James Edgar “Jimmy” Giles, 82, of El Dorado died Monday, Aug. 26, 2013, at his home. He was born June 21, 1931, in El Dorado to Edgar William and Mattie Faye Giles.
He was a decorated veteran of the Korean War while proudly serving the U.S. Army. He was a recipient of the Silver Star, two Purple Hearts, the Good Conduct Medal, the Meritorious Unit Commendation, the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Service Medal, and the United Nations Service Medal.
He was married to Doris Marie Clift in 1955 and they had three daughters.
After returning from military service, he worked as a welder, a mechanic, greens keeper for the El Dorado Country Club, and finally concentrated on his passion when he owned and operated a locksmith and gunsmith shop. Jimmy had a brilliant mind and could fix just about anything.
He was a member of the Disabled American Veterans, the American Legion, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He attended the First Church of God, was a volunteer fireman and worked with local law enforcement agencies on multiple occasions.
Jimmy is survived by Marie Giles of El Dorado and three daughters, Cathy Giles Wilson of Maumelle, Karla Giles McCaustland of Ardmore, Okla., and Kelly Giles of Benton. He was also survived by his brother, Jesse Neal Reeves of Norphlet. Jimmy was extremely proud of his nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 29, at the First Church of God in El Dorado.
Jimmy will be buried with full military honors at Arlington Memorial Park following the memorial service under the direction of Young’s Funeral Directors.
Serving as pallbearers are his grandsons, Christopher Wilson and Tait Risor, as well as Kenneth Murphy, Robert Murphy, Jeremy Dean, and Gary Swilley. Honorary pallbearers are Neal Reeves, Bill Beene, Charles Blaylock and Jimmy’s grandchildren, who will all be wearing a shirt from their papaw’s "signature" western collection.
Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28, at Young’s Funeral Home of El Dorado.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the First Church of God, 918 Mosby, El Dorado, AR 71730.
Online guestbook: www.youngsfuneralhome.com .