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Dean Allen Grayson, 64
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Dean Allen Grayson, 64, of McMinnville passed from this life peacefully Thursday, May 2, at Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital in Murfreesboro, surrounded by his children and family.

Dean was born Sunday, May 16, 1954 in McMinnville, the son of the late Ossie Grayson. A 1973 graduate of Warren County High School, he was a four-year member of the Warren County High School basketball team and participated in numerous school activities. He was known as star basketball player and trash-talker. Basketball and trash-talking came hand in hand.

If there is anyone in life that enjoyed a good party, it was Dean. He was known for being the life of the party with his witty personality and contagious laugh. He was truly a person who set out to annoy you.

Dean was an avid sports fan. He was an even larger fan of his children in anything they did. In 1978, he married his one true love Nathana Grayson with whom they had three girls Marlena, Jessica, and Deanna. He loved his family and was very proud of his children. He had a life-long affair with music, singing, dancing, playing the harmonica, cards (spades) and sports. He didn’t run for political office, but was known as the “unofficial” Mayor of McMinnville. He will be incredibly missed by all who loved him. 

Dean is survived by his daughters Marlena Lusk and husband Rick, Jessica Grayson, grandson Antwaun Vaughn, brother Steven Roberts, two aunts Lillie Lee Kennedy, Magnolia Solomon and husband Harold, special friends ex-wife Nathana Grayson and Fred Locke Jr., and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. 

Dean was preceded in death by his mother Ossie Lee Grayson; daughter Deanna Renea Grayson, grandmother Susie Foster Grayson, aunt Francis McKinley, and three uncles Thurman Grayson, Willie Lee Grayson, and Hershel Hudson.

Funeral service will be 6 p.m. Thursday at East End Drive Church of Christ located at 229 East End Drive McMinnville. Online condolences may be made to the family at

Southern Standard

(McMinnville, Tenn.) May 8, 2019