David Franklin Giles
1956 - 2015
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David Franklin Giles, beloved son, brother, uncle, cousin, nephew, friend, jazz fiend, volunteer fireman, mountain man, computer master, and forester passed away May 18, at Athens Regional Hospital. He is survived by his mother, Jane Gilliland Giles, sisters, Sally Giles and Susan (Francisco) Cruz, and nephew David (Christina Sheridan) Cruz. He was preceded in death by his father, Frank McCord Giles in 1999 along with Aunt Alma Jean Gilliland, Ann Clifford, and Frank Clifford. David is also survived by Uncles John Gilliland and Robert (Joan) Gilliland, and Aunt Sally (Eddie) Cole. David grew up in Tallulah Falls and Athens GA, and graduated from Cedar Shoals High School in 1973 where he played trumpet and tuba in band, achieving ALL STATE status in both instruments. It was at Cedar Shoals High School that he was mentored by his band instructor Larry McClure, in a lifelong love of music, in particular a crazy love of jazz. David had a long career in retail record sales where he ran stores in six states. David played in and promoted many bands. He could discourse deeply and with great knowledge about all genres of music for hours with any and all that had the desire, and stamina to take the plunge.In his early 30's, David extended his love of the great outdoors into a college career graduating from the Warnell School of Forestry in 1992 with a minor in computer science. He took both of these obsessions to Satohla in the northeast Georgia mountains where he worked with the UGA Cowetta research station and then began a business in computer technology. David became a member of the Satohla Volunteer Fire Department and discovered a new love of emergency medical assistance when he studied for and became a first responder. He was first on the scene to help others, something he'd always been very good at. David returned to the Athens area in 2011 where he lived with his mother Jane, caring for her during an extended convalescence following a hip replacement. He continued his love of helping others in his volunteer work in the Athens area. He had a newfound passion for the use of Unmanned Ariel Vehicles (UAV) in forestry applications. As anyone who knows David can tell you, he brought enthusiasm and great passion to everything he endeavored, this new passion was no exception. David will be deeply missed by all the people whose lives he touched with his generous spirit and fierce intellect. Funeral service for David will be held Saturday, May 23, at Lord and Stephens West Chapel at 2:00 P.M. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service and a reception will be held at 3:00 at The Sanctuary, 13 Barnett Shoals Road in Watkinsville. David had long suffered from Lyme disease and in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a Lyme Disease Research Center, or charity of your choosing.

