Charles Ray “Mac” Grace

April 3, 1973, in Hollywood, California, Charles and Charlotte Grace were blessed with the birth of their own shining star, Charles Ray Jr.

 

God has always been at the forefront of his life. Charles Jr. was christened at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Wichita Falls, Texas. He received his First Communion and Confirmation at St. Benedict Catholic Church, also of Wichita Falls. In 1977, the Grace family relocated to the Houston area. Charles, affectionately nicknamed Chuck, succeeded at sports, namely baseball. He graduated from Willowridge High School in 1991 and also obtained an Associate Degree in Business from Schreiner College. He married his college sweetheart, Yolanda Michelle. Their union produced two beautiful sons who were the apples of their father’s eye, Charles Ray, III and Christian Shakur.

He was a family man who spent his time showering those around him with love. Chuck and Charles Sr.’s bond was unbreakable. His father always supported him in all ventures and dreams. He served as Charlotte’s backbone. She describes him as a confidant and easy to depend on. Their love was evident and evershowing. It’s how they both made it through some of life’s hardest times. His younger brother, Carlos (Los), always followed in his big brother’s shadow. Every time you saw one of the Grace boys, the other was not too far behind. From baseball to music to matching tattoos, the brothers were inseparable. His fiancée, Jacquelene Smith and her sons Lucci and Dion were very important to him as well. Jacquelene and Grace (as she called him) had unconditional love for each other.

To the rest of the world he was Grace. Dat Boy Grace. Macc Grace. Rapper/Friend. He first came on to the music scene as Dat Boy Grace. After some tough times and struggle, he decided he was no longer a “ boy” and became Macc Grace. Macc Grace played an integral part in the Houston rap family called Screwed Up Click. Screw music is a type of rap, native to Houston, created by founder, the late Robert E Davis, also known as DJ Screw. Macc Grace was inspired by Tupac Shakur’s lyrics, music, poetry, and life, so much that he named his youngest son Christian Shakur to pay homage. One of his most popular songs “Crumbs to Bricks”, was about turning his life around. Grace rapped about giving up the street life to pursue a career in music. Known as a great man, an encourager and an inspiration, the rap game will miss him. Grace’s pure heart was apparent in his music, which he used to be a voice for those who couldn’t’ be heard.

Precious moments will linger for those who are left behind: his fiancé: Jacquelene Smith and her sons Dion and Lucci, Yolanda Michelle, mother to his sons: Charles Ray III, Christian Shakur, his loving and supportive parents: Charles Sr. and Charlotte Grace, brother and best friend: Carlos Antonio Grace (Alexis Michelle), kinsmen: Screwed Up Clicc and Grace Boys Commission, nieces and nephews: Carlos Antonio Grace II, Cauzzi Avant Grace, Neco Raheem Isaac, Carmelo Anthony Grace, grandparents: Raymond Fulton Jones and Georgia Marie Jones. Bishop and Marie Grace, aunts and uncles: Alvin and Juanita Brown, Lemond and James Freeman, Edrena and Vincent Guillory, Betty Jones, Steve and Ramona Peters, Cedric and Stephanie Grace, Elvis Grace, Roy and Jackie Grace, Pat Grace, Ruth Davis, Betty and Charles Lewis, Shirley and Joe Johnson, Rita Fae Blakely, Marjorie and Lynsey Weston, Cherese and Harold Owens, and Larry Grace, first cousins: Rhonda Ramsour, Adrien Simon, Vanessa Guillory, Vincent L Guillory, Catrina Jones, Courtney Kellogg, Quincy Jones, Stephanie Jones, Monica Christiansen, Elvis Grace, Dedrick Johnson, CJ Johnson, Sergio Johnson, Treva Johnson, Stephanie Johnson, Nicholas Blakely, Farrah Blakely, Brett Grace, Kayla Grace, Akeba Grace, Brianna Grace, Brice Owens, Michelle Dulan, Rory Weston, Larry Grace Jr., Charles Edward Grace, Renee Grace, Nichole Grace, Dewayne Grace, REL, a friend for over years and his barber, George “Foe” Hempill, and a host of family, good friends, and supportive fans.

He had love for all of those around him. Instead of sadness, today we can smile because of his life. Lift up your head, and imagine him signing off with his signature “Huhmayne” one last time, knowing he is now in a place of peace.