Giles Augustus Coors, Jr.
Giles Augustus Coors, Jr., 87, died peacefully at home in Memphis on Saturday, January 11, 2014, after a short illness. He was born on April 4, 1926, in Memphis, attended Normal Training School and graduated from Christian Brothers High School. His college years were interrupted by military service, so after a brief time at the University of Mississippi, Coors served in the United States Air Force, before attending the University of Virginia. He returned to Memphis to marry his sweetheart, Sophie Woodson, who predeceased him, and with whom he raised their three children in their fifty-year-long marriage. The family became ever closer when` son, George, died of cystic fibrosis at the age of 25. The fight to find a cure for cystic fibrosis became a family endeavor. Coors' professional career spanned decades at Union Planters Bank, where he became Vice President of Private Banking and Lending. His outgoing and affable personality won many clients for the bank. An avid sports enthusiast, Coors was a natural athlete who distinguished himself in every sport he undertook. He won local and state championships in handball, racketball, and tennis, all sports he practiced on a daily basis. He was inducted into Christian Brothers High School Hall of Fame, for his achievements in sports, especially wrestling and track. Coors also won the United States Racketball Association Championship. When not on the courts, Coors was outside in nature fishing and hunting. Nature provided inspiration and comfort to both him and his wife, artist Sophie Coors. In 1972, Giles Coors, Jr., as King of Cotton Carnival, called on businesses to support our city, and visited hospitals to comfort the sick, especially children. Coors is known to all affectionately as "Bull," which is an ironic name for a man whose kind and gentle approach defined his personality. His good looks, warm demeanor, and gentlemanly manner made Bull the most elegant of men. Always with a smile, a twinkle in his eye, and a handshake or hug, Bull knew no stranger and made the shyest feel gratified in speaking to him. His warm and loving spirit, combined with his selfless humility, has created a legacy of love that is legendary. His generosity of spirit came from his deep and abiding faith, which was the rock of his strength throughout his illness. No summation of Bull's life can be complete without sharing his love of others, especially his family. As recently as a month ago, Bull focused his time and energy on living to see his granddaughter, Suzette, be honored with a party at home, as Queen of Cotton Carnival. Coors was Director of the Memphis Downtown YMCA, President of Kiwanis, President of Memphis Country Club, King of Cotton Carnival, and a member of Memphis Hunt and Polo Club. The family wishes to thank particularly the loving caretakers of the last several months, all members of the Love family. Giles Augustus Coors, Jr. is predeceased by his wife, Sophie Mignon Woodson, his son, George Russell Coors, and his parents, Dr. and Mrs. Giles Augustus Coors, Sr. He is survived by son, Giles Augustus Coors III and wife Elizabeth, and their children, George Russell Coors II, Suzette Randolph Coors, Holly Herndon Labry, Allison Lucile Labry, daughter, Mignon Coors Canale and husband Phil, of Greenville, SC, and their children, Philip Michael Canale IV, and Sophie Russell Cornelia Canale, his brother, Dr. George Alcorn Coors (Jean), and his sister, Gertrude Coors Sheaffer (John), of Fort Madison, Iowa. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be sent to Cystic Fibrosis Foundation or a cancer foundation of your own choice. The service will be 11 am on Tuesday at Calvary Episcopal Church, followed by burial at Memorial Park. Canale Funeral Home has charge.