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Dean Grayson

Dean Allen Grayson

Sunday, May 16th, 1954 - Thursday, May 2nd, 2019
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Dean Allen Grayson, age 64 of McMinnville, Tennessee passed from this life peacefully on Thursday, May 2, 2019, at Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital in Murfreesboro, Tennessee surrounded by his children and family.

Dean was born Sunday, May 16, 1954 in McMinnville, Tennessee, he was the son of the late Ossie Grayson.

A 1973 graduate of Warren County High School. He was a four-year member of the Warren County High School basketball team and participated in numerous school activities. He was known as star basketball player and trash-talker. Basketball and trash-talking came hand in hand.

If there is anyone in life that enjoyed a good party, it was Dean. He was known for being the life of the party with his witty personality and contagious laugh. He was truly a person that set out to annoy you.

Dean was an avid sports fan. He was an even larger fan of his children in anything they did.

In 1978 he married his one true love Nathana Grayson with whom they had three girls Marlena, Jessica, and Deanna. He loved his family and was very proud of his children.

He had a life-long affair with music, singing, dancing, playing the harmonica, cards (spades) and sports. He didn't run for political office, but was known as the "unofficial" Mayor of McMinnville.

He will be incredibly missed by all who loved him.

Dean is survived by his:
2 daughters - Marlena Lusk and husband Rick
Jessica Grayson
grandson - Antwaun Vaughn
brother - Steven Roberts
two aunts - Lillie Lee Kennedy
Magnolia Solomon and husband Harold
special friends - Ex-wife Nathana Grayson and Fred Locke Jr.
Many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends also survive.

Dean was preceded in death by his mother Ossie Lee Grayson; daughter Deanna Renea Grayson; grandmother Susie Foster Grayson: aunt Francis McKinley; and three uncles Thurman Grayson, Willie Lee Grayson, and Hershel Hudson.

A Funeral service will be at 6:00 PM on Thursday at East End Drive Church of Christ located at 229 East End Drive McMinnville, Tennessee 37110.

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    Thursday, May 9th, 2019 | 6:00pm
    Thursday, May 9th, 2019 6:00pm
    East End Drive Church of Christ
    229 East End Drive
    McMinnville, TN 37110
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Rodney locke

Posted at 11:02pm
Some of my earliest childhood memories were of Dean he always kept me laughing and always let me know he loved me, I am truly saddened and heartbroken to know he is gone. I just found out yesterday and I still find it hard to process. I love you Dean Allen and will miss you forever. Rest easy my cousin

Debbie Barnes

Posted at 12:35pm
The memorial service for your Dad and Grandfather was very moving and heartfelt. I have been thinking about it this morning and wanted to take a moment to say that I know Dean would have been so very proud of his beautiful family last night. You served and represented him so well. May God Bless and heal you all as you come to terms with his passing. Barry and I thought a great deal of Dean and I am so glad we had the chance to know him. His kindness and sense of humor will live on in all of you.
Blessings and Peace,
Debbie and Barry Barnes

Jessica Grayson Posted at 12:02am

Debbie, thank you so much for your kind words. We really appreciate the two of you attending dads memorial. God Bless!

Jessica Grayson Posted at 12:06am

It was such a pleasure meeting the two of you, if I can ever do anything for you please don't hesitate to ask. We appreciate the respect and love you've shown our father.

Jessica Grayson

Posted at 12:05pm
Funeral Service for Dean Allen Grayson will be Thursday, May 9th at 6:00pm at East End Drive Church of Christ. Please disregard the misprint on the website.


Posted at 08:27pm
Uncle was a wonderful joy, Full of Laughter. Love and Miss you Forever. Your BIRD.

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