Jack Giles
Jack Giles
Jack Giles

Obituary of Jack R. Giles

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.

Condolences may be left for the family at www.simpsonfuneral.com

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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