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Woodrow Adams Giles, 1912-2002

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  Woodrow A. Giles was born Oct. 18, 1912, in Pittsylvania County, Virginia, and died Dec. 19, 2002, in Danville, Virginia. His beloved wife, Leola Irene Johnson Giles, died Sept. 1, 1997.

  Woodrow joined the Methodist Church at the age of 15 and was very active until he received the call into the ministry at age 40. He was employed by the United Postal Service for 20 years. He attended Averett College in preparation for the ministry. While attending Averett College he was assigned as pastor of Bethel Church and Floral Hills Church. Upon completion of his schooling at Averett, he enrolled in Lynchburg College for his B.A. degree. While attending Lynchburg College, he served in four churches: Bethlehem, Spouts Springs, Bethany and Early’s Chapel. Next he attended Duke University for his Masters Degree in Divinity. During the three years at Duke University he served the Timberlake Charge.

  Upon completion of his degree at Duke University he returned to the Virginia Conference and was assigned to Union Church in South Boston where he remained for five years. His next assignment was at Fairview Church in Lynchburg where he remained for four years. Dr. Giles was next assigned to Moseley Memorial Church in Danville where he served for eight years. His next assignment was at Park Place Chruch in Norfolk. While serving four years at Park Place, he earned a Doctorate of Divinity in 1977 from the Berean Graduate School of Divinity.

  He retired and returned to Danville. After retiring Dr. Giles was the fill-in pastor for several small churches. Until a month before his death, he continued to conduct funerals, perform marriages and baptisms, and visit the sick and elderly. Dr. Giles will truly be missed by his relatives and friends.

— Julia B. Johnson



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