Howard L. Liles

April 20, 2013 

Mr. Howard Lewis Liles, 89, died Thursday, April 18, 2013. A native of Johnston County, he was born December 13, 1923, the son of Lewis Weldon and Eunice Williamson Liles of Smithfield, NC.

Mr. Liles began a career as a grocer with the A&P Grocery in Williamsburg,Virginia and Virginia Beach, Virginia. After spending several years in Virginia, he returned to North Carolina to be nearer his parents and family. Along with brothers Ray Liles and Worley Liles, he began the Serve-Well Supermarket in Snow Hill. He spent 31 years as Manager and Co-Owner of the Serve-Well before his retirement.

Mr. Liles was a member of the First Baptist Church of Snow Hill where he had served as a Deacon. He had both an enjoyment and talent for woodworking and antiques, enjoying both until his health began to decline.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Liles was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Marian; an infant son, Howard Lewis Liles, Jr.; and brothers, Ray Liles and Mallie Liles.

His surviving family includes his daughters, Patricia Liles Jarman and husband, Randall of Snow Hill, Amy Liles Croom and husband, Rufus of Plymouth, and Pamela Liles Capps and husband, Mark of Kinston; grandsons, Jeremy Croom and wife, Elizabeth of Knightdale, Josh Croom of Plymouth, and Carter Capps of Renton, WA; great-grandsons, Jack Croom and Harrison Croom of Knightdale; a brother, Worley Liles and wife, Leta of Wallace; and 5 nephews and 3 nieces.

Funeral Services will be held 3:00 PM Sunday, April 21, at the First Baptist Church of Snow Hill. Interment will follow at the Snow Hill Cemetery.

The family will receive friends on Sunday prior to the service from 2:00 – 2:45 PM and other times at the Liles residence. If desired, memorials may be directed to Vidant Inpatient Hospice, 920 Wellness Drive, Greenville, NC 27834.

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