Charles Kelly Giles
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SALISBURY — Charles Kelly Giles, after a courageous, five-year battle with many health issues, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012. He was 58 and had retired from Worcester County as a history teacher and from Norfolk Southern Railroad.
Chuck graduated from Lake Taylor High School and Virginia Wesleyan College. He joined the Peace Corps after graduating and worked as a mental health therapist before working for 10 years for the Norfolk and Southern Railroad. In 1989, he opened his own craft business on the Eastern Shore of Virginia and later worked for Worcester County public schools for 17 years as a history teacher. He taught at Pocomoke High School and Stephen Decatur Middle School, and coached boys soccer at Snow Hill High School. Chuck also spent many summers working at camps as an art director. His defining achievement was when he had his campers create totem poles, which continue to be his legacy. Chuck possessed a unique gift in that he looked just like Hulk Hogan and gained permission to visit sick children in hospitals.
Chuck's passions were traveling, art, writing and music. He traveled the world, visiting places including the South Pacific, Europe, Canada, Mexico and all 50 states. He was looking forward to his wife retiring so they could continue traveling together. His passion for art was contagious. He loved creating sculptures from clay and mixed mediums and drawing. He recently completed writing a book and has numerous books of poetry and lyrics for songs. Chuck had been a member of a band titled Mixed Media and played harmonica and percussion instruments and sang.
Chuck was the third child born to the late Hume Anderson Giles Jr. and is survived by his mother, Catherine Foster Kelly Giles. Chuck will forever be remembered by his sister, Jody Holland, and brother Hume Anderson Giles III.
In 1975, Chuck married the love of his life, Debra. They spent years traveling together and then started a family. They just celebrated their 36th year of marriage. Chuck is survived by his wife, Debra, and their two children. His daughter, Heather Giles Charlton, her husband, Michael James Charlton, and their two sons, Liam and Logan, live in Fruitland. His son, Justin Patrick Giles, his wife, Tawney Meredith Giles, and their son, Ethan, live in Cambridge. Chuck's greatest joy was his grandsons. He enjoyed playing instruments, drawing and playing with them. He was known as Pop-pop.
Chuck has touched so many people's lives and will be remembered as being fun, mischievous and full of life. He leaves behind many family, friends and loved ones.
A memorial service will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, where family will receive visitors one hour prior to the service
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the
or the Ronald McDonald House.
Arrangements are in the care of Holloway Funeral Home PA, 501 Snow Hill Road, Salisbury. To send condolences to the family, visit www.hollowayfh.com.
Published in The Daily Times on Jan. 17, 2012