Arthur Dean Gist, 71, of Sparta, passed away May 26, 2021, at Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital, in Murfreesboro.
Mr. Gist was born Nov. 27, 1949, in Sparta, to Charlie Nelson and Vercie Aline Henderson Gist.
He was employed at a local shirt factory, and his favorite pastime was golf. He never actually played the game, but he loved to watch it. Mr. Gist especially enjoyed keeping up with Tiger Woods' career.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a grandson, Marcus Jolley, and a sister, Rozena Roberts.
Those left to cherish Mr. Gist’s memory include his wife of 44 years, Mildred Strode Gist; sons, Tony Strode and wife Jeannie, Ronald Strode, Donald Strode and wife Jennifer; daughters, Darlene Gist (Matt Olson), Charlene Gist Jolley and husband Jordan; grandchildren, Jazmyn, Aaliyah, Toni, Iris, Kaylan, Hailee, Ayla, Taylor Page; special grandchild, Halo; sister, Elizabeth Ann Burks; nephew, James Cooke; and numerous cousins, friends, and neighbors.
Funeral service was 2 p.m., May 30, 2021, at Hunter Funeral Home, with burial in Davis Cemetery. Linda Cheers officiated.
Timothy Lewis, Jason Strode, Ronnie Reedy, John Roberts Jr., Tyrone Lewis, and Toby Culley served as pallbearers.
Grant Culley, John Strode, Ronald (Brother) Strode, Matthew Boone, and Scotty King served as honorary pallbearers.
Hunter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.