The Obit For Hugh Ernandez

Hugh Gray Ernandez

Published in The Herald from December 24 to December 26, 2011

RICHBURG - Mr. Hugh Gray Ernandez, 78, passed away Friday, Dec. 23, 2011, at his home.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2011, at First Baptist Church of Richburg, with the Rev. John Parris officiating and the Rev. Chase Catledge assisting. Interment will follow at Lando Cemetery in Lando.

Mr. Ernandez was the son of the late Robert H. Ernandez and Maudie Mae Black Ernandez. Hugh Gray was a member of First Baptist Church of Richburg and a retiree of the Celanese Corp. He was a 1953 graduate of Lewisville High School. He played pro baseball with the Rock Hill Chiefs. An avid dirt track stock car racer in Rock Hill, Lancaster, Gaffney, Gastonia, Monroe tracks, he won the sport's points championship in 1962. He loved everybody, but especially his family.
Surviving are his wife of 58 years, Willette Dawkins Ernandez; his son Hugh Gray "Hughie" Ernandez Jr. and wife, Deborah; his brother, Wayne Ernandez and wife, Angela; his sister, Sara Ernandez Love and husband, David; and his sister-in-law, Betty Millwood Ernandez, all of Richburg; four grandchildren, Christina, Tripp, Miranda and Dillon; and four great-grandchildren, Caitlyn, Mikayla, Mark and Trey. He was preceded in death by his brother, Earl Ernandez.

The family will receive friends from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 26, 2011, at Greene Funeral Home Northwest Chapel, 2133 Ebenezer Road, Rock Hill.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Richburg, P.O. Box 341, Richburg, SC 29729 or to Hospice Care of SC, 179 Columbia St., Chester, SC 29706.