July 5, 1914 ~ June 7, 2004
James Hughes Ghrist, 89, formerly of 24 East Hallam Avenue, Washington, PA, passed away in the home of his Daughter, Major Karen R. Bennington, in San Antonio, Texas, Monday, 7 June 2004 following a brief battle with lung cancer.
He was born July 5, 1914 in Pittsburgh, PA. to Howard Elmer and Flora Mae Snyder Ghrist.
He attended Washington High School but due to a profound hearing loss he stopped going to school and began working to support his family. A self-made man, he continued his quest for knowledge and earned a degree in accounting from LaSalle University in a time when home study was rare.
Mr. Ghrist was the book-keeper/Part-Owner for Herd's Drug Stores and the Greentree Restaurant for many years. After leaving there he was an accountant for Plasteel Corporation. His final & most rewarding position was as bookkeeper & accountant for the Washington Howard Johnson's Motor Lodge and Restaurant from which he retired. At Christmas time he was called upon by several local businesses to paint scenes on windows and mirrors of various establishments.
On May 22, 1933 he married Gladys Lucinda Hutson Ghrist who expired 19 December 2003. The couple had been married for 70 years. His lifelong caring for Gladys, 'in sickness and in health' has been commended by many as exemplary and altruistic. He devoted his last 12 years to caring for her in their home.
Mr. Ghrist was a member of the First United Methodist Church, a contributor to many charitable organizations, and avid sports enthusiast. He never stopped cheering for the Pittsburgh Pirates or the Pittsburgh Steelers, and most recently he added on another professional sports team, the San Antonio Spurs. He enjoyed working outdoors, conversation on current events, fishing, scenic rides, shooting pool, and oil-painting.
He is survived by one Daughter, Major(USAF/Retired) Karen R. Bennington, one Granddaughter Shannon Michelle Turner, and two Great-Grandchildren all of San Antonio, Texas, and many nieces and nephews and extended family members.
Deceased are his parents, Howard and Flora Mae Ghrist, brothers Elmer and Robert, sisters Norma Jane ('Janie'), who passed away in infancy, and Evelyn Jamison.
Cremation by MeadowLawn Memorial Park & Crematory, 5611 East Houston Street, San Antonio. Two Memorial Services are planned, one in San Antonio, Tx, Monday, June 21, 2004, 10 A: M: at the Stone Pagoda in the Japanese Tea Garden at Brackenridge Park and the other in Washington, PA, at a later date in July. Interment Services for James and Gladys will follow the memorial service at Mission Burial Park South, 1700 S. E. Military. Dr. Messages of sympathy may be mailed to family members at 8423 Ridge Stone Street, San Antonio, Tx 78251-2225. Donations may be made in the Honor of James H. Ghrist, to 'Foundation for End of Life Care' Vitas Hospice, 5430 Fredericksburg Road, Suite 200, San Antonio, Tx 78229