Michael James Grayson

January 5, 2013

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Michael James “White Bear” Grayson, a widely respected and long-time member of the Pagans Motorcycle Club’s Mother Chapter, died the day after Christmas at Lewis Gale Hospital in Pulaski, Virginia. He was born in Philadelphia on October 24, 1944 and spent most of the last 30 years of his life in Virginia.

He was not charged in the most recent federal prosecution of the Pagans but his name did come up in the case as a man who distrusted and was contemptuous  of a federal informant named Ronnie Howerton.

White Bear Grayson was a Pagan for 42 years and he left behind him his own obituary. In a letter to his club brothers he wrote:

“I tip my Hat that I have been so Honored from Nov 18, 1978 to present day. To the new Brothers I wish only good. For without you it is finished. To each Pagan old and new thank you for your dedication – to so many, you know who you are. Some have heads like a Bastard Cat and all that have been privileged to have sat at my table square and round, to those who are responsible for 16 Broad Street I thank you. So drink hardy and no tears for I celebrate a great life. Now bury me the way I lived and celebrate my life. Michael ‘White Bear 1%13’ Grayson ‘DONE.’”

At the time of his death White Bear Grayson lived in Barren Springs, Virginia. He is survived by his wife, Anna Marie Lawson Grayson; his children, James William Grayson; Kathy Gray; Claudia Grayson-Karapinar; Hilary Raptis; and Jason Michael Grayson; his brothers Philip Grayson, William Grayson and Jack Grayson; and his sisters Liz Westerberg and Mary Jane Whelan.

He was buried in the Memorial Christian Church Cemetery in Draper, Virginia on December 29.

Many women wept for him. Many men remembered his integrity and courage.

Requiscant In Pace

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27 Responses to “Michael James Grayson”

  1. Marty Carey Says:

    Just got the news that Mike had passed and want to share some times about him. In 1990 I met Mike in Fairton FCI where we both worked in the cabinet shop. I was new, nieve and close to getting in trouble. But Mike stood up and pulled me aside giving me the understanding I didn’t have. After a year and a half in that shithole together, he never varied in his resolve. What a compassion in his heart he carried. I absolutely learned a lot from him and will remember him forever!!!!!!!

  2. FF Says:

    When I was a kid I read the book “Bury my heart and Wounded Knee”, by Dee Brown. I would read the passages of the Indian Chiefs who’s words had been transcribed and saved for posterity, over and over, and those people would come alive to me. You can laugh and make fun, but it was just like Jim Morrison described from his childhood about “indians scattered on a morning highway, a ghost crowds a young childs fragile eggshell mind”. When I went to Afghanistan and I saw the people there for the first time, the first thing that came to my mind was the American Indians, and what they must have looked like seeing them for the first time through Custer’s eyes.

    Anyway, what Rebel has here is a library for a culture as a living organism that is in it’s Autumn— one day, it will all be gone, just as all things must pass. And all that will remain for posterity will be what has been written, read, and commented on. And how those words were heeded, or not. There are some things and some people who transcend what, on the surface, they may seem to represent. The world is so much more larger than them, and time is no longer linear, but it is always now.

    I got this off another thread, it was written by White Bear:

    First, to many of the people who post on this site, I would like to say that I have a lot of respect for your opinions and knowledge of what is going on. As someone who has sat on more than I wanted too, to sit downs to try and do what you are suggesting the Major clubs get the past in the past and move into the 21st century. It will not work unless the people who are in charge can make the Brothers down the chain to understand that no altercations means just that; it is never going to happen until those in these clubs who hate because of things that happened before some of them were born need to put that aside. No one says go to dinner with someone you don’t want to. But in every meeting where it has been decided by both or all sides to put the past away, within short times of the meeting someone decides to go against what has been passed down and after too many times of words being broken it means nothing anymore and trust is gone. And if this continues it will be a sad outcome to those of us who have put our entire adult lives into making this the greatest life a free man can live and it will become memories to so many of us and the young Brothers will never get even a glimpse of what we had. It is time for Honorable men to come to terms with each other and mean what is being said: there is no I in Motorcycle Club. PL&R WB 1% 13



  3. big mike Knoxville Says:

    I did about four years with this man in beckly wv and have the up most respect for him was talking about him and started looking for him on the internet and fount this very sad much love and respect olman keep it in the wind.

