Jack R. Giles, 97, of Roanoke passed away Thursday, August 29, 2019. He was preceded in death by his wife, Marian Walrond Giles.
Surviving are his son and daughter-in-law, Tom and Betsy Giles, of Denver, Colorado; daughter, Imogen Giles of Christiansburg; and brother, Bill Giles and wife Betty, of Troutville.
Jack worked his way through Roanoke College as a caddie at the Roanoke Country Club. During World War II he served in the Navy as ship navigator on LSMR 517. Jack was a manufacturing representative for South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia. He worked, played golf, and taught a popular Sunday school class at Enon Baptist Church into his nineties.
Jack was a student and aficionado of the mechanics, intricacies, and art of: salesmanship; golf; celestial navigation; and Citroen automobiles.
Jack will be remembered for his character, intelligence, and goodwill towards everyone; his indomitable spirit and willingness to adapt to and master any circumstance no matter how difficult; and his ingenious and imaginative sense of humor.
A memorial service will be conducted 3 p.m. Sunday, September 8, 2019 at Simpson Funeral Home 5160 Peters Creek Road. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Arrangements by Simpson Funeral Home. 366-0707
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