Gregory Eugene Ziles, 65, of Holly Springs, N.C., died Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019. Funeral services were at 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13 at Bryan-Lee Funeral Home, in Garner, N.C. The family received friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service. Bryan-Lee Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements.

Gregory Eugene Ziles, 65, of Holly Springs, N.C., died Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019. Funeral services were at 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13 at Bryan-Lee Funeral Home, in Garner, N.C. The family received friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service. Bryan-Lee Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements.

Greg was born Sept. 11, 1953. He was raised in Geneseo. He graduated from J.D. Darnall High School with a perfect ACT score and was a National Merit Scholar and later attended Black Hawk College, in Moline. Greg honorably served his country in the U.S. Army, deploying to Germany during his service (and loved it!).

Following his military service, Greg returned to Geneseo and began a respectable career with the Geneseo Telephone Co., from which he later transferred to Nortel and was currently employed with Ribbon Telecommunications as a senior engineer.

Greg enjoyed many past-times such as fishing, golfing, traveling, and road trips to Fort Myers Beach, Fla. However, his favorite pastime was his family. Greg liked to socialize and could regularly be found enjoying the company of his family and friends. He also enjoyed yardwork and simply experiencing nature.

He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Noell Ziles; daughters, Lindsey (Josh) Goldberg, of Raleigh, N.C.; Elizabeth Riley, of Atlanta, Ga.; son, Brett (Jane) Gripp, of Rock Island; grandchildren, Mya, Levi, Jarrett, Jamie, Jeff, Jay; canine companions, Maggie and Bella; and a host of extended family and friends. In addition, Greg fondly loved his late brother’s family, which includes Greg’s sister-in-law, LuAnn; nephew, Adam; and nieces, Abbie and Angela. He was preceded in death by his mother, Lois Ziles; father, Gene Ziles; and a brother, John Ziles.