Edgar Eugene Giles
October 16, 1945 ~ June 21, 2014
LAFAYETTE - Edgar Eugene Giles, 68, died Saturday, June 21, 2014.
Ed Giles was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend to many. Born in Mobile, Alabama, Ed earned his first degree from the University of South Alabama. There he met and married his best friend for the rest of his life, Dianne. Ed served his country as a Captain in combat in South Korea before moving to Louisiana. In Lafayette Ed proudly worked as a Certified Public Accountant at his own company; belonged to the Petroleum Club and Rotary Club International; and completed his Master's degree at the University of Louisiana. Though he approached work and education seriously, Ed was well known and appreciated for his wit and humorous perspective. He had a quirky story or bit of advice for any situation!
Ed's greatest joy was his family. He is survived by his adored wife of 46 years, Dianne Giles; son and daughter-in-law Gino and Sophie Giles of Taipei, Taiwan; daughter and son-in-law Jennifer and Daniel Northcutt of Austin, Texas; and grandchildren Ara Giles, Charlie Northcutt, and Harper Northcutt. He often said that having children was wonderful--and then you get grandchildren!
Ed loved the written word and the guidance it provides; below is an excerpt of one of his most oft-quoted poems, The Rubaiyat by Omar Khayyam.
Wake! For the Sun, who scatter'd into flight,
The Stars before him from the Field of Night,
Drives Night along with them from Heav'n, and strikes
The Sultan's Turret with a Shaft of Light.
Before the phantom of False morning died,
Methought a Voice within the Tavern cried,
"When all the Temple is prepared within,
Why nods the drowsy Worshipper outside?"
And, as the Cock crew, those who stood before
The Tavern shouted "Open then the Door!
You know how little while we have to stay,
And, once departed, may return no more."
A memorial service will be held Sunday, July 13th, from 3 - 6pm at Saint Patrick's Church annex, 406 East Pinhook Road. Please send the family your memories of Ed at MemoriesofEdGiles@gmail.com. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to the
LaVille Funeral Home, 2353 East Main St., Ville Platte, LA 70586, 337 363 1100
Published in the The Advertiser on July 6, 2014