PAUL K. GILES, 61, of Bunker Hill, West Virginia, died January 17,1996 at University of Virginia Hospital in Charlottesville, of complications from a heart transplant, which he had received a week earlier.
He served with the U.S. Army in Virginia and Alaska from 1957-1959. He was a salesman, store manager and vice-president of sales for Truck Suppliers, Inc. of Winchester, Virginia, from 1953-1986. He then opened a feed, hardware and garden supply store in the Bunker Hill Flour Mill on his property from 1986-1995.
Paul was the president of the Shenandoah Valley Steam and Gas Engine Association Inc. show in Berryville, Virginia, in 1967 when it was formally organized and incorporated. He served as president, vice-president, director and show chairman of the organization.
Over the years, he acquired a 7 x 10 double cylinder Frick traction engine which has been at Berryville each year since 1967. He also had in his collection a 10 x 12 Huber portable engine, ten restored tractors of assorted makes, a Frick thresher, Birdsall clover huller, and other pieces of antique farm machinery.
He enjoyed visiting other annual shows of the mid-Atlantic region and traveled to Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, in 1969.
He was also a director and charter member of the Dillon Farm Museum of Hedgesville, West Virginia. He was a member of the Lions Club, lifetime member of FFA and attended Bunker Hill United Methodist Church.
He is survived by his wife, Janita; daughters, Linda and Karen; son Steve; and six grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, Jeffrey, who died while serving in the Air Force in 1988.
He will be sadly missed, though fondly remembered by all who knew him.
Heaven is said to be the perfect place. So, Daddy, is there a steam and gas engine show to go to every weekend?
Submitted with love by his daughter, Linda Giles Custer, 75 Spring Blossom Lane, Gerrardstown, West Virginia 2542.
CARL SYMONDS was born in February, 1928, in Ettna Greene, Indiana, and passed away in February of 1995. Carl came to Texas when he was 17 years old.
His first job was with Mitchell Glass in Victoria, Texas, and later worked for and retired from Central Power & Light in Victoria.
Carl was a long time member of several Texas engine clubs and he was an excellent machinist, always willing to help and share his knowledge with anyone who needed it. Restoring old engines was one of his favorite pastimes.
Carl married Grace in 1971 and they rarely missed an engine show. His friendly manner and warm generosity will be greatly missed by all.
Submitted by Adolph Alloy, 9619 CR 48, Rosharan, Texas 77583.