Howard Battle Gist Jr.
1919 - 2011
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Howard Battle Gist, Jr.

Funeral services for Howard Battle Gist, Jr. will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, August 22, 2011, in St. Francis Xavier Cathedral with the Rev. Dan O'Connor and Rev. Craig Scott officiating. Interment will be in Greenwood Memorial Park, Pineville, under the direction of John Kramer & Son. Mr. Gist, 91, was born in Alexandria on September 17, 1919, to Howard B. Gist, Sr. and Marcie Eugenie Luckett. He attended the public schools of Rapides Parish and graduated from Bolton High School. He attended Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia and graduated from Tulane University with a B.A. degree and a Juris Doctorate degree from Tulane Law School. While in college, he was a member of Kappa Alpha Order and was elected to the Tulane Moot Court Board for outstanding scholarship. He won the Moot Court competition at Tulane Law School and was President of the Law School Senior Class.

While in Law School, he volunteered for the U. S. Navy and was accepted and received a commission. He graduated from the Naval Communication School at Harvard University and obtained the rank of Lieutenant, USNR. During World War II, he continued his duties as a communications officer in both the Atlantic and Pacific Campaigns. His service included tours on the USS Nuthatch and USS West Virginia (BB-48). He saw action during the invasion of the Philippines, Iwo Jima and the Battle of Leyte Gulf. At the end of the war, he was assigned to the Judge Advocate General's office at the Naval Amphibious Base at Coronado, California.

Mr. Gist returned to Alexandria in 1946 and joined the law firm of Gist, Thorton & Murchison with his father. He was a partner in the law firm of Gist, Methvin and Trimble and later Gist, Methvin, Hughes and Munsterman. He maintained an active civil law practice until his death. Howard is survived by the love of his life Rosemary Flynn and they were married in 1950. He is also survived by his six children, Howard (Trey) Battle Gist, III and his wife, Kimberly Craft Gist of Alexandria, Marcie Elizabeth Gist of Alexandria, Stephanie Gist Novakovich and her husband, Eli Novakovich of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Robert Christopher Gist and his wife, Karen Taylor Gist of New Orleans, Ellen Kyle Gist Scroggs and her husband, John Scroggs of Alexandria, William McGowan Gist and his wife, Linda Wood Gist of Houston, Texas. Mr. Gist is also survived by his thirteen grandchildren, Brooke Doyle Thomas, Aynsley Doyle, Graham Landry, Emily Gist Marcotte, Hannah Gist, Christopher Gist, Taylor Gist, Evan Gist, Cullen Gist, Bennett Gist, Peyton Gist, Dylan Scroggs, Jordan Scroggs and seven great-grandchildren.

Mr. Gist served as the City Attorney for the City of Alexandria during three different administrations and was elected as President of the Louisiana Association of City Attorneys.

Foremost in the many honors he received was that of Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers. He was instrumental in the formation of the Louisiana Association of Defense Attorneys and later served as its President. He was a Past President of the Louisiana Bar Association and the Alexandria Bar Association. In 1997, he received the Causidicus Award as an Outstanding Attorney of the Alexandria Bar Association. He was on the Board of the Louisiana State Bar Foundation and named Outstanding Louisiana Attorney by the Foundation. He was rated an AV Lawyer by the Martindale-Hubbard Legal Directory and was listed in the original publication of "The Best Lawyers in America." He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, the American Legion, and the Boston Club of New Orleans.

Gist was involved in community affairs in Alexandria and Rapides Parish. He was the attorney and on the Board of Directors of the Security First National Bank and served as its Chairman for 16 years.

He served as counsel and as a board member of CHRISTUS St. Frances Cabrini Hospital, the board of the Alexandria Golf & Country Club and was elected in 1969 to the Council of Louisiana State Law Institute (Vice Chairman) and remained active in revisions of the Louisiana Revised Statutes and the Louisiana Civil Code. He practiced worker's compensation, medical malpractice defense and products liability law, as well as banking and municipal law in Louisiana. Additionally, Mr. Gist was a member of Our Lady of Prompt Succor Catholic Church and served on its Finance Committee.

