James F. Grayson, III

Picture of Special Agent James F. Grayson, III
Date of Birth: 
Date of Death: 
January 10, 1976
Location of Death: 
Columbia, SC
Image of the Department of the Treasury, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms badge

Circumstances of Death

Special Agent James "Jimmie" Fulton Grayson was killed in an automobile accident in Columbia, SC, while on official duty.


Agent Grayson joined ATF on January 26, 1970. He served at offices in Georgia and South Carolina. Agent Grayson was a well known and noted expert pistol shooter and participated in competitive pistol matches throughout the nation. Previously, Jimmie proudly served in the U.S. Coast Guard from 1962-1970. He was a graduate of the University of South Carolina (Columbia) and a member of the Kappa Alpha Fraternity. He enjoyed flying and held a private pilot’s license with a multi-engine (land and sea) rating. Jimmie also enjoyed playing sports, especially softball.


Agent Grayson was born in Florence, SC. He was survived by his wife, Cookie; their son, James Fulton Grayson, IV and daughter, Elisabeth Anne Grayson-Mills.

Associated Artifacts: 
The Swainsboro Forest-Blade news article, dated November 17, 1971, with the headline, Arrest Local Man Agents Raid Illicit Still
Swainsboro Forest-Blade news article with headline, We're Not Number One! Emanuel County Loses Title as Moonshine Capital
Swainsboro Forest-Blade page with image of Alcohol, Tobacco Tax and Firearms Division special investigators looking at a jug of confiscated non-tax whiskey.
Swainsboro Forest-Blade with headline, Two Men Arrested at Illicit Liquor Still Site
Swainsboro Forest-Blade news article, dated December 22, 1971, with the headline, Federal, state agents arrest six area men.
Swainsboro Forest-Blade with the headline, Arrest Three Men, Agents Destroy Illicit Still
Letter from Congressman L. Mendel Rivers thanking James Grayson, III for the barbecue given in his honor.
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