Richard Swearingen Gracy, Jr.

  • Born: September 11, 1930
  • Died: March 23, 2019
  • Location: Austin, Texas

Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home North

3125 N Lamar Blvd.
Austin, TX 78705
Tel. (512) 452-8811

Tribute & Message From The Family

Richard Swearingen Gracy, Jr., 88, passed away peacefully on March 23, 2019 at his home in Austin surrounded by his loving family. He was born September 11, 1930 in Austin, Texas to Richard S. and Helen Wiginton Gracy. He grew up on the family farm in North Austin in an area now known as Gracy Woods. He is survived by his beloved wife Mary Gayle Walker Gracy of Austin.

Dickie was a lifelong dairyman and after graduating from Austin High School in 1949 he attended Texas A&M University. As a member of the Fightin' Texas Aggie Corps of Cadets, "A" Company Athletics he played football for the 1949 A&M Fish Football Team and helped shutout the highly favored t.u. shorthorns that year. He was favored for the 1950 varsity football squad at A&M but after learning his father fell ill he returned to his home in Austin to run the family dairy. He later served on the Pflugerville school board from 1967-1982.

When the homes in Gracy Woods started closing in he closed the dairy and made a move where he later found his true passion, his and Mary's exotic animals at their ranch in Henly, TX. He had many exotic animals which included addax, oryx, elk, blackbuck, axis, waterbuck, llamas, zebus, and his favorite, the zebras, especially Jenna.

He is preceded in death by two children, John Lance Gracy and Kathy Lynn Gracy; and his parents.

He is survived by three children, Rick Gracy of Austin, Debra Gracy of Boerne and Matthew Gracy and wife Annette of Midland. Surviving grandchildren are Sheri Walls of Boerne, Nicole Brooks and husband Nick of Kingsland, Ryan Gracy of Austin, Lance Gracy of San Antonio and Kyle Gracy of Dripping Springs. Surviving great grandchildren are Mason, Avery, and Owen Brooks and Marshall Walls.

He is also survived by his extended family of Judy and Tim Lee of Austin, Russell and DyAnna Robinson of Lexington, Dylan "The Mouse" and Katie Lee of Magnolia, Rustin, Kacee, Railey and Rennan Robinson of Lexington, a special sister in law Linda Walker Walden of Buda, niece Teresa Stephens of Buda and very special friends, Danny Turner and his wife Brenda of Johnson City.

The family expresses their gratitude to the staff at Texas Home Health Hospice, especially Ginny, Elise, Rose and Francis

Pallbearers are Dylan Lee, Rustin Robinson, Danny Turner, Jake Walls, Kyle Gracy, and Richard Webb.

Visitation will be 5:00 pm-7:00 pm on Thursday, March 28 at Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home. Funeral services will be at 11:00 am Friday, March 29, at Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home with interment following in Oakwood Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Texas A&M Veterinary school in his name.


Condolence & Memory Journal

I never knew Mr. Gracy, but I live in the neighborhood that bears his name. I feel very fortunate to see Guinea Hens and huge heritage oaks every day as well as the restored farmhouse. I can imagine what it must have been like when it was a dairy farm and I imagine he influenced the original builders to preserve as many of the incredible old trees and the picturesque creek. Rest in Peace.

Posted by joseph falco - austin, TX - Neighbor   November 07, 2019

I am so sorry that I did not know this until yesterday Mary. We do not get the Austin paper - although I guess that's not a good reason.
With love & respect and a world of prayers to you & the Family,

Sharon Finger

Posted by Sharon Finger - Blanco, TX   May 10, 2019

Dickie and I had an odd relationship, but there was always love between us. I will remember to water the grass. Love & miss you.

Posted by Judy Lee - Austin, TX - Friend   March 25, 2019


Our family is so sorry that Mr.Dickie Gracy has passed on to the eternal life of heaven. He will be missed by everyone that knew him. He was a kind solze that loved his animals and his Ranch like no other. We will miss each Christmas as we spent most Christmas Eves together laughing and playing Christmas games. We'll miss you so much but understand it was your turn to walk with the Lord. I pray that each family member will be at peace with his passing with love in your heart. We especially have Mary Gracy in our prayers as he was the love of her life.

Posted by Russell & Dy Anna Robinson - Blue - Family   March 25, 2019

Dickie and I had a special kind of odd relationship, but we both knew we were loved. I will keep watering the grass. Love and miss you.

Posted by Judy Lee - Austin, TX - Family   March 25, 2019

My thoughts and prayers go with Mary and the family. Dickie was a very special person and I know he will be missed, but also believe he is now in a better place. Love to each of you. Doc

Posted by Sue Bridges - Lakeway, TX - Family Friend   March 24, 2019


Mr. Gracy, you will be sorely missed, I think about the times I fished listen to your great stories, feeding & learning about your exotics. I will missed the lovely phone calls, laughing with you about your phone system in the later years. If any of your family I will be there for them. Your takings part of my heart ❤ with you. I hope some day on another playing field we will talk about our old days! Have a good flight my special friend!

Posted by Charlie Brown - Daiisy, OK - Friend   March 24, 2019

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