Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Goodbye Papa Grist

I post this as I cry. I miss him already.

September 29, 1931 - September 21, 2011 William “Bill” Grist, 79 of Paris, Arkansas passed away on Wednesday, September 21, 2011 in Paris. He was born on September 29, 1931 in Subiaco to his parents Mose and Gracie (Burt) Grist. He was a member of St. Benedict Catholic Church in Subiaco, member of the Knights of Columbus, a retired and Decorated Vietnam veteran of the United States Air Force. He retired from ten years of service with GSA and was best known as establishing the 911 service in Logan County during his four terms as Logan County Judge in which he also received numerous gubenatorial awards.

Bill is preceded in death by his parents, Mose and Gracie Grist and two brothers, Harold and Cecil Grist.

Bill is survived by his wife of 56 years, Patricia (Willems) Grist of Paris, four daughters, Barbara O’Neill and husband Frank of Spokane, Washington, Kathleen Lathrop and husband Philip of Graham, Washington, Cynthia Jerome and husband Vince of Kansas City, Kansas and Judith Deatherage and husband Todd of Annandale, Virginia, one son Edward Grist and wife Linda of Bonney Lake, Washington, one sister Lila Mae Richardson of Pasco, Washington, one brother Clayton “Snooks” and Lila Mae Grist of Charleston, fifteen grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

Memorial Rosary will be held at 7:45 P.M., on Friday, September 23, 2011 at St. Benedict Catholic Church in Subiaco.

Memorial Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Saturday, September 24, 2011 at St. Benedict Catholic Church in Subiaco officiated by Abbot Jerome Kodell O.S.B. and Fr. Aaron Pirrera O.S.B.. Burial will follow at St. Benedict Catholic Cemetery in Subiaco with full military honors under the direction of Roller Funeral Home in Paris.

In Lieu of flowers the family request that donations are made to St. Benedict Catholic Church or Abbey, C/O Abbot Jerome Kodell, 405 N Subiaco Avenue, Subiaco, AR 72865.

1 comment:

  1. What a great man! My prayers are with you and your family.