Bro. Lomas Gist, Sr. was born on January 12, 1922 in Union, SC but as a child moved with his family to Columbia in 1927, where he attended Waverly Elementary School and graduated from Booker T. Washington. Subsequently, he attended South Carolina State College and is a graduate of Denmark Area Trade School with an Industrial Education Degree.
Mr. Gist was employed by the United States Postal Service, retiring in 1979 after thirty years of service. During his career with the Postal Service, he served as a mail handler, general mechanic, and area maintenance technician. In recognition of his leadership qualities, his Postal Service colleagues elected him to serve as President of the Columbia Mail Handlers Union and the Maintenance Union.
Additionally, he served as regional representative and representative for the United States Postal Service on the Equal Opportunity Committee. During his career, he was the recipient for awards for his suggestions improving working conditions and he also received the Safe Driving Award; and Whereas, Richland County Council, in recognition of his commitment to community service, appointed him to serve as the COATS Committee for Richland and Lexington Counties. He currently is a charter member of the North Columbia Civic Club, President of the Fairwold Precinct, is a member of the Transportation Committee for House District 73, and is a long-time member of the NAACP.
Bro. Gist has been extremely active in Masonic Lodge activities as past Master of Corinthian Lodge #11, Past Commander in Chief of C. C. Johnson Consistory #136, Past Potentate of Cairo Temple #125, Past Deputy of the Oasis of Columbia, Past Overseer of the Rites in South Carolina for the 32nd and 33rd Degree Masons, and past Worthy Patron of Queen Esther Chapter #1 Order of the Eastern Star. He was elected to the position of the Most Worshipful Grand Master (1975-1979) of the Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of South Carolina.
Mr. Gist is married to Mary King Gist, and he is dedicated to his wife and family. They are the proud parents of two children, Lomas Gist, Jr. of Columbia and Patricia Gist Coleman of Charleston. Bro. Lomas Gist passed away July 19, 2012 and Our beloved Past GrandMaster, Past Master, fellow brother will be missed and always will be remembered as a Pillar of our Lodge, Corinthian #11.
One of his favorite’s quotes to the younger brothers was “Keep traveling and you will go far my brother.”
Corinthian Lodge #11 has now requested their Knights Of Pythagoras Chapter to be named in the honor of Past Master Lomas Gist.