Grayson Sherrell

Grayson Ward Sherrell
SHERRELL KERNERSVILLE - Grayson Ward Sherrell, 6, of 1701 Willa Place Drive, Kerners-ville, died Friday, Aug. 8, 2008, in Gastonia. He was born June 25, 2002, at Myrtle Beach, S.C., son of Roger Ward Sherrell and Donna Saunders Sherrell. He was active in church, having attended The Summit Church in Kernersville and Davis Memorial Baptist Church with his grandparents in Gastonia. He was a rising first-grader at Cash Elementary School in Kernersville. Grayson' s family wishes to extend their heartfelt gratitude to all of his teachers and tutors, to the Hasty family and the emergency and law enforcement personnel for their efforts. He was preceded in death by a brother, Carson Robert Sherrell; and an uncle, Derick Saunders. In addition to his parents, he is survived by a sister, Mahala Sherrell of the home; maternal grandparents Robert and Betty Saunders of Gastonia; paternal grandparents Robert and Jan Sherrell of Kernersville and Concha Mercado Sherrell of Las Vegas, Nev.; Uncle Bob and Aunt Janice Sherrell of High Point; Uncle Brian and Aunt Nicole Wright of Monroe; Uncle Aaron and Aunt Jena Wright of Fayetteville; and Uncle Ronnie and Aunt Ashley Jessup of Wilkesboro; great-aunt Cathy Wilson of Kings Mountain; special cousin Brandy Costner; and a host of other cousins. Funeral services will be conducted at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 12, in the chapel of Howell Funeral Home, with the Revs. Jonathan Robbins, Ronnie Griffie and San Juan Timmons officiating. The family will receive friends from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 12, in the Magnolia Room at the funeral home, and other times at the home of Robert and Betty Saunders, 3616 Raven Hill Drive, Gastonia. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Grayson' s donations at, so his gift of therapy and tutoring can continue to help others with autism. Condolence messages may be shared with the family at Words cannot even begin to describe how truly wonderful and precious Grayson was. He was a beloved son, big "Brubee" and the joy and delight of his grandparents' lives. In his six short years with us, he touched so many lives with his love and actions. He was our angel! Everything about him was to a different beat of the drum, starting off with an early arrival in Myrtle Beach. Doted on by all of his extended family, he was our little Bucky Boo. He was "smart as a whip" and knew his alphabet and phonetic sounds at age 2, although he couldn' t say them. Even though he was diagnosed with autism at 3, he regained his voice and soon was saying those sounds and other words as well. He was no stranger to anyone and loved to climb, jump and especially swing. He enjoyed sitting in the ocean and letting the waves roll around him as well as riding them. Grayson loved school, riding the bus and feeling the wind on his face as he drove his tractor or rode in Paw Paw' s truck. He always had a beautiful smile for you and the most infectious giggle. His mischievous brown eyes lit up any room. He would come and snuggle and love on you at any given time, and that will be missed so very much. He had so many teachers and tutors that he loved and who loved him. Every day, he taught us something new and was constantly amazing us by accomplishing things we never thought he would be able to do. Most importantly, he taught us how to say "I Love You" without speaking a word. We will miss him as long as we have breath. He was loved and adored by all who knew him. We were so proud of our rising first-grader, and our hearts ache because of all the love we have for you. We could go on and on, but it could never express what Grayson truly meant to us. Right now, all we do know, is that Grayson is with Jesus in Heaven and probably enjoying eating his favorites: M&M' s, Oreos, powdered doughnuts and cinnamon Altoids. We love you always, Grayson.

Grayson's Moments


Letters from the Parents

These two letters were written at different times. One was written during his life. The other letter was written after his passing.