Highway signs commemorate former mayor

CONCORD, NC (WBTV)- The City of Concord is honoring a former mayor through temporary road signs.

Dr. George W. Liles, who served two terms as Concord mayor, passed away Friday.

To pay Liles tribute, the Concord Transportation Department placed the temporary signs on the highway that bears his name.

The signs include his initials and the date of his birth and death. They are located on George W. Liles Parkway at the Weddington and Poplar Tent intersections.

Officials tell us the signs are temporary and will be removed in two weeks.

Liles was mayor of Concord from 1993 to 2001 and championed many major initiatives including what would become Concord Mills Mall.

Because of his many contributions, the Concord City Council recommended to the North Carolina Department of Transportation that the Concord portion of the Westside Bypass be named the George W. Liles Parkway.  That stretch of highway serves as a major connector, linking western Concord to I-85 at the exit 54 interchange.

A celebration of life will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, May 25 at All Saints Episcopal Church in Concord.

A reception will be held at the church after the service, followed by a graveside service at Oakwood Cemetery

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Community Free Clinic, 528 Lake Concord Road NE, Concord, NC 28025; Hospice and Palliative Care of Cabarrus County, 5003 Hospice Lane, Kannapolis, NC 28083; CMC Northeast Foundation, 920 Church Street N, Concord, NC 28025; or All Saints Episcopal Church, 525 Lake Concord Road NE, Concord, NC 28025.

Condolences may be left online at WilkinsonFuneralHome.com.

Wilkinson Funeral Home is assisting the family.