Eddie Mensinger has alerted us that William Franklin Wiles, 84, of Sharpsburg, Md., passed away Sunday, July 22, 2012, at Meritus Medical Center.
Born Sept. 24, 1927, in Hagerstown, Md., he was the son of the late Jacob Frank and Mabel Helena (Good) Wiles.
Mr. Wiles studied theology at Grace College in Winona Lake, Ind.
He was the founding pastor at Valley Brethren Church. He had been at a number of churches in his career. He was a former member of Hagerstown Grace Brethren Church. He dreamed of going to New Mexico to work with the Navajo mission.
In his younger years, Mr. Wiles left school and went on to work at Victory Hosiery. He then put himself through a private boys school, Ben Lippen in Asheville, N.C., before going to work for Statton Furniture. Mr. Wiles also worked for Stickler’s Esso before owning his own Exxon service station on Wilson Boulevard. When he started to realize that service stations were on the way out, he worked for a good friend at John R. Oliver and Co. When John Oliver left, Mr. Wiles also left to do woodworking for himself and others for several years. Instead of retiring, he started F&S Janitorial as a custodian, until his 80s.
In addition to his parents, William was preceded in death by his loving wife, Connie Jean Wiles.
He is survived by two sons, Mark O. Wiles and wife, Barbara, of Hagerstown, and Matthew W. Wiles of Sharpsburg; two sisters, Mary Grimsley of Hagerstown and Linda Sieren Beloit, Wisconsin; a brother, Jay Wiles of Hagerstown; a granddaughter, Kristyna Shaffer; a grandson, Joshua Wiles; three great-granddaughters, Destiny, Emma and Makenna Shaffer; and a great-grandson, Brodden.
A graveside service was conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 26, 2012, at Rest Haven Cemetery, 1601 Pennsylvania Ave., Hagerstown, with the Rev. Mark C. Mooney officiating.
Rest Haven Funeral Chapel, Hagerstown, is in charge of the arrangements.