Ruby Belle Jamison Gist and William Jack Gist

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Ruby Belle Jamison Gist, age 89, of Tyler, passed from her earthly life and into the arms of her Lord and Savior in the mid-afternoon hours of Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012, at the Hamptons at Pine Forest in Tyler.

She was born on Oct. 18, 1923, in Austin to Jesse Forbes and Emma Belle Purser Jamison; they preceded her in death. Ruby attended the University of Texas and played violin in the Austin Symphony. She married the love of her life and lifelong best friend, William Jack Gist, on March 6, 1945, at her parents' home in Austin. After 67 years of marriage and a lifetime of memories, Jack passed away peacefully within hours of learning of his beloved wife's passing.

Ruby loved being a homemaker, but her greatest joy came from being a wife, mother and grandmother. She also enjoyed reading, crocheting and bird watching. She was a member of Green Acres Baptist Church and the Care and Share Sunday School Class. Before moving to Tyler in 2000, she was an active member of Crestview Baptist Church in Georgetown, where she taught Sunday school, sang in the choir and served on various committees.

Ruby is survived by two children, James Michael Gist and wife Suzy, of Duncan, Okla., and Kathy Ann Roper and husband Phil, of Dallas; grandchildren, Lindsay Leigh Toth, Jarrett Cade Gist, Geoffrey Ryan Roper, Lauren Elizabeth Roper, Amy Michele Gist and Michael Vance Gist; and by great-grandchildren, Carson James Toth and Caleb Knox Gist.

She also was preceded in death by one son, William Jack Gist Jr.; two brothers, John Jamison and Jesse Jamison Jr.; one sister, Elsie Jamison; and one grandson, William Patrick Gist.

Services for Jack and Ruby Gist will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012, at Lloyd James Funeral Home with Dr. Darryle Dunks officiating. Burial will follow at Cathedral in the Pines Cemetery. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the funeral service Saturday morning.

William Jack Gist, age 91, of Tyler, passed from his earthly life and into the arms of his Lord and Savior in the late evening hours of Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012, at Mother Frances Hospital in Tyler. Jack was born on Aug. 28, 1921, in Winnsboro to William Vance and Ruth Rebecca Mattox Gist; they preceded him in death. Jack attended college at East Texas State University and the University of Texas. He proudly joined the United States Army in 1942, served his country as a first lieutenant and saw combat in France, where he earned a Purple Heart. Jack married his sweetheart, Ruby Belle Jamison, on March 6, 1945, at her parents' home in Austin. After 67 years of marriage and a lifetime of memories, Ruby passed away on Dec. 19, 2012.

Jack retired from Steck Publishing and Printing as an administrative executive after 21 years of dedicated service. He was a member of Green Acres Baptist Church and was a member of the Care and Share Sunday School Class. Before moving to Tyler in 2000, he was an active member and a deacon of Crestview Baptist Church in Georgetown. Jack was a role model for all who had the privilege of knowing him. He was a very strong and stoic man who had a very sensitive side, especially when it came to his beloved family. Though he was a strict father who never wavered, he had a sense of humor and gentle touch that would always comfort his loving children. Jack was a true World War II gentleman and a proud family man, who will be missed by all who knew him.

Jack is survived by two children, James Michael Gist and wife Suzy, of Duncan, Okla., and Kathy Ann Roper and husband Phil, of Dallas; grandchildren, Lindsay Leigh Toth, Jarrett Cade Gist, Geoffrey Ryan Roper, Lauren Elizabeth Roper, Amy Michele Gist and Michael Vance Gist; and by great-grandchildren, Carson James Toth and Caleb Knox Gist.

He was also preceded in death by one son, William Jack Gist Jr.; one sister, Martha Ruth Cobb; and one grandson, William Patrick Gist.

Services for Jack and Ruby Gist will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012, at Lloyd James Funeral Home with Dr. Darryle Dunks officiating. Burial will follow at Cathedral in the Pines Cemetery. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the funeral service Saturday morning.

Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on Dec. 23, 2012
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