J. Allison Briggs

August 10, 1923 - June 21, 2013
J. Allison Briggs

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J. Allison Briggs, born on August 10, 1923, went to be with his Father in Heaven on June 21, 2013.

Allison was raised in Indianapolis. He skated with Sonja Henie in the Hollywood on Ice show. A veteran of World War II, he served in Germany as a sergeant in the US Army. After graduating from Indiana University, he began a career in the real estate field.

In 1951 he married Eleanor Kernchen and started a family. They lived in Northbrook, Illinois for forty years before retiring to Hendersonville in 1997. An avid camper and traveler, Allison visited 49 states and western Europe. He enjoyed skiing and was a member of the National Ski Patrol for 29 years. As an active church member, Allison served on the Session, sang in the choir and supported the many outreach activities of the church. He was a member of Etowah United Methodist Church during his time in Hendersonville. As a descendant of James Allison, a founder of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, he loyally attended the Indy 500 race for seventy years.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Eleanor; a daughter, Kathryn; sons, James (Nancy) and Christopher; and two granddaughters, Cheryl and Laura.

A private family service will be held at a later date.

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  • June 29, 2013
    Van & Mary Geouge says:
    We are so sad to hear of Allison's passing. He was always a joy to us any time that he came into our shop. Please let us know if we can help in any way.We are praying for you. Van's Auto Service

  • July 02, 2013
    Crystal Blackwell says:
    Mrs.Briggs, I would like to let you know that you are in our thoughts here at the office. You have our deepest Sympathy. If you need any thing, please let me know. The Entire staff at Dr. Elizabeth Todd and Assoc. And Bowen optical. Sincerely, Crystal

  • July 13, 2013
    Sibyl Lange says:
    Eleanor, You and your family have my deepest sympathy. Allison had a fantastic life and left a great legacy. Love, Sibyl

  • July 17, 2013
    Joseph E. Katz says:
    Dear Eleanor, Just read about the passing of Mr. Briggs in the Northbrook Tower. It recalls many shared ideas and discussions, in addition to the professional eye care I provided. I really enjoyed the years of knowing you & your family and I sincerely express my deepest sympathy to all of you Joseph E. Katz

  • August 02, 2013
    Scott & Tina Rhodes says:
    We're sad to here of his passing! You are in our prayers!