Feb. 19, 1933-May 6, 2019
A Mass of Christian Burial honoring George Hugh Grayson will be Thursday, May 9 at 10 a.m. at the Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception Church. Interment will be in Memory Lawn Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday, May 8, from 5 – 8 p.m. at Blanchard St. Denis Funeral Home.
George Hugh Grayson, 86, of Natchitoches passed away May 6, 2019. George was born Feb. 19, 1933, in Natchitoches.
He was a devout Catholic and lifelong member of the Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception Church where he was christened, celebrated his First Communion, served as an altar boy, graduated high school and married Merry Jo O’Quinn Jan. 19, 1957.
He grew up on a Natchitoches dairy farm where he would spend his mornings milking the family’s cows and delivering the milk before school. In his teenage years, he was a projectionist at the Cane Theatre and the Bijou Theater. After graduating from St. Mary’s School in 1951, George worked at People’s Bank before serving in the U.S. Army from 1953-1955. His military service took him overseas to a station in France. He also worked briefly for Exchange Bank and the U.S. Post Office. He moved to Opelousas with his family in 1961 and worked for American Bank until 1965 when he returned home to go into business with his father.
He joined O.O. Grayson, who opened Grayson’s BBQ in 1959 on the Winnfield Highway. George moved the business to its current location in Clarence. He worked tirelessly at his business which became known for its hams and homemade buns which he helped make daily. Every holiday season, hundreds of hams are shipped to customers all over the country.
He enjoyed camping, NASCAR, sports, working in his yard and fire. He also enjoyed having newspaper articles laminated for family and friends. He almost always carried a rock in his pocket.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Merry Jo O’Quinn Grayson; seven children, George Hugh Grayson Jr., and wife Kim of Mandeville, Adrian O’Quinn “Bo” Grayson and fiancée Nancy James, Joseph Paul Grayson and wife Sue, Bryan Eldredge Grayson of Natchitoches, Gregory Overton Grayson and wife Angie, all of Natchitoches; Emmie Lou Grayson Wanner and husband Jeffery of Covington and Jonathan David Grayson and wife Jamie of Raceland; grandchildren, Justin O’Quinn Grayson and wife Paige of Montgomery, Mary Elizabeth Grayson Nielsen and husband Bradley of Dallas, Jordan Wade Wanner and wife Briana of Bogalusa, David Paul Grayson and wife Sadie of Dallas, Adrian Kennon Grayson of Natchitoches, Heather Corynne Grayson of Austin, Nicholas Hugh Grayson of Mandeville, Grayson Lynn Wanner of Covington and Miles Ollie Grayson and Finn Niles Grayson of Raceland; great-grandchildren, Jackson Timothy O’Quinn Grayson and Jameson Tye Grayson of Montgomery, Adrian Oliver Grayson of Natchitoches, Georgia Hickman Grayson and Bradley Maxwell Nielsen Jr., both of Dallas; Justin and Paige’s extended family, Lexie Wilson, Kaden Goodling and Lane Goodling of Montgomery; his sister, Billie Rae Vercher of Natchitoches; his brother, John Overton Grayson of Natchitoches; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Angela Gillen Grayson and Ollie Overton Grayson; and sisters, Betty Ann Grayson Jones and Judith Grayson Broadwater.
Pallbearers will be David Grayson, Justin Grayson, Kennon Grayson, Nicholas Grayson, Bradley Nielsen and Jeffery Wanner.
Honorary pallbearers will be Gary DeBlieux, David O’Quinn, Louis O’Quinn, Mike Pierce, Miles Grayson and Finn Grayson.
Special thanks to Dr. Rajat Gulati of Alexandria and Dr. Kathleen Kautz of Natchitoches for their compassionate medical care. Additionally, the family extends their deep and heartfelt gratitude to Glenda and Steve Hendrix for their support over the years.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America, National Headquarters, 375 Kings Highway North, Cherry Hill, New Jersey 08034.