Bill Grayson, 68, of Sweetwater, left this life for heaven on Saturday, March 15, 2014, at his home surrounded by his family.
He was a member of First Baptist Church.
Living his life serving his community, he was with the Sweetwater City Fire Department where he served as fire chief. He was the first EMT in Monroe County and acquired the first state grant that initiated that service. He worked for the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department under Sheriff R.H. Johnson and became a detective for the Drug Task Force with his faithful K-9 Karlo. After leaving the sheriff’s department in 1998, he became a licensed private investigator and started Sierra Investigations.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Elmer and Mildred Thompson-Grayson; grandparents, the Rev. Fred and Laura Thompson, William David and Rebecca Evans-Grayson; brothers: Ray Grayson and James Grayson; and sisters: Barbara Stevens and Salley Sollenberger.
Survivors include his wife, Chris Hawkins-Grayson; children: favorite daughter and son-in-law, Brandy and Brady Gentry of Madisonville; sons and daughters-in-law: Wayne and Patty Grayson of Sweetwater, William and Amie Grayson of Madisonville, and Bobby Ray Grayson of Sweetwater; brother and sisters-in-law: Bobby and Leslie Grayson of Cleveland and Susan Grayson of Richmond, Va.; sister and brother-in-law, Jane and Linton Moser of Sweetwater; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law: Debbie Carnley of Madisonville, John and Cheryl Leach of Sweetwater, and Doug Young of Madisonville; 12 grandchildren; Summer and Justin Grayson of Tellico Plains, Chloe Grayson of Ten Mile, Jared and Lyndsey Grayson, Jade Sherlin, Hannah Lowe, Nicole Layman of Sweetwater, Cori Beaven, Collan and Cason Gentry, and Cooper Grayson of Madisonville; one great-grandchild, Alena Garcia; and several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 19, 2014, in the chapel of Biereley-Hale Funeral Home in Madisonville with the Rev. Mike Jackson officiating.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
A Celebration of Life will be announced at a later time.
Interment will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday in Haven Hill Memorial Gardens.