Fay Cozart Grayson
Published October 28, 2013 9:35am by
Funeral services for Fay Cozart Grayson, age 101 of Round Rock, formerly of Seminole, were held Monday, October 21, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. at First Baptist Church with Pastor Ned Nugent officiating. Burial followed at Gaines County Cemetery. All services are under the direction of Boyer Funeral Home of Seminole.
Mrs. Grayson passed away Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at Hearthstone Health Center in Round Rock.Born April 3, 1912, near Nimrod, on a farm settled by her great-grandparents in 1880, she was the daughter of the late William Preston Cozart and Ethel Stokes Cozart.
Fay attended the Cozart No. 2 School, which was named after her great-grandfather who donated the land for the school. She enjoyed telling about her family’s adventure of moving to Lynn County in covered wagons as her job was to keep the livestock rounded up during the trip. After several years, her family bought a place in Dawson County. Being sensible people, they built the barn first and lived in it until the house was finished. She attended Higginbotham School and later graduated from Lamesa High School. Fay married David Grayson in 1935 in Lamesa. They made their first home in Fresno, California and at a later time, they lived in Jackson, Mississippi and New Orleans until WWII ended. In 1946, they moved to Seminole, which remained their home for 45 years until they moved to Burnet, in 1991.
Fay was a talented woman with many varied interests. She was an outstanding seamstress and owned and operated Grayson’s Fabric Mart on Seminole’s Main Street for over 20 years. She was also an accomplished artist, winning awards for her oil paintings. She loved gardening and is remembered by many for her beautiful flowers. After David sold his full-service filling station, he and Fay purchased an RV and enjoyed traveling around Texas, mostly with the idea of finding the "ideal” fishing hole. Above all, she was a loving wife to her husband of 73 years, mother and grandmother and will be missed by all those whose lives she affected.
After David’s death in 2008, Fay and her beloved dog, Suzy, lived with her daughter and son-in-law in Austin, where she remained until her death. She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, David Grayson; a son, Jerry Grayson; two sisters, Christine Lee and Lois O’Brien; three brothers, Logan Cozart, William "Boots” Cozart, and Glenn Cozart; and one grandson, Stephen Grayson.
She is survived by one son, Gordon Grayson and wife Joan of Seminole; two daughters, Shirley McMasters and husband Robert of Austin, Carol McClinton and husband Paul of Waco; seven grandchildren, Kelly Guthmueller and husband Rodney of Denton, Christi Burdsal and husband John of Seminole, Janet Merwin and husband Peter of Houston, Julia Bishop and husband Cory of Houston, Amanda Correa and husband James of Roundrock, Matt McClinton and wife Denise of Waco, Melinda Townsend and husband Chip of N. Lauderdale, Florida; one granddaughter-in-law, Valri Grayson of Artesia, New Mexico; 14 great-grandchildren, Erin Grayson Whittingham, Heath Grayson, Rachel Guthmueller, Melissa Beasley, David Guthmueller, Jonathan Warlick, Myka Warlick, Ian Correa, Isaac Merwin, Caden Bishop, Phoebe Bishop, Lucy McClinton, Christopher Townsend, Haley Townsend; eight great-great-grandchildren, Grayson and Elijah Whittingham, Tyler and Tray Beasley, Jase and Avery Warlick, Mando and Freddie Gamboa-Grayson.