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James Lee Grayson, Jr.

Funeral for James Lee Grayson Jr., 87, Lawton, will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017, at New Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 2101 SW N. H. Jones Ave., with Dr. James E. Gorham, pastor, officiating.

James Lee Grayson Jr., died Monday, Nov. 20, 2017, in Lawton.

Burial with military honors will be in Fort Sill National Cemetery, Elgin, under direction of Howard-Harris Funeral Services, Lawton.

 He was born March 24, 1930, to James Grayson Sr., and Eunice Grayson. He graduated from Douglass High School in Oklahoma City and later joined the U.S. Army. While stationed at Fort Sill, he traveled to and from Oklahoma City, where he met and married Jessie Marie Wright on April 22, 1954. This union was blessed with three children: Rossalyn Denise, Edward King and James Byron. 

Mr. Grayson enlisted in the U.S. Army on March 21, 1951, and retired after serving 20 years on active duty. Overseas military duty assignments included Tokyo, Japan, Hawaii, Germany, Greece, Turkey and Vietnam. He also fulfilled multiple assignments within the United States, including at Fort Sill. He was honored with many accolades and awards, including the Bronze Star Medal and the Purple Heart for heroism in ground combat against a hostile force on June 14, 1969, while serving at Fire Base Berchtesgaden, near the A Shau Valley in the Republic of Vietnam. He was a faithful member of New Zion Missionary Baptist Church and served as a trustee, a member of the brotherhood, a singer in the men's choir and an usher.

Survivors include one daughter, Rossalyn Grayson Wilson (Lewis), of Tulsa; two sons: Dr. Edward K. Grayson (Pearl) of Macon, Ga., and Glen A. Smith of Picayune, Miss.; one brother, Charles Lee Grayson, of Denver; two sisters: Wanda Grayson of Oklahoma City and Lorene Finner of Edmond; one sister-in-law: Wanda Guiton of El Reno; three grandsons: Frederick Dantzler of Piedmont, S.C., Phillip Potts of Lawton and Edward P. Grayson (Ashley) of Oklahoma City; two granddaughters: retired U.S. Army Captain Shirley M. Williams (Martez) of Oklahoma City and Jelisa Dinkins (Corey) of Macon, Ga.; nine great-grandchildren; and a host of nephews, nieces, adopted children and other relatives and friends who will miss her dearly.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Jessie Marie Grayson; a son, James Byron Grayson; brothers: Hoddie Lee Grayson, Alfred Lee Grayson and LeRoy Lee Grayson; his sisters: LaVaetta Grayson, Violetta Grayson, Geraldine Grayson and Bertha Jones.

Viewing and visitation will be from 1-6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, at Howard-Harris Funeral Services Chapel, 1005 SW C. 

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