Howard Gist, Jr. was well known in Central Louisiana as s sportsman, hunter and fisherman. He was a strong advocate for the environment and the sporting interest. As a young man he walked and fished Big Creek with his friends, Joe Richardson, Charlie Prosser and George Foote. He loved to hunt and fish for doves and ducks. In 1955, he gave up golf and bought an outboard motor and along with Luckett Marye and Victor Kramer fished regularly the secret holes on Little River, Cane River and Chicot Lake. He was known for his fishing ability from Toledo Bend and Florida with Bobby Lowther. Howard duck hunted with George Bowdon and his law partner, Dewitt Methvin, on the Coast of Cameron Parish waiting each fall for the opportunity the State's bounty offered him and his many dear friends. He looked forward each fall for the dove hunts with Luckett, his closest friend and relative and to get out to Charles Buckley's camp at River Point with Martin Close, Jr. to wait until 10:30 when the big ducks flew on Catahoula Lake. He will be missed by all and has gone on to his reward.

Friends are asked to call from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Sunday and on Monday from 9:00 a.m. until 10:30 a. m. at John Kramer & Son. Pallbearers will be Randy Pias, Scott Pias, Mike Flynn, Todd Marye, George Gaiennie, Jr., and Graham Landry.

Honorary Pallbearers will be Attorney John Munsterman and the former members of the Security First National Bank Board and the Council of the Louisiana State Law Institute.

The family wishes to express its special thanks to all of the caregivers especially Dr. Bruce Barton, Dr. Craig Pearce and Dr. Leo Lowentritt. We appreciate the wonderful care provided by the third floor cardiac unit at Rapides Regional and St. Joseph Hospices.

The family requests memorials be made to Our Lady of Prompt Succor Building Fund, 401 21st Street, Alexandria, LA 71301 or St. Mary's Training School, 6715 Highway 1, Boyce, LA 71409.

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Published in The Town Talk on Aug. 21, 2011.
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August 15, 2020
Mr. Gist was a man I admired. As a young attorney, he gave me an example of how to be a good attorney at the same time how to be respectful to your fellow attorneys, to judges, and to your own clients and clients of the opposition.
edward Kaplan
August 15, 2019
Howard Gist was a man I admired. He was one of my idols when I learned how to practice law, how to respect clients, attorneys, and judges, and how to be an ethical and proficient attorney. He taught me things that I did not learn in law school. The legal professional needs more people like Mr. Gist.
Edward Kaplan
August 24, 2011
Bill, Ellen and the entire family, I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Susan Gremillion West
August 23, 2011
August 23, 2011


Your Dad was a fine gentleman and excellent attorney. His professionalism will serve as a great example for all who follow.

My thoughts are with you at this time of grief and loss.
Hank Bruser
August 22, 2011
Trey, my thoughts are with you and your family. Laura Leatherman Franklin(Pineville, La./San Antonio, Texas )
Laura Franklin
August 22, 2011
Rosemary, my deepest sympathy to you and your family.
Elizabeth Neilson
Elizabeth Neilson
August 22, 2011
Howard was the best model for a young man and attorney to follow. He was my friend. I extend my sincere condolences to his family. Edward A. Kaplan
August 22, 2011
To the Gist Family, our thoughts and prayer go out to you in this time of need, my sisters and I have alots of fund memories with out, our Great Aunts, Mable and Mildred Hawthorne was yalls neighbor on Polk St, Our deepest sympathy: Lea Carroll, Rene Williams and Leslie Vercher
Lea Carroll
August 22, 2011
Ellen, so very sorry to hear of your father's passing. I will keep your family in my prayers.
Melanie McNeal
August 22, 2011

