Stables, William Herbert

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It is with broken hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved Bill. He went to be with the Lord at Carilion Giles Community Hospital on Saturday, August 29, 2020.

Bill was born in Narrows, VA, on October 4, 1928 to the late Jesse James Stables and Rosa Leah Turner Stables. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Jim, John and Bob Stables and two sisters, Gladys Blankenship and Margaret Stables.

He graduated from Narrows High School in 1946 and enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps, serving his country for five years. He served in Korea and was a Chosin Reservoir survivor. Upon returning home, Bill entered law enforcement, first as a Deputy Sheriff, a Narrows town police officer, then retiring as a special investigator for the Giles County Sheriff’s Office. He attended the First Baptist Church in Rich Creek as long as he was able.

He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 59 years, Pamela Whitlow Stables of Narrows, son, William Troy Stables, Ret. USMC (Sandra) of Goose Creek, SC, four granddaughters; Erica Walker (Lenny), Caitlyn Painter (Zachary), Cristina Stables and Mimi Smith (Randy), four great granddaughters; Amiah, Nakenzi, Luna and Hannah, three great grandsons; Alex, Randy, and Koda and extended family of nieces and nephews. Two special nieces, Bobbie Sue Hare and Betty & Roger McCroskey who helped in every way possible with his care.

Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday, September 1, 2020 at 1pm at the Givens – Riffe Funeral Chapel in Narrows with Lay-Minister Tommy Gordon officiating with burial following in Fairview Cemetery in Narrows. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Monday evening from 6 – 8 pm. The family is being served by Givens-Riffe Funeral Service in Narrows, (540) 726-2442, and online at