John Stuart Gravely

February 1, 1967August 4, 2020

John Stuart Gravely, 53, of Dunwoody, GA, died on August 4. Born in Charleston, WV, he was an Eagle Scout and a graduate of Woodbury Forest School, Clemson University and the University of South Carolina School of International Business.

An accomplished entrepreneur, John was Founder and CEO of two different Atlanta based startup software companies, c360 Solutions and ClickDimensions. Professional associates considered him a role model, friend and an honest business leader.

His wife Kimberly McEwen Gravely, son Ethan Gravely and daughter Taylor Gravely survive John.

Also surviving are John’s mother, Robin Moule Gravely; his father William Schaum Gravely II and his wife Pamela; and his brother William Schaum Gravely III, his wife Morgan and their son Will. Additional survivors are his brother-in-law Travis McEwen, his wife Francine and their three children; and many cousins and close friends who will miss him dearly.

John will be remembered by all for his adventurous spirit and wonderful sense of humor. He loved hiking, biking, spearfishing, playing the guitar and traveling to many parts of the world.

A private memorial service will be held.

Memorials may be sent to: National Park Foundation at 1500 K Street NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20005. Or online:

Arrangements are by Mackey at Century Drive, Greenville, SC (


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Jon White

August 20, 2020

John was such a great guy. Super smart, fun to hang out with, great sense of humor. We had a great bike ride in the north GA mountains up Blood Mtn and Wild Cat near Vogel State Park in 2011.
As we were riding up Wild Cat a couple of guys passed us. They were dressed alike. Obviously, some pro riders. When we got to the top, John asked when do we feel the need to start dressing a like....we both laughed. We all had great time camping at Vogel State Park that weekend. Ethan and Taylor were so fun and John told me often how he had loved camping with his family and all the parks they went to. I'm heartbroken. Rest in Peace my friend.

Carrie Pomian

August 16, 2020

1996. Greenville, SC. Datastream Systems.

My co-worker John Gravely sent me an email asking "Who is your 'McFRIEND'? I want to meet her!" I smiled realizing he was referring to Kim McEWEN, one of my best college friends and sorority sisters who had just started working at Datastream. Fast forward to December 11, 1999 when Kim and John got married and I had the absolute privilege of being Maid of Honor in their wedding.

We remained close throughout the years as our kids grew up together. We shared so many fun adventures including Costa Rica, annual Myrtle Beach trips, and most recently Lake Keowee. We always walked away from our fun times together with our mouths hurting the next day because we were laughing so hard! I still hear John saying 'Merica!

John will be missed not only for his sense of humor and adventure, but also for what he taught our children. Whether it was the Onewheel on the beach or lacrosse game in the backyard or wakesurfing behind the boat..."Mr John" as our kids called him was always there to listen, teach, and be patient.

Let us hold close to our hearts the adventures and hilarious memories we have as our lives were that much richer with our dear friend John Gravely in it.

Love you Kim, Ethan, and Taylor...we are here for you FOREVER!

Paul Ledbetter

August 15, 2020

Sad to hear this and will hold the memories of John's wisdom, passion, drive, and appreciation for interacting with others. His success professionally was impressive enough but his love for family and peers was equally respected. He took on challenges with the enthusiasm of a twenty something and the wisdom of a fifty something. Best to his family and friends. - Paul

Brian Demoe

August 15, 2020

I worked with John for more than 15 years. He was a friend and an incredible person. He will be missed.

Brian Demoe

Louis Dessau

August 14, 2020

I met John in Buenos Aires in 1995 while he was on internship with Arthur Andersen. His Spanish was excellent and he was doing a great job adjusting to the culture in Argentina as part of his academic requirements with the Master of International Business Studies program. It seems he could balance work, studies, and life as he went on to marry another student in the MIBS program, Kim with whom he had to children. John went on to start two high tech companies and based himself in Atlanta. He was very successful and in a subsequent visit was just as kind and down to earth as the first time I met him. So very sorry and shocked to learn of his passing but will celebrate what he did achieve while I knew him. R.I .P.

Brett Meyer

August 13, 2020

I was deeply saddened to learn of the loss of John this morning. I have known John for many years. Both of us were old timers who got to experience Microsoft CRM 1.0. I also had the opportunity to work with him at Scribe as we developed and marketed the new Great Plain integration. Then when he started ClickDImensions my organization was one of the first to become a partner. I had many conversations over the years with John and always awed at what he had done. He will be missed as one of the greatest Microsoft innovators of all times.

My condolences go out to Kim and the kids, I know what a great family man he was and that he will be sorely missed.

Drago Eterovic

August 13, 2020

Very sad to wake up today with this notice, I met John about 15 years ago in one the Microsoft conferences and he definitely was one of the most talented, honest, humble and nice entepreneurs I’ve ever met.
He was the super MS Dynamics CRM Add-On man!!
To all his family our thoughts and bless from Chile, where he was pemanently invited to come.

Warren O'Reilly

August 13, 2020

What a loss, John was absolutely one on the best innovators nd an amazing person I have met and worked with in my Tech career.
Condolences to John's family and peeps that are left behind 🙏

Debbie Harsha Birckhead

August 12, 2020

John was a high school friend of my brother’s in Charleston WV. It didn’t take long for John to become a part of our family. We all loved him and we are sharing sadness today as we learned of his passing. We are blessed to have known him and will never forget that smile.

Kevin Eichelberger

August 12, 2020

Where to begin... John was such a positive influence on me - more than he ever realized. John was the model character of a person that I looked to and said "this is what being a man really is" - not just how he handled himself professionally, but also personally. John inspired me as an entrepreneur, in a different way than most. Entrepreneurship can be a flashy, trendy, cool thing in a lot of circles and it's easy to be drawn into the allure of the cache that can come along with it. John never succumbed to that, he was always grounded, always centered around his family, honest, and always humble - despite the incredible success he found professionally, and personally.

While I learned a great deal from John (more than I can share here) - I think of this nearly every day - how I embody the example that John set for me and so many others through his character. I'm thankful for the relationship I had with John through the years as he continued to serve as a mentor to me, to this very day.

To Kim and the family, our thoughts and condolences go out to you, I know John's spirit will continue to live on through you and the kids - which is ultimately his greatest accomplishment to the world and one that I know he was proudest of.