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William Ellis Giesler

May 22, 1927November 4, 2019

William Ellis (W.E) Giesler, 92, of Ridgeway, Virginia, passed away peacefully on Monday, November 4, 2019. He was born in Meadowview, Virginia, on May 22, 1927, to Marie Kendrick Giesler and William Preston Giesler.

The family moved to Martinsville, Virginia and were very active members of the First United Methodist Church. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his only sibling, sister, Peggy Giesler Shrigley and her husband, Gene.

W. E.loved his family and is survived by his wonderful wife of 66 years, Anne Maria Starling Giesler and their two daughters, Pamela Giesler Ferger (Trevor) of Columbus, Ohio and Susan Giesler Hodges (Don) of Martinsville, Virginia. He is also survived by five grandchildren, Stan Ferger (Courtney) of Columbus, Ohio, Martha Ferger of Denver, Colorado, George Hodges (Skye) of Belmont, North Carolina, Susan Ferger Fortune (Casey) of Denver, Colorado, and Virginia Hodges McLendon (Martin) of Atlanta, Georgia, and two great grandchildren, Starling Hodges and Oscar Ferger. The annual family gathering at Myrtle Beach was a highlight for all.

W. E. was a proud alumni of Martinsville High School and Georgia Institute of Technology (class of 1950), where he was on the wrestling team and received a B. S in Industrial Management. After graduation, he went to work in the window manufacturing business on his way to a lifetime of success at West Window Corporation of Martinsville, Virginia, where he became CEO and Chairman. The exceptional people with whom he worked at West Window were always like family.

A tireless civic, community and business leader, W. E. enjoyed his years as a lifelong Rotarian, joining the Martinsville Rotary Club in 1952 and serving as president in 1962. For his dedication to Rotary, he was awarded the Paul Harris Fellow from the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International. He was very active with the Martinsville-Henry County Chamber of Commerce and was president in 1967, and in 1991 he received the Chamber of Commerce’s most prestigious award for community service, the Heck Ford Award. He was a board member of the Patrick Henry Community College, 1976-1984, serving as Vice Chairman, 1981-1988. In the world of banking, he served as a Director of Piedmont Trust Bank, 1992-1999 and as an Advisory Director of Dominion Bank-Bassett, 1987-1992. He was a board member, 1983-1988 of the Martinsville-Henry County Memorial Hospital, serving as president in 1988. W. E. was a board member of the Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corporation, 1984-1993, serving as the Chairman in 1985 and 1991. He was a member of the Henry County School Board, 1988-1992, and a member of the VPMEP, 1994-2001. He was a member of Cascade United Methodist Church for 66 years and gave generously to the church’s needs.

The family would like to thank Dr. James Jordan, D.D.S. and his staff and the Martinsville Fire & EMS Department.

There will be a private graveside service on Saturday morning. There will be a celebration of life at First United Methodist Church, 145 E. Main Street, Martinsville, Virginia, 24112 at 11:00 am on Saturday, November 9, 2019. The family will receive friends on Friday, November 8, 2019, 5-7pm at Collins & McKee-Stone Funeral Home, 109 Broad Street, Martinsville, Virginia 24112.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in W. E.’s memory to Polio Plus, Rotary International, One Rotary Center, 1560 Sherman Avenue, Evanston, Illinois, 60201-3698.



  • William Preston Giesler, Father (deceased)
  • Marie Kendrick Giesler, Mother (deceased)
  • Peggy Giesler Shrigley, Sister (deceased)
  • Gene Shrigley, Brother-in-law (deceased)
  • Anne Maria Starling Giesler, Wife of 66 years
  • Pamela Giesler Ferger, Daughter
  • Trevor Ferger, Son-in-law
  • Susan Giesler Hodges, Daughter
  • Don Hodges, Son-in-law
  • Stan Ferger, Grandson
  • Courtney Ferger, Stan's wife
  • Martha Ferger, Granddaughter
  • George Hodges, Grandson
  • Skye Hodges, George's wife
  • Susan Ferger Fortune, Granddaughter
  • Casey Fortune, Granddaughter's husband
  • Virginia Hodges McLendon, Granddaughter
  • Martin McLendon, Granddaughter's husband
  • Starling Hodges, Great Grandchild
  • Oscar Ferger, Great Grandson
  • Laura Shrigley, Niece

  • Polio Plus, Rotary International, One Rotary Center


  • Visitation Friday, November 8, 2019
  • A Celebration of Life Service Saturday, November 9, 2019


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Deborah Massey

November 10, 2019

Dear Pam and Family, It is with heartfelt sympathy to learn of the passing of your Father. I remember meeting him on several occasions and he was such a dear person. My deepest condolences to The Family of William Ellis Giesler.

With love and sympathy,

Deborah Massey

Vince Puccio

November 9, 2019

My heartfelt condolences to the family.It was an honor knowing him during his tenure on the board of Piedmont Trust Bank. He was a true patriot and gentleman.

Fay McCroskey

November 8, 2019

The most humble and caring man in which I had the pleasure of knowing and working for. Prayers for the family.

Danny Lamberth

November 8, 2019

One of the finest men I ever met. I met him and his wife one Saturday morning at McDonald's fin Eden eating breakfast with a couple from our church. They met every Saturday Morning. I said how are you Mr Giesler, and he replied to me, call me W.E. and we were friends for many years. I worked on his vintage lawn tractor, because he love get his garden ready using it. You will be greatly missed but I know you are with your Lord.

Lisa White

November 8, 2019

I will miss Mr Giesler coming into the lawnmower shop. He was always so nice and friendly. He was a pleasure to be around. My prayers are with his family. May the Lord wrap His arms around you and comfort you during this time.

Stan & Joan Embree

November 7, 2019

One of the finest men Stan and I ever met. Our sincerest condolences and love.

Joan & Stan Embree

Steve Turner

November 7, 2019

So sorry for your loss. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

Steve, Bailey & Barrett

Barry Priddy

November 7, 2019

As a child of a lifelong West Window employee I have many fond memories of W.E. My father worked with W.E. over 40 years and thought so much of him. When my father passed the words of comfort W.E. gave me will never be forgotten. I am so sorry for your loss and please know you are in our thoughts and prayers.

Ronald " Skip" Ressel

November 7, 2019

W.E. was a steadfast quiet and unassuming but strong supporter and friend. His like is hard to find and will be missed by so many.

Pamela Sparks

November 6, 2019

My dad, Edgar Robertson, worked for West Window for 36 years and considered it his family. He thought the world of Mr Giesler and always respected him. Dad passed in 2012, but I just wanted to share my prayers with the family during this most difficult time.

Pamela R Sparks