Dr. Herbert Giles was born on October 13, 1952, in Yazoo City, Mississippi.
He was the fifth son of Sammie Giles, Sr., and Will Ella Gibbs Giles. At an early age he joined the membership of Saint Peter Missionary Baptist Church. He received primary education from Yazoo City Training School and secondary education from Yazoo City High School. He proudly attended Alcorn State University majoring in biology and graduated in 1974. He was a high achiever. He set his sights on pursuing the field of medicine and four years later, he became a general physician after graduating from the University of Mississippi School of Medicine in 1978.
After earning his medical degree, he joined the United States Army and served with the Medical Corps in the 3rd Calvary Regiment for eight years. As a Flight Surgeon, he served our country and was stationed in El Paso, Texas; Anniston, Alabama; Honolulu, Hawaii; and Seoul, South Korea. He was honorably discharged in 1986 after obtaining the rank of Major.
Upon discharge from military service, he resumed his medical career serving fellow veterans at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Biloxi, Mississippi. While working at the VA, he met Ms. Eva Faye Ankrom. They were married in Mobile, Alabama on August 13, 1988. To this union two children were born: Dr. Herbert Rashad Giles Jr. and Dr. Amadia JeNe’ Giles. The family lived in Gulfport, Mississippi for eight beautiful years.
His favorite pastimes were outdoor sports. He enjoyed fishing and became an avid hunter. His game of choice was deer and wild hog. He was an excellent cook who enjoyed good food. His legacy to his son was a love of outdoor hobbies and sports and he certainly passed on his love of cooking to both son and daughter.
In 2014 he retired from the Biloxi VA, after 27 years of diligent service to his fellow veterans. He continued to live in Gulfport and would frequently travel to help care for his dear mother. In addition, he thoroughly enjoyed attending sporting events at his beloved alma mater, Alcorn, any and all family gatherings, and keeping track of current events and coastal weather patterns.
He passed away at the VA Hospital in Biloxi on July 6, 2021, surrounded by his family.
He is survived by his children Drs. Herbert Rashad and Amadia J. Giles; four siblings Charles E. (Delores) Giles of Saginaw, Michigan, Sammie (Mattie) Giles, Jr. of Holland, Ohio, Robert E. (Deborah) Giles of Jackson, Mississippi and J. Diane (Charley) Lattiker of Yazoo City, Mississippi. He leaves two aunts of Chicago, Illinois Sallie Giles Lewis and Ruby Giles Larry. There are also a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, colleagues, and friends who will miss his compassionate, meticulous, and dedicated presence on this side of the Jordan.
Home going services will be held in Yazoo City, MS on Thursday July 15 at Knight and Strong Funeral Home. There will be a viewing from 9am til noon, with a graveside service to follow at Yazoo Memorial Park Cemetery at 1pm. The Giles Family is thankful for all your thoughts, acts of kindness, and prayers during this time of loss and remembrance.