Grayson, Ernest Carson,
Age 91, peacefully passed away on June 26, 2017.
He is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Pat, his daughters, Deborah (Bruce Meizlish) Grayson and Amy (Ron) Shipley, his son Carson Grayson, and grandchildren, Kate Grayson Meizlish and Taylor (Kaori) Grayson Meizlish.
Ernest enlisted in the Navy in 1944 and served on a LSM in the Pacific Theater. After the war, he attended the University of Louisville and obtained his Bachelors and Masters Degrees. While attending school, he worked at Selman's and met the love of his life, Patsy Jean Sipes, whom he married in 1949.
As a Reserve Officer, Ernest was called up for active duty in the Korean Conflict and served on the USS James E. Kyes patrolling the Straights of Formosa. He retired from the Reserves with the rank of Captain. He proudly wore his Navy whites into his 80's and enjoyed attending reunions of crews of the LSMs and the Kyes.
Ernest went to work for the Jefferson County School Board in 1955 and after 20 years in finance, he was appointed Superintendent. He provided leadership and a steady hand during the merger of the County and City school systems and court-ordered busing.
After leaving the Superintendent's job in 1980, Ernest became Secretary-Treasurer of Winston Products working with lifelong friend and company founder, Winston Shelton. He served in several other capacities until his retirement in 2013.
Ernest became an avid runner in his 50's and continued to run into his late 80's. He won a Silver Medal in the 2007 Senior Olympics for the 10k event and for 7 years held the Kentucky age group record for 10 mile events. His daughters and son joined him in many races, calling him "coach". Ernest also enjoyed bridge, gardening, and fishing with friends and his grandchildren.
Ernest was active in Christ Church United Methodist, serving as a Trustee and Board Chair, and was a founder of the Adventurers Class. He was also a Mason and for many years, active in the Rotary and Kiwanis clubs. He cofounded and led an Indian Guides group for boys with disabilities.
Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, July 1, at 11am in the Chapel of Christ Church United Methodist, 4614 Brownsboro Road, with burial to follow at Cave Hill Cemetery. Visitation is at Pearson Funeral Home, 149 Breckenridge Lane in Louisville from 4-6pm on Friday, June 30.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Portland Promise Center, 1831 Baird Street, Louisville, KY. 40203.