Virginia “Ginny” Stiles, 96, widow of Lt. Col. Edward Stiles. The Lord requested her presence Tuesday, October 9, 2018 at her home in Palmetto, GA.
Born in Coolidge, GA, she was a daughter of the late L.G. Baker & and the late Jewel Barrow Baker. She was at different times a member of Alice Drive Baptist Church, Bethel Baptist Church, and Grace Baptist Church – through which she was active in missions including migrant and prison ministries, as well as the Santee Baptist Crisis Closet, which she helped establish.
She also was involved in establishing the first Hospice programs in Sumter, serving as Director 2 years. She was President of the American Cancer Society in Sumter for 3 years. Mrs. Stiles received the Governor’s Volunteer Award in human services in 1986, presented by then Governor Dick Riley. And she proudly served her country in the US Air Force beginning in 1951.
She is survived by a son, Michael, and daughter-in-law Kim Stiles of Atlanta, her grandchildren, Brad and Madeline Stiles, 2 step daughters, Allison Sexson and Sheridan Curtis, 3 step grandsons, 5 step great grandchildren, and a number of nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by a son, Lehman, a sister, and two brothers.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 P.M. Friday, October 12 at Elmore-Cannon-Stephens Funeral Home.
A funeral service will be held at 1 P.M. Saturday in the Elmore-Cannon-Stephens Funeral Home chapel. Burial will be in the Evergreen Memorial Park Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, support can be made to Make a Wish Foundation or Grace Baptist Church.
Special thanks to Kevin Geddings, whom she regarded as a son, and caregivers Lisa Hardin, Linda Magnin, and Geralena Baldwin.
Elmore-Cannon-Stephens Funeral Home and Crematorium of Sumter is in charge of the arrangements.
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