Rodney Grayson, 88 of Sugarland and formerly of Bogata

graysonpicWilbur Rodney Grayson, 88 passed away December 26, 2014 in Sugar Land, Tx. Rod was born July 7th, 1926 in Bogota, Texas to Yancy and Wilbur Grayson. Rod served in the Navy from 1944 to 1946, and received the Victory Medal, Pacific campaign medal, American campaign medal, and European African Middle Eastern campaign medal. He served on the USS Topeka (CL67), USS Portwnus (AGP4) and the captured German Destroyer ( 939). After receiving an honorable discharge he attended East Texas State Teachers College, in Commerce, Texas, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1949. While attending college he met and married Patricia Ann Burt. Pat and Rod, had three sons, Wilbur Rodney Jr, Patrick Roland, and Mark Daniel Grayson. Rod was a Mason, and was a member of 7 different lodges. He was Worshipful Master at the Chamberlin Lodge in Kingsville, and Bishop lodge. Other awards he received as a mason was the Scouter award, the golden trowel award, 50 and 60 year Service Award, and Secretary Emeritus by the order of the Worshipful Master of Chamberlin Masonic Lodge #913 of Kingsville, Texas for his over twenty years of service. He held the position of secretary, Chaplin, Marshal, Master of Ceremonies, Senior Stewart, Junior and Senior Deacon, and District Deputy Grand Master. Rod was also a Shriner in both the Scottish Rite and York Rite. He was a member of the South Texas Emergency Net of HAM radio operators. Rod was an assistant scoutmaster for Troop 53 in Bishop, Texas and assistant scoutmaster at his grandson’s troop 51 in Midland, Texas. Rod was an avid golfer, hunter, and fisherman. On August 25th, 1987, Rod made his first and only hold in one on hole number 2 at the Chemcel golf club in Bishop, Texas. He received several 1st place putting awards over the three year period at the senior living apartment complex where he lived for the last three and a half years of his life. Rod never met a stranger, he was easy to get along with, and loved talking about football and baseball to anyone who would listen. Rod retired from Celanese in September of 1985 in Bishop, Texas where he worked as a safety coordinator for 17 years. Rod was preceded in death by his wife of 38 years, Patricia and son, Wilbur Rodney (Skip) Jr. Survivors are son Patrick and wife, Shareen of Dallas. Dylan Grayson, grandson of Dallas. Granddaughter, Lily Grayson of Boulder, Colorado. Son, Mark and wife Deborah of Sugar Land TX. Grandsons Jacob Grayson of Midland, TX , Sean Grayson and wife Elizabeth of Sugar Land TX. Grandson, Ian Grayson of Austin TX. Daughter in law, Laura Grayson of Austin TX. Great grandchildren Natalie and Thomas Grayson of Austin, TX and Claire Grayson of Sugar Land TX. A sister and brother in law, Miriam and A.D. Stephenson of Bogata. In lieu of flowers you may send a memorial to the Sugar Land First United Methodist church on 431 Eldridge road in Sugar Land, Tx. or the Masonic Lodge 1141 at 412 Eldridge Rd. Funeral Services are scheduled for Monday, December 29 at 11:00am in the First United Methodist Church. Masonic Burial will follow in Bogata Cemetery by Rosalie Lodge #527 A.F. & A.M. The family will receive friends at the Church Fellowship Hall on Monday from 10 until service time. Wood Funeral Homes, Bogata have charge of the arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to

  1. Mike Lykins says:

    Rod was one of the nicest people I ever met. Always easy to work with and a kind hearted person. God Bless you and your family Rod and may you rest in peace. You will be missed.

  2. Wesley Bauch says:

    My condolences to Rods family. Rod and I worked together in the Celanese Safety Department for 11 years. I will always remember Rod as being a gentle soul. He was kind to everyone. He was always the first to offer to help me when my work load got too big. He was a good friend and work mate. May he rest in peace.
    Wesley Bauch
    Mathis, Texas

    • Lily Grayson says:

      Thank you, it’s really nice to hear from those who were close to him and knew him more deeply than I; I’m coming to understand how he was like in is earlier life and friendships. I appreciate your comment so profusely. It makes me happy and proud to know I’m related to someone so kind and selfless.
      Again, thank you. I hope your Easter holiday was wonderful and God bless!

  3. Otis Myers says:

    I enjoyed working with Rod. He was a good man that got along well with everybody.

  4. Diane Grayson Goloby says:

    My dad, James Grayson, and Rodney were cousins. He spoke of Rodney so many times and enjoyed seeing him whenever he could visit in Montgomery, TX. Rodney was an avid golfer and kept his golf clubs in his truck just in case there was a place to play nearby. He was proud of his Navy days and told many tales – he even showed us how a sailor folds his hat and stowes it in his uniform when indoors! His father, a World War I veteran who died in the 1930s, would have been proud of him. He showed his strength and courage when he lost his son, so young in his 20s. Peace be with you, cousin Rodney, and to his family.

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