4/28/1956 - 5/18/2015

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Published in Athens Banner-Herald on May 21, 2015.
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May 15, 2020
I still think of David. He went way too soon.
Betty Holt
May 16, 2019
David was my friend and I miss our talks.
Anne Barone
December 13, 2015
Davey was my college boyfriend in Chapel Hill, NC & introduced me to so many musical influences. He had come to the habit of calling me on my birthday each November in the last 5 years & I had missed his call in 2014. When he didn't call this year I finally decided to search & see if he was ok. Davey was a kind soul who followed his passions. He took me to Tallulah Gorge & his love of the area was profound. Please accept my condolences Jane, Sally & family. He was a special person in my life. Hugs, Amy
June 3, 2015
I was so sad to hear about David. He was a part of my life for many years, always helping me with my computer. He died far too young. My deepest sympathy to his family.
Betty Holt
May 31, 2015
I remember David so fondly and our very fun and interesting summers in Athens. Thanks Dave, for letting me hang out at Ruthless on my days off. You could have found me an annoying kid but instead you made me a friend. Thank you, you will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with your family. May you rest in a pure and loving peacefulness.
May 28, 2015
David was 'one of a kind '. He has been and will continue to be missed by many. May he rest in peace and be reunited with Aslan forever.
Noel Atherton
May 28, 2015
David was a great friend to me and my family. He took our grandson under his wing and helped him believe in himself. It is with a sad heart that l say goodbye to our friend
Brenda Owens
May 27, 2015
We were all so shocked to hear about David. He helped us all at John Cleaveland Realty with our computer problems. We lost touch when he moved back to Ga. God Bless you David.
Kay Earp
May 27, 2015
David was a good friend and we had a lot in common. I was sorry to hear that he had died and I know he will be missed.
Danny Crane
May 27, 2015
So sorry to hear this news...we lost track of David but for so many years he was a friend and neighbor. We miss our conversations and many dinners discussing the world and it's problems. Rest in peace David..prayers for the family. Annie and Joe Barone, Highlands, NC
Annie & Joe Barone
May 27, 2015
RIP David Giles- We learned so much from you in the few years we knew you. Tucker and I enjoyed our hours upon hours of conversation about anything and everything. Every once and awhile someone comes into your life and leaves an imprint like no other- that was David. We lost touch over the last few years, but it is such a comfort to me to know that he was with his family.
Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this time.
Jeannie and Tucker Chambers
May 27, 2015
David was a guest in my home many times. Sometimes just there to work on my computer, others to eat and visit and talk. He was an outstanding young man with great potential, and used it accordingly. Heaven has gained another Angel by David Franklin Giles' entrance! My deepest condolences to each family member.
In all true fact, I have missed him since 2011 and have asked many mutual acquaintance if they knew what had become of him. God Bless each of you in this trying time of sorrow.
Diana Allmond
May 27, 2015
Sorry to hear of his passing. He did a lot to help the people of SATOLAH.
Dorthy (Bug) & Edwin Houston
May 26, 2015
David was our neighbor for many years. Sorry to hear of his passing.
Mike and Linda Wilson
May 26, 2015
Mike and Linda Wilson
May 26, 2015
Terry and I were neighbors and friends with David. We are saddened to hear this. Our love and condolences to the family.
Terry and Caroline Winn
May 25, 2015
Jane, I am sorry for your loss. I just heard the news today. May he rest in peace.
Sue M. Blair
May 25, 2015
He was very kind to me in school. He will be so missed by his friends and family praying for them.
Susan Rogers
May 24, 2015
David had such a wonderful smile. I am so sorry to hear of his passing.
Sam Hughes
May 24, 2015
Davey was the best. He is already missed.
Bill Cody
May 24, 2015
David was always a warm and kind bandmate and friend. He will be missed.
J. Matthews
May 23, 2015
I'm sorry to hear of David's death. A great loss to his family and community.
Joe May
May 22, 2015
All of you are in my thoughts and prayers. I am sorry that I can't make it to the funeral but I will be thinking of you tomorrow. Love and peace to Jane, Sally and Susan.
Patti Gilliland Vernon
May 22, 2015
Jane, Sally and Susan,
David and I were so shocked to hear about David's terrible accident. We hold all of you near to our hearts as we share in your sorrows. May the Lord bless you during this sad time. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Comfort to you all, Hilda Gilliland Smith
Hilda Smith
May 22, 2015
Sally and Susan ...

So sorry to hear of David's passing. Sending heaps of sympathy your way.
Betsy Arrington
May 22, 2015
brian crum
May 22, 2015
So very sorry for your loss! May the Family and loved ones be comforted and find some solace in your memories of him. Sally, I hold you close
May 22, 2015
Cousin David was always my favorite cousin. And I will always be his sack of potatoes. :) Much love and prayers for Jane, Sally, & Susan during this difficult time. Love you and miss you all so much.
Meranda Smith
May 22, 2015
He really enjoyed blowing those horns.
Arnold Grueblen
May 22, 2015
I'm so very sorry for your loss. Cherish the memories.
Barbara Godfrey
May 22, 2015
We are so sorry to hear this Sally. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Tony and Bunny Pierce
May 22, 2015
So sorry to hear about David's passing. He was a great friend in High School and I remember many enjoyable times talking music with him in those days. May his memory be eternal!
Jon Duttweiler
May 22, 2015
Sally, We are so saddened to hear of David's passing. Our hugs go out to you.
Ron and Susan Franklin
May 22, 2015
I will always cherish the memories of our times together. Would've loved one more of your loving hugs. You will be missed. My love to Mama Jane, Sally and Susan
Joan Forbes Holmes
May 21, 2015
Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Homes West Chapel
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