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Reid Giles

Reid Giles

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Obituary

Services will be LIVE STREAMED and can be viewed from www.walkersanderson.com starting at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, December 12, 2020.
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John Reid Giles, Jr. (“Reid”), 83, passed away peacefully on Friday morning, December 4, 2020, surrounded by members of his family in Birmingham, Alabama. Reid was the beloved husband of DeAnn Hickman Giles, father of seven children, Catherine Giles Pierce (Terry), John Reid Giles III (Kara), Julie Giles Parkes (Joseph), Robert Benjamin Giles (Stacey), Elizabeth Giles Carver (Scott), Deborah Giles Bethers (Daniel), and William Anthony Giles, and grandfather of 20 loving grandchildren. Born in Morganton, North Carolina on February 22, 1937 to John Reid and Catherine Sims Giles, he grew up in Renfroe, Alabama and was a graduate of Talladega High School. He obtained a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Alabama Polytechnic Institute, now known as Auburn University, in Auburn, Alabama before attending Brigham Young University and earning an MBA. On June 1, 1965, Reid married his eternal companion, DeAnn Hickman, in the Salt Lake City Temple. He and DeAnn worked together in service to their church. Reid served in many positions in the church including District President, Stake President, Bishopric Counselor, Stake Presidency Counselor, High Councilor, Temple Presidency Counselor, Temple President, and Mission Presidency Counselor. In addition to his immediate family, Reid is survived by two sisters, Susan Huff (Don) and Sandra Roozen (Ken) and many loving cousins, nephews, nieces and other family members.

Our family would like to express our heartfelt appreciation for all of the correspondence, kind wishes and prayers given on his behalf. Thank you to all those on the medical team who worked with loving care and concern, and for the service and compassion of a wonderful ward and many great friends and family members.

The funeral service will be held Saturday, December 12, 2020, at Walker Sanderson Funeral Home (646 East 800 North Orem, Utah 84097) at 11 a.m. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, attendance will be by invitation only. On Saturday, December 19, 2020, a Drive-By Memorial Service will be held in his honor in Birmingham, Alabama at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints chapel- 2768 Altadena Road from 1:00pm-3:00pm (CST). Both of these services will also be LIVE STREAMED. The Giles family expresses their love to each and every one and feels that all should be able to be there in person, but we regret to say the livestream will be the best possible way of being with them. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.walkersanderson.com
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Service Details

  • Service

    Saturday, December 12th, 2020 |
    When
    Saturday, December 12th, 2020
    Location
    Walker Sanderson Funeral Home
    Address
    646 East 800 North
    Orem, UT 84097
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    Notes
    A private family service will be on Saturday December 12. There will be a live stream of the service on Saturday starting at 11:00 am

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Shawn Cordner

Posted at 06:43pm
President Giles was always the church to me. The prophet and the apostles were a long way away but President Giles was always here. I always knew that he knew how the church was and how it was supposed to be run. He was a anchor all my life and I sure miss him. I always think of him when I'm doing the sacrament he told us one time that when we're breaking the bread that the bread should be a little bit big so the people had something to chew on and think about what they're committing to and I remember that every time I break the bread. Thank you President Giles, I always try to live up to the example you were to me. Shawn Cordner
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Jeff Bryant

Posted at 08:13pm
Reid became friends when his son John was in our Ward in Prattville. Everytime I saw him at the Temple we would have a wonderful conversation. He was a spiritual giant, mentor and great friend! I will miss him and always keep fond memories of him! Until me meet again on the other side! May God Bless and comfort the family during this time of sadness!

Jeff Bryant Family
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Sabrina Stanley

Posted at 07:57pm
Reid Giles was like family to me. He never failed to give a smile or a compliment. He is the kind of man that makes you feel cared about in every interaction. I respect and love him immensely.

Thom Thibeault

Posted at 04:32pm
Reid was my high priest group leader when I first moved to Birmingham. He made me feel welcome right away and through many conversations as well as interactions at church and in the temple, I came to recognize him as a spiritual giant and an example for me. I am eternally grateful that I got to know him. Thom Thibeault
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