Rose Grayson Obituary (1953-2021) – Lexington, SC

Rose Marie Grayson
February 15, 1953 – December 14, 2021
Lexington, South Carolina – Rose Marie Grayson, 68, of Lexington, SC, died on December 14, 2021. She was born on February 15, 1953 in Henderson, KY, to Burt and Lucille Williams.
From KY, the family moved to Moncks Corner, SC, where their father pastor the First Baptist Church. When she was seven, the family moved to Dayton, OH. Rose graduated from Meadowdale High School, where she was involved in the acting programs. Her teacher saw something in her and encouraged her to major in theater when she attended Carson-Newman College in TN. And with further encouragement from her drama professor, she earned a masters degree in directing from the University of South Carolina.
Rose worried she might have received a “useless” degree, but then found sense in using her skills in the Department of Creative Arts at the South Carolina Baptist Convention. She was also the drama director for Shandon Baptist Church’s longtime Singing Christmas Tree. She was known for her dramatic monologues from Corrie Ten Boom, Lottie Moon, the innkeeper’s wife, and others.
Their children, Joshua and Jessalyn, were the blessing of their first marriage. Later, as a single parent, her love of reading led her to pursue a second Masters in Library Science and Information. Utilizing her theatrical work, combined with her love of reading, she continued to serve children through storytelling and many other children’s programs as a youth service librarian at the Cayce-West Columbia Library. After 20 years in the library, she retired in August 2019.
In 1999 Rose married her loving husband Weaver Grayson. No one would question Rose’s servant heart, as she and Weaver looked after their aging parents almost every weekend for five years. Rose may have retired from the library but never stopped working and continued to care for others.
Rose is survived by her husband, Weaver Grayson; her son Joshua Crane (Erin), daughter Jessalyn Crane-Vuocolo (Sam); two grandchildren: Connor Crane and Jacob Crane; three siblings: Gene Williams (Natasha), Carol Williams, and Dan Williams (Julie); Niece Kimberly O’Hara; Nephews, Ryan O’Hara and Balin Williams (Heidi); as well as many cousins ​​and friends.
The tour is on Sunday, December 19, 2021, 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Thompson Funeral Home of Lexington, 4720 Augusta Rd, Lexington, 29073 SC. A memorial service will be held at Green Hill Baptist Church, 1800 Augusta Highway. West Columbia, SC 29169 on Monday, December 20, 2021 at 10:00 AM. The funeral will take place on Tuesday, December 21, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at Fort Jackson National Cemetery, 4170 Percival Road, Columbia, SC.
Monuments can be made on:
Pancreatic cancer research about which American Cancer Society (800-227-2345)
Johns Hopkins Cancer Research (
Green Hill Baptist Church Department of Mission, 1800 Augusta Rd, West Columbia, SC 29169

Published by The State on December 19, 2021.

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