William Briggs

August 4, 1931 - February 8, 2009
William Briggs

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William E. ìBillî Briggs, 77, of Flat Rock, NC, died Sunday morning, February 8, 2009 of melanoma cancer.

Born in Asheville, NC, August 4, 1931, he was the son of the late Clyde Nathaniel Briggs and Cora Belle Beachboard Briggs. He was also preceded in death by his brother, Cecil C. Briggs.

He graduated from Lee H. Edwards High School in 1948, Mars Hill Junior College in 1950, and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, in 1952, with a BBA degree in accounting. He subsequently served in the US Army for two years, being honorably discharged in 1954.

The ultimate purpose in Billís life came from his relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ whom he trusted as his Savior early in life. Often, when referring to the much blessed life he had experienced, he would add ìto God be the Glory.î

His professional life included thirty years with the IBM Corporation, principally in finance and internal audit, a career he enjoyed, found challenging, interesting, and personally gratifying.

After retiring ìback to his rootsî in 1987, he and his wife enjoyed leisure activities as well as church and community involvement. He was active at the First Baptist Church of Hendersonville, where he served on various committees and as treasurer for over six years.

Among the many delights of his retirement years was his nineteen-year association with the doctors and their staffs, both past and present, of Carolina Ophthalmology. His role in supporting their efforts in providing the best eye care to the patients of WNC gave him a personal sense of satisfaction.

He is survived by his loving wife of 46 years, Daphne Briggs of Flat Rock; his son, David and wife, Jennifer, and his twin grandchildren, Katie and Kyle Briggs, all of Brentwood, TN; and his sister-in-law, Frances C. Briggs of Arden.

A memorial service will be held at 2 PM, Tuesday, February 10, 2009 at the First Baptist Church of Hendersonville with the Reverend Wally Shamburger officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to CrossWalk Youth Center c/o First Baptist Church of Hendersonville, 312 5th Ave. West, Hendersonville, NC 28739.


Tuesday, February 10, 2009
12:00 AM

First Baptist Church of Hendersonville - Directions
312 5th Avenue West
Hendersonville, NC 28739

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  • February 10, 2009
    Jack and Pat Gallagher says:
    We just found out about Bills death and we prayed for you and your family at this time and praise the Lord for he has just received a wonderful man into Heaven.May God Bless you and give you a peace that passes all understanding. Jack and Pat Gallagher

  • February 09, 2009
    Bill and Donna Brennan says:
    It has been a privilege and a blessing to know Bill and Daphne through our church relationship. Bill, hit them long and straight!

  • February 09, 2009
    Thomas C. & Marilove Kilcrease says:
    Our best wishes and prayers are with the family

  • February 09, 2009
    Mike & Tina Rizzi & Family says:
    Mrs. Briggs, Dave, Jenny & Family: We are so sorry to hear the sad news. It was an honor to have had the opportunity to spend some time with your family. Mr. Briggs was always so welcoming. Though he will be tremendously missed, what wonderful memories of this great Christian man, husband, father, father-in-law, and grandfather you will all carry with you. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. Tina Rizzi and Family

  • February 09, 2009
    Lee and Colette Cort says:
    Daphne, Dave, Jennifer, Katie and Kyle, How privilaged we have been to have known Bill over almost 40 years! He was so encouraging in our early Christian walk (as Daphne was too)and a very positive influence in Lee's walk with the Lord. We have spent many hours of fellowship both in Chicago, in CA and in enjoying your hospitality in Hendersonville. Always a gentleman and a gentle man, I know he will be very missed by his family and the community. You have our heartfelt sympathy and prayers. "No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him." 1 Cor.2:9. Bill is enjoying all of that now! We love you and are praying for you. Lee and Colette