Grayson Williford Anderson passed on January 5, 2014.
He was born to Emmie Williford and Robert C. Anderson in Jackson, MS on May 9, 1929.
After his family moved to Houston, Grayson attended River Oaks Elementary and Lanier Jr. High, graduating from Lamar High School in 1947 where he was a star track athlete.
He was recruited and ran track at Rice University. Later as a member of the UT track team and Kappa Sigma Fraternity, he graduated from his beloved University of Texas in 1951. He continued to support The University throughout his lifetime. An ultimate Longhorn fan and supporter, Grayson was one of the early members of the Longhorn Foundation as well as the Chancellor's Council.
A proud Korean War veteran, Grayson joined his father and brother as a founding member of Bryant-Anderson Company, remaining in the air conditioning industry 40 years. In addition, he was a partner in Pearman Chevrolet Company for 25 years in Alto, Texas.
He and his parents were faithful charter members of St. Philip Presbyterian Church where he readily and willingly served in various positions.
He is preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Kitty A. Bracht. He is survived and will be forever missed by his wife of 45 years, Speight Williamson Anderson, his brother and wife, Robert and Jackie Anderson, his numerous nieces and nephews as well as his many loving Williamson in-laws.
The Anderson family is grateful to Joy Home Healthcare, his exceptionally kind and caring nurse Kathleen McManamy and his devoted caregiver Adrian Johnson who continued to care for him throughout his illness.
A memorial service is to be conducted at eleven o'clock in the morning of January 9 at St. Philip Presbyterian Church, 4807 San Felipe where the Rev. John Wurster will officiate. Immediately following, all are invited to greet the family during a reception in Fellowship Hall.
Honored to serve as honorary pall bearers are:
Dr. Jimmy F. Howell
A. T. Carleton
Contributions may be made in Grayson's memory to French Camp Academy, One Fine Place, French Camp, MS or to The Longhorn Foundation at The University of Texas at Austin, P.O. Box 7727, Austin, TX 78713-9953.
Published in Houston Chronicle on Jan. 8, 2014