Susie and I were very sorry learn of Howard's death. He was a great person. Our sympathies go out to the family. Larry
Larry Feldman
August 22, 2011
Stephanie, My prayers are with you. I did not have the pleasure of meeting your dad but if his daughter is anything like him he was a wonderful man and will be missed greatly.
Deborah Tam
August 22, 2011
Trey, we know this is a difficult time and we will continue to pray for you and your family. Mel & Ethel Queen
August 21, 2011
I remember Mr. Gist as a very funny attorney with an impeccable sense of timing. I am very sorry for your loss. Kathleen Flynn Keane
August 21, 2011
Stephanie and family - We are so sorry for your loss. What a great man. The obituary reflected so many wonderful facets of his life, a life well lived.
Mary Louise and David Hopson
August 21, 2011
Dear Aunt Rosemary and dear cousins, So very sorry to hear about your loss. Uncle Howard was a special person!
Our thoughts and prayers are with you,
Martha Ann and Tom McMaster
Martha Flynn McMaster
August 21, 2011
Ellen and Trey you and your family are in my prayers.
Beverly Ruffin
August 21, 2011
Mr. Gist was my lawyer for many years. He was not only excellent in his profession, but also a kind, wise and caring person. We were all blessed to know him. My sincere prayers of sympathy are extended to the Gist family.
Carolyn Clarkston
August 21, 2011
Prayers and condolences extended to the Gist family and all who knew and loved Mr. Gist. May he rest in peace.
Rev Keith Ishmael
August 21, 2011
Our condolencs to Mrs. Gist, Bill Gist and the whole Gist family. Our thoughts are with you all during this time of sorrow. Randy and Deanna Golden & family
August 21, 2011
Dear Ones, Please know that I am so saddened by the news of the loss of sweet Howard! Many great times were spent together with our families and I will always treaure those memories. I so remember Howard's (and George's) part in keeping Daddy away while we all gathered for his "surprise" party! Howard and George did a GREAT job, of course! Everyone had such a good time and thats just one more memory I will forever cherish! Know that I love you all, each and every one, and will keep you foremost in my thoughts and prayers. Yes, all the boys are together again!
Jann R. Luker
August 21, 2011
Uncle howard will be missed by many, remembered by all, but a special place in my heart always remains alive...for not only was he such a dear friend, but "I" was their little flower girl one sept 30th............
and now you know "the rest of the story"!!!!
joanie marye-ashe
August 21, 2011
Our heart-felt sympathy in the loss of
your wonderful husband and father. Witih
kindest regards, Sally Foster and family.
August 21, 2011
We offer special prayers for the Gist Family. Mr. Gist was a wonderful role model and his legal legacy and love for family and friends will always be remembered. Leo and Gwen Haimilton
August 21, 2011
Howard was a good and just man. He will live on in your memories.
hugh biggar
August 21, 2011
I am deeply sorry for your loss. Mr. Howard was a wonderful person and a best friend to my Dad, Joe Richardson. Dad always had wonderful stories of fishing and hunting with his best friend Howard. Howard was always there for Joe and I am sure he and Howard are fishing in Heaven right now. God bless your family.
Susan Ruona
August 21, 2011
Sorry to hear about MR. Gist. Was glad to have seen him at daddy funeral. Daddy and Mr. Gist or laughing and talking now. My prays are with yall.
Betsy Stroope (Ainsworth)
August 21, 2011
To my dearest family, some things I'd like to say...
but first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay.
I'm writing this from heaven. Here I dwell with God above.
Here, there's no more tears of sadness; here is just eternal love.

Please do not be unhappy just because I'm out of sight.
Remember that I'm with you every morning, noon and night.
That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through,
God picked me up and hugged me and He said, "I welcome you."

It's good to have you back again; you were missed while you were gone.
As for your dearest family, they'll be here later on.
I need you here badly; you're part of my plan.
There's so much that we have to do, to help our mortal man.

God gave me a list of things, that he wished for me to do.
And foremost on the list, was to watch and care for you.
And when you lie in bed at night, the day's chores put to flight.
God and I are closest to the middle of the night.

When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years
because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears.
But do not be afraid to cry; it does relieve the pain.
Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain.

I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned.
But if I were to tell you, you wouldn't understand.
But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is o'er.
I'm closer to you now, than I ever was before.

There are many rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb;
but together we can do it by taking one day at a time.
It was always my philosophy and I'd like it for you too...
that as you give unto the world, the world will give to you.

If you can help somebody who's in sorrow and pain,
then you can say to God at night......"My day was not in vain."
And now I am contented....that my life has been worthwhile,
knowing as I passed along the way, I made somebody smile.

So if you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low,
just lend a hand to pick him up, as on your way you go.
When you're walking down the street, and you've got me on your mind;
I'm walking in your footsteps only half a step behind.

And when it's time for you to go.... from that body to be free,
remember you're not're coming here to me.

Ruth Ann Mahaffey (author)
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Miss CC ... Thank you, Sir
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