Rayford Leon Gist, Sr.
February 5th, 1937 - October 3rd, 2017
Rayford Leon Gist, age 80, of Zip City passed away at his home surrounded by family on Tuesday, October 3, 2017. Visitation will be Thursday, October 5, from 6:00–9:00 at Spry-Williams Funeral Home. The service will be Friday October 6, at 12:00 noon in the funeral home chapel with Bro. Jerry Campbell officiating. Burial will be at Jessie’s Garden.
Mr. Gist worked hard for many years as a self-employed business owner and a construction foreman. He was very active in the Zip City community as a founder of the Zip City Fire Department and Chairman of Chisholm Heights Water Department. He was very passionate about his Native American Heritage with The Cherokee Nation. He loved spending his free time riding his Honda Goldwing trike across the U.S. with his beloved wife.
Mr. Gist is preceded in death by his parents, Isom and Dean Gist, brother, Jimmy Gist, and great grandchildren, Braxton and baby Harville.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Mrs. Faye Thornton Gist, sister, Sue Ahonen (Carl), sons, Rayford Leon Gist Jr. (Teresa) and Ronnie Gist, daughter, Rejetta Bowman (Mark) grandchildren, Brandy Harville (Neil), R.J. Gist (Candace), Brittany Gist and Mackenzie Scott, great grandchildren, Bailey Gist, Anna Harville, and Greyson Hope.
Pallbearers will be Ronnie Gist, R.J. Gist, Mackenzie Scott, Steve Watkins, Mike Bradley, and Daryl Ahonen.
Honorary Pallbearers will be Mark Butler, and Sammy Martin.
The family would like to thank his friends who stayed by his side during his illness and also a special thank you to Alacare Hospice, Dr. Jonathan Parker and his staff.
Service at 12:00 PM at Spry~Williams Funeral Home on Friday, October 6th, 2017