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Sgt. Lee Willard Gist, formerly of Taylor Co., KY (1954-2018)

Sgt Gist was very soft-spoken, but his dedication to his country, his military brothers and sisters, his family, and his fellow Americans thundered across the hearts of all who met him. He had made a profession of faith in Christ and was of the Baptist faith. Sgt. Gist was a veteran of the United States Army and served his country honorably during the Vietnam War era.
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Sgt. Lee Willard Gist of Somerset, formerly of Campbellsville, KY, left this world for his eternal home on Thursday, February 8, 2018 at his home after a hard-fought battle with cancer.

There will be a funeral service to honor his life Monday, February 12, 2018 at 12pmCT/1pmET in the chapel of the L.R. Petty Funeral Home, 1765 New Columbia Road, Campbellsville, KY. Bro. Jay Wright will be officiating. Burial will follow in the Lebanon National Cemetery, 20 Hwy 208, Lebanon, KY. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Sunday, February 11, after 4pmCT/5pmET.


Sgt. Lee Willard Gist, formerly of Taylor Co., KY (1954-2018)

Born on July 31, 1954 in Harlan County, He was the son of the late Elijah & Emily Hoskins Turner. He died in Somerset, Pulaski County, KY, at the age of 63 years, 6 months, and 8 days of age.

He had made a profession of faith in Christ and was of the Baptist faith.

Sgt. Gist was a veteran of the United States Army and served his country honorably during the Vietnam War era. Although a medical discharge forced a physical retirement, he remained a soldier at heart until the very end. Sgt Gist was very soft-spoken, but his dedication to his country, his military brothers and sisters, his family, and his fellow Americans thundered across the hearts of all who met him.

He leaves to cherish his memory:
  • Nine siblings: Loudenia Graham and husband Lee of Campbellsville, KY; Nora Sharp of Somerset, KY; Nancy Lively and husband Andy of Harlan, KY; Dezzie Turner of Monticello, KY; Joe Turner and wife Betty of Harlan, KY; Joyce Blanton and husband Roger of Harlan, KY; Susie Ritchie and husband John of Bledsoe, KY; Sarah Daniels and husband Haskel of Harlan, KY; and Kenny Brock and wife Kathy of Annville, KY

  • Two half-sisters: Mary Smith and husband Gill of Lowell, and Armildred Napier of Corbin,

  • A special cousin: Mildred Howard of Lowell, KY

  • A host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and other family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his biological parents, Elijah and Emily Hoskins Turner, and his adoptive parents, Jesse Willard and Mary Veola Burns Gist.

Send condolences to the family of Sgt. Lee Willard Gist

The L.R. Petty Funeral Home, 1765 New Columbia Road, Campbellsville, KY, in charge of arrangements.


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