Joseph "Joe" Robert Hiles, 75, of Fletcher, died Sunday, July 30, 2017, at Mission Hospital following an extended illness.
He was born in Asheville on August 21, 1941, and was the son of the late Thompson Hiles, Jr. and Willie Ethel "Billie" Robertson Hiles Mountney. He was also preceded in death by his brothers, Thompson Hiles, III, and Richard Hiles; a sister, Bettie Hiles; and his step-father, John Mountney.
He was a graduate of Lee H. Edwards High School and attended Asheville-Buncombe Technical Institute.
Joe worked in the printing industry for 20 years, was a Snap-on Tool dealer 11 years and concluded his career as an associate at Wal*Mart in the sporting goods department for seven years.
He was a long-time member of Fletcher United Methodist Church where he sang in the Chancel Choir and took special joy in being a member of the disaster relief committee. He was a member of the North American Fishing Club and the Henderson County Gem and Mineral Society. He was an avid outdoorsman with a love of fishing, camping, gardening, and cutting rocks and gemstones.
Joe is survived by his wife of 55 years, Sara Wright Hiles; son, John Joseph Hiles; daughters, Kara Kathleen Hiles and Krista Kate Hiles Kimmel and her husband Daniel Anthony Kimmel; and grandsons, Drew Braxton Kimmel and Bradley Damon Kimmel.
A memorial service will be held at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, August 13 at Fletcher United Methodist Church with the Reverend Dr. Stephen Ray officiating. Following the service, a reception will be held in the fellowship hall where the family will greet guests.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Fletcher United Methodist Church/Pipe Organ Fund, 50 Library Rd., Fletcher, NC 28732 or to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, P.O. Box 50, Memphis, TN 38101.
Groce Funeral Home on Patton Ave. is assisting the family.