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Jarvis Eugene Gust

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Jarvis Eugene Gust, 91, went home to be with the Lord on January 27, 2022.

He was born in Fayetteville, NC on December 14, 1930, and was the son of the late Walter and Thelma Gust.  He was preceded in death by his devoted wife of 59 years, Peggy Cronin Gust, and a brother, LTC Walter S. Gust.  He is survived by his daughters, Linda Gust Arp (Mike), Mary Gust Guy (David), son, Tommy Gust, four grandchildren:  Jennifer Gabriel (Eric), Ryan Arp (Lauren), Kara Totty and David Totty, and four great grandchildren, Dylan, Emma, and Abby Gabriel, and Gabriella Arp.

As a youth he was a Cub Scout, Boy Scout and an Explorer Scout.  He graduated from Fayetteville Senior High School in 1950 and was nominated that year to play on the North Carolina All Star Baseball Team.  He was an avid hunter, fisherman, golfer and baseball player and coached both Little League and Pony League teams to City Championships.  He raced pigeons for seven years, was President of the Fayetteville Racing Pigeon Club for several years and was very successful in winning many races out to 500 miles.  He became a Master Mason in Phoenix Lodge #8 in 1960 and received his Scottish Rite 32 Degree in 1965.   He became a member of The Gideon’s International in 1992 and was ordained a deacon at Walstone Baptist Church in 1995.  From 1992 to 2010, he was instrumental in establishing six joint class reunions for Fayetteville Senior High School classes of 1950, 1951, and 1952.

During his 43 year Civil Service career at Fort Bragg, NC, he received numerous Meritorious Service Awards, Commendations, and Exceptional Performance Awards.  Upon his retirement on December 3, 1993 as Chief, Plans and Operations Division, Directorate of Logistics, he was awarded the Department of the Army Superior Civilian Service Medal, which is the third highest award of the Department of the Army Honorary Awards for Department of the Army Civilian employees.

His father was in the Army and he spent ten years of his youth living at Fort Bragg and was proud to be called “a Bragg Brat.”

The family will receive friends at Rogers and Breece Funeral Home on Monday, January 31, from 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm. The service will follow at 2:00 pm conducted by Mr. Ryan Arp.  The burial will be at Lafayette Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to The Gideon’s International or St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

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