William (Billy) Wayne Grayson

November 10, 1972 - August 18, 2023


Obituary For William (Billy) Wayne Grayson

William (Billy) Wayne Grayson, 50, of Raleigh, NC, passed away in his home on Friday, August 18, 2023. He is preceded in death by his loving husband, Jack Edward Finley, brother Lee Robert Grayson, paternal grandfather William Toy Grayson, maternal grandparents Annie Ruth Taylor & Doyt Lee Robert Taylor, and Uncle James Larry Taylor. He left behind his parents, Dennis Wayne Grayson and Catherine Taylor Grayson of Oak Island, NC and Shelby, NC, his sister Hope Grayson Ryan of Marion, SC, his nephew Jon Casey Ryan of Columbia, SC, and his loving companion Zoey. He is also survived by his paternal grandmother Earleen Bingham Grayson of Shelby, NC, his aunts Jane Grayson of Charlotte, NC, Cynthia Grayson of Shelby, NC, and Uncle Gene Grayson of Shelby and their children.

He graduated from the North Carolina State University and retired from Workplace Options in Raleigh, NC (2022), where he was the Global Finance Director for 16 years. Billy was an avid supporter of the local theatre and Fine Arts, and a generous contributor to multiple charities and causes. He was also a member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church. His kindness, generosity, and humor stand out as the key attributes for which he will always be remembered. Billy loved to travel, go on cruises, spend time at the beach with his parents, and all forms of the arts and theatre. Most of all, he loved his late husband Jack, his faithful dog Zoey, and his nephew, Casey, who was the apple of his eye. He loved his family and friends, and they loved him. He will live in our hearts forever.

A memorial service for friends and family will be held at Renaissance Funeral Home. He will be interred to his eternal resting place in Cleveland County, NC at a later date. Please contact the family directly for further details.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The North Carolina Theatre (Raleigh, NC) or The Southern Siberian Rescue (Raleigh, NC).


27 Aug


02:00 PM

Renaissance Funeral Home 7615 Six Forks Road Raleigh, NC 27615 Get Directions »
27 Aug

Funeral Service

03:00 PM

Renaissance Funeral Home 7615 Six Forks Road Raleigh, NC 27615 Get Directions »
by Obituary Assistant

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  • September 03, 2023

    Wayne and Catherine, You are all still in my prayers. Love Janet

  • August 25, 2023

    You and Jack were two of our closest friends and you are both so missed! We find peace in knowing you are together again and that love always wins. We'll cling to all the wonderful memories we shared and you'll never be forgotten. Rest in peace dear friend.

  • August 24, 2023

    Rest in peace dear friend. You and Jack are together forever 💔

  • August 24, 2023

    Such a sweetheart! Missing Billy (and Jack), but so thankful you were a part of my life. Rest in Peace.

  • August 23, 2023

    My thoughts and prayers are with the family of my dear classmate Billy Grayson. May the love and peace of God comfort your heart during the difficult days and nights. RIP my friend.

  • August 23, 2023

    Such a great guy who was always kind and loving. He will be missed. RIP Billy.


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