MR. JACKSON LEE GRADY
LaGRANGE, Ga. — Jackson Lee Grady, a resident of LaGrange, Ga. since the year 2000, died Thursday, January 25, 2018.
A native of Chambers County, Ala., Mr. Grady was born on his family’s farm. He was the son of John Morgan Grady and Anne Italia Matthews Grady. Jack was a graduate of and played football at Lanett High School. He was a World War II Veteran. He joined the U.S. Navy immediately upon graduation from Lanett High School and served as a Quartermaster aboard ship in the South Pacific in 1945 and 1946.
Mr. Grady began his forty-year career with the Boy Scouts of America in Anniston, Ala. immediately upon graduation from college in 1949. In 1950 he was united in marriage to Jean Jones of the Lanett-West Point area, and they were married for 67 years. Jean was a strong encourager and supporter throughout Jack’s career. He served at the community level in Sylacauga and Gadsden, Ala. then was promoted to Scout Executive positions in Alexandria, La. and Montgomery, Ala. His career took him and his family to Memphis where he served as assistant regional Scout Executive then to Atlanta where he was the regional personnel director for 12 southeastern states. In 1977, Jack was promoted to a key personnel position at the national headquarters in suburban Dallas, Texas and five years later he assumed the top personnel position where he directed the full personnel and professional training responsibilities for 7,000 employees.
Following his retirement in 1990, Jack and his wife Jean returned to the Memphis area in order to be nearer their children and grandchildren. While there he served as president of the Memphis Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution, and in 1999 he was elected state president of the Tennessee society of this patriotic organization. The Memphis Boy Scout Council awarded him the Silver Beaver Award, the highest tribute a local Scout Council can present to a volunteer leader.
Jack Grady was a church leader throughout his adult life, and while in retirement Jack served on the church staff at Germantown, Tenn. as senior adult director. He retired from that position in the year 2000 when he and his wife returned to the Alabama-Georgia area. In LaGrange, they have been active members of the First Baptist Church on the Square. Jack served as chairman of the Senior Adult Committee of the church for five years and for fifteen years was editor of the Senior Adult newsletter that was mailed each month to more than 300 older adults in the church. He also taught a Sunday School class for senior adult men and was a member of the Church Archives and History Committee.
Jack was a Rotarian for fourteen years prior to moving to LaGrange. After returning to the Alabama-Georgia area he was a volunteer at Callaway Gardens. For seven years he was a member of the training faculty and provided training for the more than 600 volunteers at the Gardens. He was a member of the LaGrange Chapter of the National Society, Sons of the American Revolution, and served as a volunteer at the Museum on Main in downtown LaGrange for several years. For three years he also served as a board member of the Chattahoochee Valley Historical Society.
In addition to his wife, Jean Jones Grady, he leaves a daughter, Laura Grady Stevenson (Kent) of Maryville, Tenn., a son, Lee Grady (Deborah) of LaGrange, Ga. He also leaves seven grandchildren including John Stevenson (Ruth), Katie Cagle (Jeremy) and Joshua Stevenson (Carrie); also Margaret Grady Turner (Richard), Meredith Grady Legg (Sven); Gloria Grady Schmidt (Clayton) and Charlotte Grady.
At the present time there are six great grandchildren: Claire Stevenson, Emily Stevenson, Grady Turner, Hananiah Turner, Jeremiah Cagle and Jason Cagle. There is one surviving sister, Anne Grady Miller, a resident of both Ann Arbor, Mich. and West Point, Ga. In addition to his parents a brother, Col. John W. Grady and sisters Margaret Grady Smith and Ruth Grady Gunn preceded him in death.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, January 27, 2018 at First Baptist Church on the Square in LaGrange. Burial followed at the Marseilles Cemetery in West Point. The gathering of family and friends took place from 1 to 2 p.m. on Saturday at the church.
Those wishing to share a condolence or remembrance with the family may do so by visiting www.shlagrange.com.
Arrangements were by Striffler-Hamby Mortuary, 1010 Mooty Bridge Road, LaGrange, GA 30240 (706) 884-8636.