James Edwin Giles Jr. is now able to take deep full breaths as he has passed away from this life at his home in Washington, Utah, on Sunday, April 1, 2012. He was born Nov. 21, 1937, to James Edwin Giles Sr. and Velda Eleida Thornley Giles in Mullins, S.C.
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James spent his growing years in Columbia, S.C., where his love for country music began. At age 16 he joined the Air Force and spent the next 10 years of his life serving our country. Later, he worked for more than 10 years as a quality inspector for F-16 fighter jets that were being put into service at Edwards Air Force base.
Most people will remember him for his great love of music, especially country. He turned down a record deal in order to support his wife who was pregnant at the time with their first daughter, but continued to bless others with his musical talents throughout his life. His family will always remember the great jam sessions they enjoyed in their home.
Another great love of his was ham radio. He always enjoyed speaking with people all over the world, sometimes causing trouble in the neighborhood because of such a large antenna ruining the neighbors' TV reception. In 1988, he was baptized as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, where he served faithfully.
On March 22, 2011 he was married to Judy Giles. His family will be forever grateful for her coming into his life and for the unselfish service she rendered as she spent the past year of their marriage taking care of him.
He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Billie June. He is survived by his wife, Judy; brothers, Rodger of Augusta, Ga., and Ben of Fla.; daughters, Lori L. Lindhardt (Peter) of Logan, Utah, Sheri E. Smith (Brian) of Richmond Hills, Ga., Jamie L. Fellows (Ron) of Logan, Utah, Christi A. Aarness (Robert) of Lake Oswego, Ore., and Mandi L. Tuft (Sonny) of Logan, Utah; 25 grandchildren; stepchildren, Kendahle Brandenberg of Lawrence, Utah, Stephanie Williams (Roger) of Kanab, Utah, and Randy Gebheim of Price, Utah; eight step-grandchildren and three step-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Billie June.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 5, 2012, at the Lindquist Clearfield Mortuary, 1050 S. State St. in Clearfield, Utah. Friends may call from 10 to 10:45 a.m., prior to the funeral services at the mortuary. Interment will be held in the Clearfield Cemetery following the services.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.lindquistmortuary.com.
The family wishes to thank Hospice for all their help and support through such a hard time. They also wish to thank Mosdell Mortuary of Kanab, Utah, and Lindquist Mortuary for their service and caring.
Published in Logan Herald Journal from Apr. 4 to Apr. 18, 2012