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Dec. 30, 1925 - Jan 27, 2014 (88) OKLAHOMA CITY (from 1977 - 2007)Obituary CAPT Roy R Grayson, USN (Retired), U. S. Naval Academy class of `49, passed away in Lamar, Missouri on Jan 27, 2014 from pneumonia at age 88. Roy was born in N. Little Rock on Dec 30, 1925. Preceding him in death are: his wife of 46 years, Carolyn Howard, his second wife of 10 years, Mary Lester, his brother, Clyde Grayson, and his sister, Vivian Carr. Roy's hobbies were sailing, traveling, being helpful to his charities and to his church, and to the Gideons International group, donating Bibles.Roy is survived by many loved ones. First, his eight children: David Grayson with wife Donna, PA, Cathy Cook, Ft. Smith, AR, Steve Grayson with wife Angie, SC, Sue Pumphrey with husband Tom, USNA `76, AL, Anne Mitchell, MO, Linda Eagan, GA, Chuck Grayson, NC, and Jim Grayson with wife Cheri, MO. Of Roy's 8 kids, 6 are veterans. We want to pass along to all that he tried valiantly to teach us to sail, he gave us white glove inspections following our weekly cleaning chores, he lined us up by age for instructions, and he took us frequently to USNA to watch sporting events. Second, of Roy's grandchildren, veterans: AF officer Matt Cook OK, Jerry Mitchell IV USMA class of `04 (Ft Benning), Dan Grayson, Chris Pumphrey, and Ricky Self are Navy veterans, & Shelby Dawes, USAF; other grandchildren are Shawn Feagans MD, Lisa Rasche AR, Mike Grayson NY, Janie Pumphrey PA, Robin P. Goldman MS, Bonnie Pumphrey AL, Monty Mitchell MO, Shannon Mitchell NH, Cody Mitchell FL, Erin Howell GA, and Kelly Piazza TN. Roy has 5 great-granddaughters and 2 great-grandsons with 2 more babies on the way. Thirdly, Roy is survived by these, with their families: Helen Helt OK, Monty and June Howard OK, Phillip Grayson TX, Nancy Kay Forrester TX, Bud and Anna Jo Carr TX, Ruth Brown OK, Harry and Carol Hix OK, Ken and Nelda Helt OK, Monty & Steve Howard MD, Lisa Buchanan LA, Carolyn Coombs OK, Mary Howard CA, Janie Self OK, Jeff Howard, & Monty Howard. Roy ran a tight ship and will be missed. Fair winds and following seas, Dad. by Sue Pumphrey.

Published in The Oklahoman on Jan. 31, 2014
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