Gerald E. ‘G.E.’ Brister

Published 5:00 am Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Services for Gerald E. “G.E.” Brister, of Springfield, Ill.,formerly of Baton Rouge, La., are 10 a.m. Thursday, June 22, atRiverwood Family Funeral Service Chapel with burial in Mt. OliveChurch of Christ Cemetery in Bogue Chitto.

Visitation is Wednesday from 5 until 8 p.m. at the funeralhome.

Mr. Brister, 75, died June 17, 2006, at Memorial Medical Centerin Springfield. He was born on Dec. 14, 1930, to Frank Brister andEdna Hyden Brister.

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He worked with S.J. Groves Construction Company as a projectmanager, Sangamo-Baker Construction Company, overseas in Haiti as aproject manager overseeing road projects and retired from SussexContractors in Baton Rouge. He was a veteran of the Army, where heserved during the Korean Conflict. He was a member of the AnsarShrine in Springfield. He collected Caterpillar diecast models. Hewas a news hound and sports nut. He wrote a book and several songs,and was an extra in the film, “Dead Man Walking.” He formerlybelonged to Operating Engineers Local.

Preceding him in death were his parents; his brother, Bobbie RayBrister; and his granddaughter, Christa Nicole Brister.

Survivors are his wife, Barbara Brister, of Springfield; hissons and their wives, Bryan and Linda Brister, of St. Charles, Mo.,and Dwayne and Pam Brister, of Denver, Colo.; his daughter and herhusband, Donna and Scott Lawrence, of Springfield; his eightgrandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; and several aunts,uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.