|Macky Ray Giles went home to be with his Lord and Savior on July 5, 2002, while completing a one-year tour of Active Duty in the United States Army in Seoul, Korea. Macky had the most beautiful spirit I have ever known.
His life exemplified the life of Jesus Christ. He was so full of love. Unconditionally, Macky loved everyone with whom he came in contact. His love for Jesus Christ was demonstrated in everything he said and did. His life touched the lives of so many people. He was truly a man who loved the Lord.
He confessed Christ at the age of seven while attending the church of his beloved grandfather, Rev. Charlie Henry, Sr. He answered his call into the ministry in 1988. Macky attended Captain Shreve High School and graduated from Northeast Louisiana University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree. While at Northeast, he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant through the U.S. Army ROTC program. It was at this time that he met the woman, Gale Rounds, with whom he would share his life. He received his Master of Divinity with a major concentration in Pastoral Care and counseling from the Interdenominational Theological Center (Gammon Seminary) in Atlanta, Georgia. Rev. Giles served as senior pastor at Warren United Methodist Church in Lake Charles, Louisiana from 1993-94. From 1994-97, while in Shreveport, he served as senior pastor at St. James and Round Grove United Methodist churches. Rev. Giles was an ordained elder in the Louisiana Conference. He entered the military as a chaplain in 1997 and received extensive training and responsibilities. With any assignment, he served his community and country with honor, dignity, and commitment.
During his travels throughout the country, he met many friends and each viewed him as a humble, loving man. Visits home to Shreveport were characterized by frequent trips to various homes, hospitals, or nursing homes to see those who were ill and shut-in, long conversations about special people in the community, and by hearty, delicious meals. Macky was someone who genuinely cared about people. He had an almost uncanny ability to see what others brought to a conversation, accepted those ideas, but stood firm with his own views. Wise beyond his years, he counseled with a loving, compassionate heart. Each night he read his Bible to his son, Macky, II, so that he too would know and become what God wanted him to become.
As an avid runner, he ran his last race on July 5, 2002. He leaves to cherish his memory, his wife, Gale; son, Macky II; loving parents, Rev. and Mrs. Murphy Giles; grandparents, Rev. and Mrs. Charlie Henry, Sr.; and siblings, Rosie L. Bright, Shirley Giles, Patty Hamilton, Byretha Jenkins, Carol Davis, Roxie Bell, Michelle Dennis, Murphy Giles, Jr., Zackie Ray Giles, Melvin Giles, Handy R. Giles, and Frederick D. Giles. Also missing him are Rev. and Mrs. Willie Henry, a favorite uncle and aunt whose lives also provided a roadmap for Macky to use when the going was tough, and other relatives and friends. Forever, Rev. Macky R. Giles will be loved and missed by many.
Gale Giles and Mary Rounds
|Source: Journal Louisiana Conference 2003 (Memoirs)|