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  5. Sieg Says:

    @broadsword. Or should I say BS?!

    if you’re gonna talk smack about a dead man, at least have the stones to do it under yer real name, not some comic book bullshit.

    5 TO 1

  6. broadsword Says:

    that guy was a little tyrant, napoleon complex, he was a cancer in that club, him an all those fucking idiots that like to hang out in cornfields and bully bros

  7. Sherrie D.. Says:

    I stumbled across this website.. Michael was a good friend; i’ve been gone 30yrs..so sad to hear..

    X-wife of a 13!!

  8. klepto P.M.C Says:

    We lost a great brother…rest in peace white bear..klepto ..

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  10. swampy Says:

    Great men lead by example. Condolences to the Pagans M.C. and family. With the highest regards and respect, swampy

  11. JMacK Says:

    RIP White Bear 1%er

    Condolences to his family and brothers


  12. Cap'n Bill Says:

    Rest In Peace

  13. PigPen Says:

    Condolences to the Family, Friends, and Brothers of White Bear 1%er.

  14. Tommy from Norristown Says:

    They say one man does not make a nation, but in this case White Bear 13 1% helped build the Pagan Nation. He is the true meaning of LPDP and PFFP. Love & Respect Tommy

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  16. Glenn S. Says:

    Condolences to the brothers and other loved ones of White Bear 13 1%.

  17. AVAGOVFFV Says:

    My sincere condolences on the passing of White Bear 13 1% to the Pagan Nation his family and others who suffered this loss.

    May your hearts heal swiftly and his memory last forever.

    Viva Los Vagos

  18. RVN69 Says:

    My most sincere condolences to the brothers, family and friends of White Bear 13 1%. He was well know and respected in the outlaw community. A true man who not only talked the talk, but walked the walk. May you ride in Peace forever with your brothers on the other side.

  19. Nailz Says:

    R.I.P. WhiteBear 1% 13!! The Valkyries have taken home a GREAT Warrior!!
    Much Love & Respects Nailz

  20. Jack Grayson Says:

    Michael James was truly a man of intelect, commitment, influence and destiny. You could not be in his presence without feeling the strenth and fortitude he poccesses, even now after his departer to the other side his memory, spoken and unspoken words,and his intentsity is thouching the hearts and lives of the ones of us who have been truly blessed. God bless,
    And thanks Michael for blieving in me long before anyone else or even myself did. I am missing you big.

  21. One Eye Says:

    Sincere condolences to the family, brothers and friends of White Bear. Ride free.

  22. Tiger Says:

    My condolences to White Bear’s Brothers and family. You were blessed by his presence while he was here, so follow his path and keep him near. A man that walked through life in his own way, should be celebrated each and every day. I will admit that I did not have the plessure to meet White Bear. I can tell he was a man among men. May his memory always be with the ones he loved. R.I.P. Tiger

  23. Jim666 Says:

    R.I.P White Bear 1%er, Condolences to family ,friends and his Pagan brothers,

  24. Snow Says:

    My condolences to the family, friends and the Pagan Nation on the loss of White Bear 13 1%. May he rest in piece.

  25. BigV Says:

    I knew someone who moved to NC and then VA when White Bear moved there. He said White Bear was a leader because he had a cool head when shit was going south, he knew to make the right decision instantly, and he was fearless and immovable. To wit, “You can’t blow him up, you can’t burn him out, and there ain’t enough bullets in all of Fayetteville to run him off. That’s what makes a man, and that’s what makes him a leader.”

    White Bear is in the place where men and women of honor and integrity and righteousness go when they die. There are no snitches there. There are no snivelers. There are no cops, no ex-cops, or retired cops, nor is there anyone else who sold out there fellow man.

  26. Sieg Says:

    May you sit in the Great Hall with all the warriors and enjoy an eternal feast with Wotan.

    R.I.P. White Bear 1%’er PMC

  27. Martin 1% Says:

    R.I.P. White Bear 13 1 % , Thank you Rebel for the mention of this great man , friend & Brother , he will truly be missed by all who had the pleasure & privilage to call him Brother , see you on the other side Brother , LPDP PFFP

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