Ms. Clara Mae Giles


Clara Mae (Gould) Giles was born on September 3, 1936, in Rutledge, Alabama, to John and Clara (Staggers) Gould.

Clara graduated from Crenshaw County Training School in May 1954. She married Moses Giles after her graduation and to their union, had four children. Clara relocated to Columbus, Ohio, in 1961.

She had become an employee of the Central Ohio Psychiatric Hospital and retired in 1997 after 30 years of service. Clara was a faithful member of Ebenezer Baptist Church which she attended until her health would no longer allow it.

She was known for her great sense of humor and would not hesitate to put you back in place if she felt it was needed.

Clara is preceded in death by her three brothers; Johnny, William, and Willie Joe, six sisters; Eula, Ola, Dorothy, Emma, Vira, and Ottie D and one grandchild; Randy Jr.

She leaves to cherish her memory, four children; Barbara, Jerone, Sandra (Robert), and Marcus, six grandchildren; Carlos (Roxy), Wayne (Michelle), Rommie (Carmen), Randy (Chanda), Jeffrey, and Pharrin, seventeen great-grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, and a host of family and friends.

Visitation 1:00 PM and Funeral Service 2:00 PM Saturday, July 1, 2023 at MARLAN J. GARY FUNERAL HOME, THE CHAPEL OF PEACE NORTH 2500 Cleveland Ave. To stream the service, read the complete obituary, order flowers, view video tribute and offer condolences to the Giles Family, visit


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  1. Ms. Giles was really really good to me . I will never forget you. Rest in heaven.

  2. Lorraine F Succonnino

    Oh my heartfelt condolence to the family. Many years of friendship it is hard to say goodbye. Memories of morning ,and evening talks ,and visitation from neighbor to neighbor. Claire was a wonderful loving woman a good friend. I will certainly miss her smile, and her little laugh. I often miss her in the mornings arranging her roses, which was beautiful as she was. I know she is sitting by LORD side with loving care. As she watches over each one of you. She was a real blessing to you Antwine Sr. and I. I will always keep her in my heart.

  3. Cortez Hairston

    I worked with Gikes at COPH she was a very funny lady and good person RIH My friend

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