Eric Traylor

December 13, 1970 ~ December 9, 2021

Born in: Royal Oak, Michigan
Resided in: Arlington, Texas

Eric Louis Traylor, 50 years of age, went to be with The Lord on December 9, 2021 in Arlington, TX.

Eric was born on December 13, 1970 in Royal Oak, Michigan to Roy and Sharon Traylor.

At 14, Eric suffered injuries due to a motorcycle accident including total blindness, anosmia, partial paralysis, many broken bones, & brain damage. He was not expected to live, but Eric was a fighter and God had plans for him. After a long stay in the hospital, he returned to school – first to Young Jr. High and then Martin High School, but he was not able to graduate due to residual health problems. He went on to receive his GED a year later.

He held several jobs throughout his life including The Lighthouse for the Blind, Subway, Pizza Hut for 10 years (which he walked to), and PAA advertising sales for another 5 years. He took a lot of pride in working and tried to be as independent as he could.
Eric met the love of his life and best friend Christi in May of 1990 and they were married on Oct 21, 2000 in Arlington, TX. The couple resided in Arlington, TX with their many 4-legged babies over the years including their latest one, Sammy.

He was best known for his great personality & sharp wit, his love of music, his self-taught abilities in playing the piano and guitar, his love for the Dallas Cowboys, and for making people laugh. He picked up the guitar soon after he got home from the hospital following his accident and went on to become quite good. He would continue to play guitar and the piano for most of his life and loved to create his own music…all from memory. He also loved flying with his father in light airplanes which sometimes involved aerobatic maneuvers such as loops and rolls. Eric even made it into the news once for being on a bowling league while blind and got his picture in the Fort Worth Star Telegram.

Eric accepted The Lord Jesus Christ as his savior at 10 years old at Fielder Road Baptist Church in Arlington, TX, and recently reaffirmed his salvation in a prayer meeting with his family.

Eric is survived by his beloved wife, Christi; his brother Doug Traylor and sister-in-law, Julie Traylor; his sister, Deanna Traylor Jones; his brother and sister-in-law, Tommy and Kim Carlton; brother and sister-in-law, Jerry and Rhonda Harrell; his nephews and niece, Devin Traylor, Cameron Traylor and Presley Traylor; his niece, Savanna Jones; niece and nephew, Katie Carlton and Randy Carlton; nephew and niece, Jerry Harrell, Jr. and Crystal Harrell; two great nieces, Emma Carlton and Izabel Cruz; and a great nephew Jerry Harrell, III.

Eric is preceded in death by his mother, Sharon Traylor in 2014 and his father, Roy Traylor in 2020.

The service for Eric will be held on Sunday, December 19, 2021, at 2:00 at Wade Funeral Home in Arlington, TX.

A visitation will be held Saturday, December 18, 2021, from 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Memorial donations can be made in Eric’s name to the American Cancer Society.

Services

Memorial Visitation: Saturday, December 18, 2021 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Wade Funeral Home and Crematory
4140 West Pioneer Parkway
Arlington, Texas 76013

(817)274-9233
wadefamilyfuneralhome.com

Room: Belle Hall

Memorial Service: Sunday, December 19, 2021 2:00 pm

Wade Funeral Home and Crematory
4140 West Pioneer Parkway
Arlington, Texas 76013

(817)274-9233
wadefamilyfuneralhome.com

Room: Chapel

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  1. Dear Deanna and Doug,

    My sincere condolences on the loss of your brother. I can still recall being at your house and hanging out with Eric back when we were kids. He was such a great kid – always witty with a great sense of humor. I have fond memories of being at your house and your dog, Pepper. Those were great days growing up in that neighborhood – riding our bikes for miles (our parents couldn’t track us back then;-). It would be great to catch up with you. May your many happy memories of Eric bring you some comfort at this time and may he rest in eternal peace.

    Sincerely,
    Chuck Hafer

  2. Deanna and Doug,
    We are so sorry for the passing of Eric. We know it has been such a long road for him with so many health issues. I have so many memories of Eric when we were kids and young adults. Always listening to music. I remember the day of his accident and the days and weeks and months that followed. I was so grateful to be a part of his recovery and humbled that he allowed me to help with that. Oh man I remember his learning to play guitar and trying so hard to figure it all out by sound not sight. He had such an amazing ear and heart for music. I am so grateful for his decision to follow the Lord. That gives my grief of his physical passing pause. I can rejoice that he is whole and with y’all’s Mom and Dad again. We will always keep Eric in our thoughts and cherish all of the memories we have of him. You both are in our prayers and we are here to help in any way you need. Sending our love to you both.

  3. Traylor Family,

    Eric was one- of-a-kind if there ever was one. I came to love this family first through Eric. When Eric was involved in that horrible accident and was in such critical condition in the ICU, I was his nurse. I cared for him, I fought for him, and I came to love him. THEN…years later I realized that my new friend Sharon was Eric’s mother. This was just a plan for me that was not orchestrated on this Earth. Eric always was resilient and the wittiest guy in the room. He would come to live a great life with Christi– I remember their wedding. Eric …back with the angels. Bless him.

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