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