time spent on his Harley Davidson, even naming his daughter Harley. The long rides paused for a time when he wrecked the bike on a twisting mountain road breaking his wrist in 1995. He played Guitar in an 80’s Rock and Roll band for a time and music never failed to light up his face. His last Christmas list included a new guitar and additional speakers for his home sound system. Fast cars were a thing including the one he used in teaching Casin to drive, a four speed Mustang with a roaring exhaust. He loved camping and a campfire always tending the fire and camp cooking. He was dubbed by his family: “Best Cajun Cook this side of Louisiana”.
He was a fighter, fighting off two bouts of Cancer in 1997 and 1999. He received 22 straight “All’s Clear” reports from M D Anderson Cancer Center in subsequent years.
Boys and Girls Club of Hobbs
301 East Broadway, Hobbs NM 88240
Lea County Humane Society
702 N. Grimes, Hobbs NM 88240