Sylvia Giles, age 90, died on Friday, February 19, 2021 at her Jackson residence, Morningside of Jackson.
Sylvia was born in Beech Bluff, Tennessee on December 7, 1930, the daughter of the late Locie Hester and Neta Jared Buck. She was a graduate of Beech Bluff High School where she received the D.A.R. Good Citizenship award. She entered Union University where she received her Permanent Professional Elementary School Certificate, and her first teaching position was in Lepanto, Arkansas. Sylvia later received her B.S. Degree from Bethel College in McKenzie, Tennessee, and taught in Madison County Schools for four years and in the Jackson City Schools for twenty-six years. She was an active member of First Cumberland Presbyterian Church, where she served as an Elder, member of the choir, Sunday School teacher, charter member of the Friendship Sunday School class, President of the Cumberland Presbyterian Women, and worked in summer youth camps with children and youth.
She is survived by her husband Charles Giles of Jackson, Tennessee; son Charles Wesley Giles (Selina) of Jackson, Tennessee; daughters Carolyn Cherry (Don) of Henderson, Tennessee, Connie Kay Casey of Birmingham, Alabama, and Patricia (Patty) Lynn Parris (Dale) of Murrells Inlet, South Carolina; seven grandchildren, and ten great-grandchildren.
Sylvia was preceded in death by her brother Horace Edward Buck and his wife Harriet, and her sister Alivene Katie Harris and her husband Leon.
SERVICES: A funeral service will be held at 2:30 Wednesday, February 24, 2021 in the chapel of Arrington Funeral Directors with Rev. Terry Hunley officiating. Burial will follow in Highland Memorial Gardens.
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The family will be receiving friends on Wednesday, February 24, 2021 from 1:30 PM until 2:30 PM prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers the family is requesting contributions be directed to First Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1730 Highway 45 Bypass, Jackson, Tennessee 38305.
Arrington Funeral Directors 148 W. University Parkway 38305 731.668.1111