R. D. Gist, 85, died April 22, 2017 in Aransas Pass, Texas at a nursing home.
The son of the late Gemie (Donald) and Otha Davis Gist, R. D. was born on December 3, 1931 in Potosi, Texas. He was a graduate of both Eula High School and Hardin-Simmons University. A U.S. Army veteran, R. D. entered military service in 1953, was stationed in Korea, and was Honorably Discharged in 1955. He was a Baptist.
R. D. had a career as a steel drafter, estimator and salesman, having worked for Central Texas Iron Works in Abilene, Falcon Steel in Fort Worth, and W & W Steel in Oklahoma City, OK. After his retirement in 1996, he moved to Port Aransas, Texas.
He is survived by his sister, Willadean Brock and husband Bill of Sweetwater, Texas; niece, Marsha Ramey; nephews and spouses, Greg Brock and Debbie, Kenneth Brock and Cathy, and Keith Brock and Becky; numerous great-nieces and great nephews; and cousins, R. B. Donald and Gail Curtis.
A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, May 6, in Potosi Cemetery with Rev. David Cason officiating. Arrangements are by The Hamil Family Funeral Home, 6449 Buffalo Gap Road, Abilene.
Memorials may be made to the Potosi Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 6323, Abilene, TX 79608.
The family first began in the funeral business in 1933. The Hamil's legacy, beginning with the Elliott's to John and Jo Ann Hamil and now continuing with Robert and Karla Hamil, is to serve families in their time of need.