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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.

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Published in Courier-Journal from Jun. 28 to Jun. 30, 2017.
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July 4, 2017
Ernie was a gentleman and a great example for those who worked with him. My thoughts and sympathies go to the family. Ernie had many friends and was a great mentor. His leadership guided the school district through turbulent times. It was my pleasure to know and work for him.
Bill Barnes
July 2, 2017
Sympathy to the family.

Doris Bickel retired JCPS
Doris Bickel
July 1, 2017
So sorry for your loss .
marc moore
June 30, 2017
I served in the Naval Reserve with Ernest and always remember his kindness and professional manners. Sincere condolences to his family.
Charles Beeler
June 30, 2017
Ernie was a great friend to all. Important service to JCPS and to our Kiwanis Club of Louisville.

Steve Imhoff
former Board Chair -
Jefferson County Public Schools
Steve Imhoff
June 30, 2017
Amy, Shelly and JoAnn In 1972
Shelly Long Marshall
June 30, 2017
Mr Grayson was always so kind to me when I was a child. His daughter, Amy, was my best friend so I spent many hours at the Grayson home. Mr Grayson always made me feel
welcome and a part of the family. He had a good sense of humor and a smile often on his face. Mr and Mrs Grayson were a team and even as a child, I admired their marriage and commitment to their family. My thoughts are with you Mrs Grayson, Amy, Debby and Carson. He was special. -Shelly Long Marshall
Shelly Long Marshall
June 29, 2017
This is me and my son.
What can we say? You have always been there. As neighbors, as the other side of the small creek, as the folks that we knew were not our parents, but if you were displeased with something we did, you WERE our parents, too. So we (I am speaking for my adolescently miscreant brothers now) better pay attention.

And you were never outwardly displeased. You were soft-spoken and so gracious we sometimes might have missed a concern. for which I beg your and your families' pardon.

Mr. Grayson, thank you so much for being our neighbor, a role model, another adult to help raise us inadvertently. Both you and Mrs. Grayson (obviously the love of your life) have helped shape what I expect of a community advocate, a neighbor, a parent, and from a marriage. I am so grateful that you have been a quiet, consistent influence in my life.

Just as an example . . . you counseled Mrs. Grayson to just "let it go" when we couldn't quite decide about a fence or a tree or the rose bushes and said "whatever you think" as a vague answer. You let us wander in your garage on Halloween for a Haunted House devised by Amy or Deborah or Carson to put our hands in spaghetti and marbles and feel brains and eyeballs. You let our beloved dogs, Heidi and Guinevere, wander into your yard and leave "gifts" that we forgot to take care of. You allowed a ramp to careen into your yard (with the very nicely groomed bushes) from the skateboarding "competition" that you were never a part of and that you looked at and gave advice for improvement. And, most importantly to me, you said that my dance costumes were beautiful when I showed you my purple tutu.
Oh! And I never knew whether or not you were upset when I lost the Snow White and Seven Dwarves that I borrowed from Amy on our trip to California.

You rebuilt creek bridges. You built bridges.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Kimberly Matibag (Hemmelgarn)
June 29, 2017
My condolences to Mr. Grayson's family. When in a different industry in my 20's I did business with him in the 1990s and learned a great deal from him. He was a very kind man and generous with his time.
Brian Russell
June 29, 2017
Ernie was the true biblical model of a husband, father, grandfather, friend and servant. He had such a grin, and I had such a crush on him in that sharp Navy uniform. However, my beautiful cousin, Patsy Jean, had already stolen his heart from this twelve year old little girl. We all admired him for the life he lived and shall remember him in our hearts. Love and hugs to Pat, Amy, Deborah and Carson from Becky and Milam and our family.L6bSh
Becky Beasley
June 29, 2017
Warm thoughts and prayers to the Grayson family. He was my very first boss out of high school and taught me many lessons that I still cherish in my life. Rest in Peace Mr. Grayson.
Lena (Kayse) (Caviness) Paul
June 29, 2017
One thing that is missed here was his advocacy for the disabled. He was one of the founders of the Learning Disabilities Association of Kentucky back in 1966. He was far ahead of his time in his concern for children with dyslexia and other learning disabilities. He was a gentle, decent man and he will be missed.
Tim Woods
June 28, 2017
My condolences to the Grayson family. Mr. Grayson was my principal when I went to Westport High School from 7th-10th grade (1976). In fact, his daughter Amy and I were great buddies!
Rest in Peace Mr. Grayson.
Michele Hannaman
June 28, 2017
I am so sorry to hear of Mr. Grayson's (Ernie) passing. I have such good memories of being at your house. He was such a nice man! He put up with a lot of silly stuff from us (Amy, Shelly and me).
Kathy O'Gara Sturgill
June 28, 2017
I read in the newspaper where someone called him a "cool and calming" presence. I have to agree. Living next door to the Graysons for my entire childhood, I found Ernie to be a kind, gentle man who loved his family, his garden, and running, dealt with pest animals without harming them, and always welcomed me into their family. He will be missed.
Melinda Borie
June 28, 2017
So sorry to hear of Ernie's death. David passed almost 5 yrs ago. My prays are with you. Sheila
Sheila dERUZZO
June 28, 2017
Mr. Grayson was a good and decent man, a gentleman in every sense.

In the challenging days of 1975, his calm and steady leadership brought the JCPS through very difficult times. I personally experienced his commitment to doing the right thing several times during those tumultuous years.

My sincere condolences to Pat and all the family.

Penney Sanders
June 28, 2017
Saddened to hear of Ernie Grayson's passing. Our paths haven't crossed recently, but they did on a near daily basis back in the mid-1970 days of Federal Judge James Gordon's school integration order/s/. Ernie was a source of calm and strength during this most difficult time -- his sound leadership abounded amid a very contentious time. We had many requirements placed by Judge Gordon on the Jefferson County Attorney's Office and Ernie could always be counted on to - as Judge Gordon insisted -- "do the right thing 'right''. It was an honor to have known and worked with Ernie.

My sincere condolences to his family -- but they should be met with a loud an long 'thank you' for his contributions to our Community in a very tenuous and delicate time.
J. Bruce Miller
June 27, 2017
Sending my dear extended family my sincere love and condolences during this difficult time. I trust you will find comfort in knowing that dad is resting safely, absent pain and confusion, in our Lord and saviors loving arms. Love you all -
Denise Crawford
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