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Obituary: Clarence E. Biles, Columbus

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Clarence Earl "Gomer" Biles, 74, of Flintwood Dr., died at 7:20 a.m. Thursday, July 24, 2014, at Our Hospice of South Central Indiana Inpatient Facility.

Clarence was born May 25, 1940, in Clay County, Tennessee, the son of Clarence F. and Pearl Eckle Biles. He married Bonnell Smith July 6, 1963.

Clarence was employed by Reliance Electric, now known as Rockwell Automation, for 37 years.

Clarence was a member of East Columbus Separate Baptist Church. He was a devoted christian who worked hard for the church as a song leader and playing the guitar.

He loved bluegrass and gospel music. Clarence sang in various groups including Potter's Clay and Persimmon Ridge. He was an avid musician, especially talented playing the guitar. He enjoyed fishing with his grandson, was a devoted family man, and loved life itself.

The funeral will be conducted at 1 p.m. Monday, July 28, 2014, at East Columbus Separate Baptist Church with the Rev. Larry Fields & Rev. Jim Stump officiating. Calling will be from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Jewell-Rittman Family Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service Monday at the church. Burial will be at Garland Brook Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Our Hospice of South Central Indiana through the funeral home.

Survivors include his daughter, Brenda L. Moore of Perrysburg, Ohio; brother, Wendell Biles of North Vernon; sisters, Betty (Billy) Spivey of Lafayette, Tennessee, Gayle (Joe) Reeves of Carthage, Tennessee and Joan (Russell) Cherry of Mufreesboro, Tennessee; grandchildren, Ryan (Mindy) Pool and Joshua Moore; great-grandchildren, Matthew Pool, Hailey Pool, and Joshua Garza; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence F. and Pearl Eckle Biles; wife, Bonnell Smith Biles, on May 28, 2012; brother, Kenneth Biles; and sister, Helen Eckert.

You are invited to view his video tribute after 4 p.m. Monday, light a virtual candle, and send a message to the family via the Internet.


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