Jerry Leonard Giles, age 76, of Newport, Tennessee, passed away after a long illness on Tuesday morning, April 9, 2019.
He is preceded in death by his mother, Mary Giles McCraney; father, Palmer Giles; and lifelong friend, Richard Bradford, all of Laurel, Mississippi.
He is survived by his wife, of 54 years, Cheryl Grafton Giles; four daughters, Jennifer Lacy, Amy Williams, Mary Ellen Allen and Emily Arrowood; grandsons, Jared McAlister, Elijah Lacy and Uriah Williams; brother, Paul Giles; sister, Marilyn Pickering; along with numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
Jerry was born and raised in Laurel, Mississippi, where he lived until 1991, when he and his family moved to Gatlinburg, Tennessee. He served in the United States Army in Minneapolis, Minnesota, from 1965 -1967 during the Vietnam War. He was a long-time member of first Baptist Church of Laurel, where he served as a deacon and drove the church van each Sunday to pick up elderly members who could no longer drive. He loved spending time with his family and enjoyed reading and studying the Bible, National Geographic magazines, and the History Channel.
A private family service will be held Friday, April 12, 2019 in Newport, Tennessee.
Arrangements by Stetzer-Bales Funeral Home.