Rose Grayson

Rose Marie Grayson

1953 - 2021

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Rose Marie Grayson, 68, of Lexington, SC, passed away on December 14, 2021. She was born on February 15, 1953 in Henderson, KY to Burt and Lucille Williams.

From KY, the family moved to Moncks Corner, SC, where her father was the pastor of First Baptist Church. When she was seven, the family then relocated to Dayton, OH. Rose graduated from Meadowdale High School, where she was involved in the drama programs. Her teacher saw something in her and encouraged her to pursue theater as her major when she attended Carson-Newman College in TN. And with more encouragement from her drama professor, she obtained a Master's Degree in Directing at the University of South Carolina.

Rose worried that she may have gotten a “useless” degree, but then found purpose using her skills in the Creative Arts Ministry with the South Carolina Baptist Convention. She was also the drama director for the long-running “Singing Christmas Tree” of Shandon Baptist Church. She was well known for her dramatic monologues of Corrie Ten Boom, Lottie Moon, the Innkeeper’s wife, and others.

Her children, Joshua and Jessalyn, were the blessings from her first marriage. Later, as a single parent, her love for reading led her to pursue a second Master’s Degree in Library Science and Information. She used her work in theater, combined with her love of reading, to continue to minister to children through storytelling and many other children’s programs as the Youth Services Librarian at the Cayce-West Columbia Library.  After 20 years at the library, she retired in August 2019.

In 1999, Rose married her loving husband, Weaver Grayson. No one would question Rose’s servant heart as she and Weaver cared for her aging parents nearly every weekend for five years. Rose may have retired from the library, but never stopped working, continuing to care for others.

Rose is survived by her husband, Weaver Grayson; her son, Joshua Crane (Erin), daughter Jessalyn Crane-Vuocolo (Sam); two grandchildren: Connor Crane, and Jacob Crane; three siblings: Gene Williams (Natasha), Carol Williams, and Dan Williams (Julie); niece, Kimberly O’Hara; nephews, Ryan O’Hara, and Balin Williams (Heidi); as well as many cousins and friends.

Visitation will be held Sunday, December 19, 2021 from 3:00-5:00pm at Thompson Funeral Home of Lexington, 4720 Augusta Rd, Lexington, SC 29073. A funeral service will be held at Green Hill Baptist Church, 1800 Augusta Highway, West Columbia, SC 29169 on Monday, December 20, 2021 at 10:00am. Interment will be at Fort Jackson National Cemetery, 4170 Percival Road, Columbia, SC on Tuesday, December 21, 2021 at 11:00am.

Memorials may be made to:

Pancreatic Cancer Research, via the American Cancer Society (800-227-2345)

Johns Hopkins Cancer Research (

Missions Ministry of Green Hill Baptist Church, 1800 Augusta Rd, West Columbia, SC 29169

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3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Sunday, December 19, 2021
Thompson Funeral Home of Lexington
4720 Augusta Road
Lexington, South Carolina, United States

Funeral Service

10:00 am
Monday, December 20, 2021
Green Hill Baptist Church
1734 Augusta Hwy.
West Columbia, South Carolina, United States


11:00 am
Tuesday, December 21, 2021
Fort Jackson National Cemetery
4170 Percival Road
Columbia, South Carolina, United States