Retired Master Sergeant Branson Edward Stiles, 74, passed away peacefully surrounded by friends and family at his Canton area home on April 12, 2021, after an extended battle with lung cancer and COPD. “Ed” Stiles was a decorated war veteran who retired from the Marines in 2006 after 37 years of dedicated service through both active and reserved service.
Ed was born on Nov. 30, 1946, as the second of six children to Albert and Lela Stiles of Greene, New York. He and his older brother, Tom surely gave their parents plenty of headaches as they were partners in crime.
After graduating from Greene Central High School in 1964, Ed became a bookkeeper for a local company, Agway. In 1966, Ed enlisted in the Marines joining the Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron (HMM)-261. He served, with honor, in the Vietnam War.
After returning from the war, he was transferred to Dallas, where he met and fell in love with Earlene Moore. They were married in 1969 and before long they were keeping up with three children, Kenneth, Melissa and Tammy. Ed went to work at National Chem Search for the next nine years while the family lived in Irving, Texas.
Looking for a change the family briefly moved to South Carolina, but quickly returned to Texas. Ed settled his family in the small town of Canton, Texas. He went to work at a few small jobs but eventually settled at Madix, Inc in Terrell, Texas in August 1978 and would continue to work there for the next 37 years. Ed loved going to work every day and interacting with people. Retiring in 2015 was one of the hardest things he ever did.
When he was not at work, Ed loved to hunt or fish and spend time with his grandchildren. He even became a cub scout leader to stay involved. He also loved trips to the beach with the whole extended family.
Ed was preceded in death by Albert L. Stiles, Lela Stiles, Thomas Stiles and Albert A. Stiles.
He is survived by Earlene Stiles, Kenneth and Dawn Stiles, Melissa and Chris Ellis, Tammy and David Wilson, Jonathon and Frances Ellis, Blake and Anthonia Ellis, Samantha Ellis, Savannah Ellis, Sabrina Ellis, Gregory and Amie Stiles, Alyssa Wilson, Diana Ellis, Emberlee Stiles, Zander McDaniel and a number of step-grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Marine’s Toys for Tots (or charity of choice) in his name. There will be a graveside memorial service on at 2 p.m., Saturday, May 1, at Eubank’s Funeral Home in Canton, Texas.