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Deacon Johnny Grayson



Visitation with the Family:
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 6, 2021
Calvary Apostolic Church 2315 Joe B. Jackson Pkwy - Murfreesboro, TN

Celebration of Life:
12:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 6, 2021
Calvary Apostolic Church 2315 Joe B. Jackson Pkwy - Murfreesboro, TN

The Service of Committal & Interment:
Following the Service on Saturday, February 6, 2021
Emory Cemetery - Murfreesboro, TN

.Deacon Johnny B. Grayson the fifteenth child of twenty bom to the late Deacon Edgar Grayson and Mother Elizabeth Bolden Grayson was bom on March 14, 1944, in Raymond, Mississippi. He ended his earthly journey fighting to the very end and entered eternity to be with his loving, deceased family and friends on January 14, 2021.

He attended Big Creek Grammar School, Westside Elementary & Junior High and Utica Institute. At an early age he confessed Christ as his Lord and Savior and became a member of Big Creek Missionary Baptist Church, under the leadership of the late Reverend C. P. Simmons. He grew up singing in the church choir and sang his first solo at age of six. He was a gifted singer, songwriter, and an arranger of songs like: Show Me The Way, Come On Up, Help Is On The Way, Through The Storm And The Rain and Dear Lord Above, just to name a few.

Johnny helped organize his first group, The Grayson Singers (Johnny, Saul & Solomon). They traveled far and near singing melody and harmony to the Glory of God. He also sang with (The Gold Nuggets of Jackson, Mississippi, The Sweet Singing Caveleers & the Master Keys of Los Angeles, California).

On June 7,1965, Johnny was united in Holy Matrimony to the love of his life Mrs. Letha Taylor Grayson, and together they reared twelve children.

In 1968, Johnny relocated to Los Angeles, California, with his wife and baby girl to make a better life for himself and family. He became a member and a dedicated Deacon of Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church. After residing in California for thirty-three years, he decided to move his family to Murfreesboro, Tennessee to be close to his first grandchild. After moving to Tennessee, he became a member at Smyrna Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of Pastor J. W. Rankins. Later, he became a member of New Covenant Baptist Church, under Shepherd, Pastor Derrick Boseman. He was a dedicated, faithful member, and Deacon until his health began to fail him a few months ago.

He was a great provider for his wife and children and worked untiringly for thirty years at International Windows in Los Angeles, California, and after retiring he worked with IMI & Smyrna Ready Mix, Murfreesboro, Tennessee, for the last twenty years. If you asked him, Why, do you work? His reply would be, "I work to eat!" in other words, if you don't work, you don't eat.

Those closest to him, affectionately called him "Johnny B." He was a devoted, loving and caring husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle, brother-in-law, cousin, friend and comedian. He always had a joke to tell. He was a positive role model and father figure to many of the neighborhood children.


He was preceded in death by his son, Keith Hands; siblings, Erma Smith, James Richard, Sr., Winfield, Saul and Edgar Grayson, Dorothy Richardson, Eddie Lee, Sr., Elouise and Solomon Grayson and six others who succumbed at birth. He leaves to cherish his memory: his loving and devoted wife of fifty-five and a half years, Mrs. Letha Grayson; eleven children, Veronica (Melvin) Brownlee of California, Vemita Grayson of Tennessee, Brandie Turner & Disimeon Thomas Grayson, both of California, Kathy Booker (Fiance Britton), Nicole Simmons, Watson, Matthew, Angel and Leeshone White and Jay Smith all of Tennessee; son, Keith Hands who preceded him in death; six grandchildren, Terrion, Vershanti, Malachi, Addison, Ayden, and Harper; one great-grandchild, Alona; sisters, Daisy Grayson of Ohio, Addie Ford and Lula Williams (Clarence) both of Mississippi and Essie (Clarence) Franklin of California; four brothers-in-law; Louis (Beverly), Robert, David (Teresa) and Chris Brown; one sister-in-law, Buylender (Bruce) Richardson. His memory will also be cherished by nieces, nephews, cousins and many other family and friends. ■ S & m /.'- e n I was supposed to spend the rest o f my life with you. And then I realized, you spent the rest o f your life with me. I smile because I know you loved me till the day you went away. And will keep loving me. Till the day we 're together again. ~ Your Loving Wife, Letha Grayson Gup WQAw We think about you always. We talk about you still. You have never been forgotten. And you never will. We hold you close within our hearts and there you will remain, to walk and guide us through our lives. Until we meet again. ~ Your Loving Children, Grandchildren & Great Grandchild 2/ri6/tfe to mip "We will always remember you as having the most melodious voice. You sang with the anointing spirit and with passion. We will always love and will miss. In our hearts we will forever cherish our time we shared together with you. "Rest in G ods arms, our sweet singing Songbird. " We love you, but God love you best!Till we meet, again. " ~ Daisy, Addie, Lula & Essie



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Scales and Sons Funeral Home

PHONE: (615) 893-1313 - 24 hours a day

314 East State Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37130

P.O. Box 1371
Murfreesboro, TN 37133-1371