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Willard Hiles

March 14, 1933 — July 12, 2014

 

 

Services

Visitation with a light lunch will be held on Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at 12:00 Noon in the Welcome Center at Moody Methodist Church at 53rd and Avenue U.

Masonic Services will begin at 1:30 P.M., followed by the funeral services, with Reverend Bert Bagley officiating.

  Willard Hiles, age 81, passed away Saturday, July 12, 2014 at UTMB Hospital. He was born on March 14, 1933, to William Thomas and Emma Lillian Overton Hiles at home in Ritchey, Illinois. He attended the one-room school at Ritchey for the first eight grades. He graduated from Reed Custer High School in Braidwood, Illinois, where he played basketball and baseball.

Two weeks out of high school, Willard was employed by Public Service Company of Illinois which later became Commonwealth Edison Company. After one year, he joined the Air Force and spent 4 years in Texas, Mississippi, New Mexico, California, and Kansas.

While in New Mexico he met Allie Ruth Jones whom he married June 27, 1954 in Gatesville, Texas. After his stint in the Air Force was over, Willard and Allie returned to his home in Ritchey, Illinois, and his job at Commonwealth Edison. To this union were born two sons, William Thomas and James Arthur. Willard was very active in the boys’ lives and competed with them in all sports. He managed Little League in Wilmington, Illinois, for nine years. He loved golfing, bowling, and playing cards and was a big joker and kidder.

Willard was an active member of the Ritchey United Methodist Church. While in Illinois, he belonged to the Wilmington Masonic Lodge, Danville Scottish Rite, and Medinah Shrine, Kankakee Shrine, where he thoroughly enjoyed riding the camels, and Past Master of the Wilmington Masonic Lodge. In Galveston, he was a member of Tucker Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite, El Mina Shrine, The Model T’s, and Drum and Bugle Corp of Arabia.

After moving to Galveston, Texas, in 2001, Willard and Allie became members of Moody Methodist and joined the Agape Sunday School class. Willard also served on the church board.

Survivors include: wife Allie Ruth of Galveston, Texas; son William Thomas Hiles and wife Michelle of Overland Park, Kansas, and son James Arthur Hiles of Galveston, Texas; grandson Andrew Hiles and wife Jessica of Kansas; granddaughter Abigail Hiles of Detroit, Michigan; great-granddaughter Avery Hiles; brother Bernard Hiles of Chicago, Illinois; sisters-in-law Rita Hiles and Jean Hiles of Illinois, and Mary Jones of Texas; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by: parents, William and Emma Hiles; four brothers, Tom, Harlan, Kenneth, and Wayne Hiles; two sisters, Lillian and Joyce, and brother-in-law Jim Jones.

Visitation with a light lunch will be held on Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at 12:00 Noon in the Welcome Center at Moody Methodist Church at 53rd and Avenue U. Masonic Services will begin at 1:30 P.M., followed by the funeral services, with Reverend Bert Bagley officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Shriners Burns Hospital, 815 Market Street, Galveston, Texas 77550 or Libby’s place, in care of Moody Methodist Church, 2803 53rd Street, Galveston, Texas 77550.