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1934 Robert 2024

Robert Lee Chiles

June 19, 1934 — March 6, 2024

Villa Rica

Robert Lee (Bob) Chiles passed away on March 6, 2024 at the age of 89
following a brief illness. His companion and high school love, Clara Bell
Strader, predeceased him. Bob is survived by his son Robert Gregory
Chiles and his partner Carole Davidson from Columbus, Ohio; Lee Anne
Chiles and her fiancé George Spon from Greenville, Pennsylvania; his
granddaughters Lauren Trunick Pearson and her husband Quentin from
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Gina Miller from Greenville, Pennsylvania; his
brother James W. (Jim) Chiles and his wife Dana of Calabash, North
Carolina. Bob graduated from Osceola High School in Paragould,
Arkansas. Two days later he joined the Navy serving at the Naval Air
Station in Corpus Christi, Texas working in aviation electronics. Upon
discharge from the Navy, Bob had an opportunity to visit Ole Miss and was
offered a small scholarship in engineering to supplement his GI Bill. Upon
graduation, Bob worked at Transcontinental Gas Pipeline, a subsidiary of
Pennzoil Products Company, located in Houston, Texas. He worked in the
construction department designing and building natural gas compressor
stations across the country. His work in Texas politics and friendship with
former President George Bush and First Lady Barbara Bush led him to a
new career opportunity as vice president of National Transit Company
where he later became president. He moved to Pennzoil as vice president
for crude purchasing and transportation. He retired at the age of 56 and
began a consulting career until he fully retired and began his world travel
adventures with his wife Rebecca Davis who predeceased him in 2010.
They visited Russia, China, Peru, New Zealand, Ireland, Egypt, Italy,
France, Alaska, Brazil, and Columbia. They enjoyed a Spanish immersion
experience in San Miguel de Allende and exploration of the Yangtze, the
Amazon, the Volga and the Rhone Rivers. Bob and Rebecca also enjoyed
cruises to the Caribbean and a mule ride into the Grand Canyon. He was
an avid golfer, Pittsburgh Steelers fan and Ohio Buckeyes fan. He lived a
full life of love and adventure.

Messages of condolence may be sent to Jones-Wynn Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Villa Rica is in charge of the arrangements. 770-459-3694
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