Black Mountain Man Killed by train identified

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BLACK MOUNTAIN -- Wednesday morning at 7 a.m. Norfolk Southern called Black Mountain Police after finding a body on their tracks near West Street. 


Law enforcement have now identified the person as 51-year-old Gregory Duncan Stiles of Black Mountain.

It is not known why Stiles was on the tracks.

The family asks that donations in his memory be made to Eblen Charities.

It is with great sadness that the family of Greg Stiles announces his passing on Wednesday, September 20th, 2017 at the age of 51 in Black Mountain, North Carolina. Born on April 13th, 1966 in Montgomery, Alabama to Robin and Tom Stiles, Greg grew up in many places around the world including Germany, Alaska, and Florida. He lived his adventurous and full life in Pennsylvania, Colorado and North Carolina with his wife of 24 years and best friend Courtney (McVey) Stiles. He was most proud of their three children; Vance (18) a first year student at UNC Chapel Hill, Chloe (16) a Junior at Owen High School and Parker (13) an 8th grade student at The Learning Community.

Greg held a degree in civil engineering from UNC Charlotte. Bridge design was truly his art and passion and he was very proud to be employed as a Chief Project Manager at the firm of COWI Bridge Design, based in Vancouver, British Colombia Canada. He served for Engineers Without Borders and visited many middle schools sharing his passion and teaching them the elements of bridge design and building through a hands-on experience.

In his spare time he enjoyed travel and outdoor pursuits with his family spending many days hiking mountain tops, paddle boarding, experiencing and appreciating the best that life could offer. An athlete with a presence that could not be missed, Greg enjoyed running and competing in sprint triathlons. He was also an avid rugby player and held the friendships he gained on the field very dear.

Greg was truly loved by the community of Black Mountain and served as a Deacon at Black Mountain Presbyterian Church. He was an advocate of the Black Mountain Greenways development program and volunteered his time as a planner.

Greg is also survived by his parents, his brother Tommy Stiles, of Richmond, VA and his wife Leigh Stiles; his in-laws Gayle & Michael Fedigan of Newburgh, NY and Vera & David McVey of New York City as well as his many loving cousins, nieces, and other friends.

There will be a celebration of Greg’s life on Saturday, September 23nd at 2pm at Black Mountain Presbyterian Church, 117 Montreat Road, Black Mountain, NC. Immediately following there will be a time of visitation at the Church in the Fellowship Hall.

Memorial donations may be made in Greg’s name through Eblen Charities at 50 Westgate Parkway, Asheville, NC 28806.

Groce Funeral Home on Tunnel Rd. is assisting the family.


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