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Celebrating the life of

William M. "Billy" Giles, Jr.

Passed away on November 09, 2021

William M.

William McLaurin Giles, Jr., 87, passed away Wednesday, November 9, 2021.  He was born January 4, 1934 in Savannah to the late William McLaurin, Sr., and Cecile Corinne Newman Giles.  Billy graduated from Savannah High School, where he played football, basketball and baseball. He continued his athletics for the University of Georgia, where he also played baseball and basketball.

Billy returned to Savannah after graduation and ran Giles Store at the Savannah Sugar Refinery, which served breakfast and lunch to the employees. Billy would get up at 5:00 a.m. to make the best homemade sandwiches in Savannah. 

In 1972 he started the Christmas Basketball Tournament (called the Holiday Classic) for high schools in Georgia and surrounding areas, and operated it for 40 years.  He was one of the top referees in Georgia for baseball, basketball, and football and assigned all the officials for baseball and softball games for many years.  He held office in all three associations for over 30 years, and was assigned games for Savannah State and Armstrong baseball.  Billy played baseball for Barrett Oil for over 20 years, and made tournament team for two years at Battle Creek, MI. 

When times got hard, he kept the association going with his dedication and hard work. His love of sports, whether playing, officiating, or running tournaments and concessions at nearly all local sporting events, were a great part of his life. His efforts resulted in his induction to the Greater Savannah Hall of Fame.

Billy attended Garden City United Methodist Church and worked at Savannah Morning News for over twenty years. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Peggy Giles, and son, William McLaurin Giles, III.

Surviving are his wife, Connie Consos of Garden City, sons, Randal Giles (Cissy) of Savannah and Kenneth Giles (Jodi) of Savannah.  Grandchildren, William Giles IV, Kristina Giles, Candace Barfield (Arthur IV), Corey Williams (Lauren), Randal M. Giles, one great-grandchild, Emmie Williams, and one additional great-grandson on the way, Arthur Barfield V.

Funeral Service will be 10:00 a.m., Saturday, November 13, 2021 at Fox & Weeks, Hodgson Chapel.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.

Burial will be in Hillcrest Abbey Memorial Park.

Remembrances may be made to Hospice Savannah, P.O. Box 13190, Savannah, GA 31416.

 

 

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Randy, Kenny and Family Very sorry to hear about your Dad…He was a neat man and kept me in line for years when he was officiating and at Memorial Stadium with Mr. Minnick, Gator and Krunch-what Great Memories! Jose’

- Greg Joselove, Dallas, Georgia

You are in our hearts and prayers.

- Walter and Joan Davis, Richmond Hill, GA

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MAY HE RIP

- JOHN MELL, Savannah, Georgia

So sorry to hear of his passing. I remember my dad sharing stories throughout the years.

- Cindy Simons (Dotson) Daughter of Jimmy and Lee Dotson, Pembroke, Georgia

A candle has been lit!

Sorry For you Loss Praying for you and your Family GOD BLESS you all

- James Hudson, Rincon, Ga

A candle has been lit!

I`m so sorry for your loss will be praying for the Family .

- Beate Davis, Hinesville, Ga

I was so sorry to read of Billy's passing. He was a very good friend in years past when we both lived at the Sugar Refinery. Praying for his family. God bless all of you. Roxie (Barras) Bryant

- Roxie Bryant, Savannah, GA

Randy, you are the spitting image of your dad! May God comfort you and your family in this time of great sadness.

- Wendy Kearns Lewis, Sugar Land, TX

Services under the direction of:

Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel
912-352-7200