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

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312 5th Avenue West
Hendersonville, NC 28739

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  • February 09, 2009

  • February 09, 2009
    Melonie Harris says:
    Please know that you and your family are in our prayers. We have many memories of our times at the lake. We rejoice that he is no longer suffering and that he is with the Lord.

  • February 10, 2009
    Donna Crawford says:
    Daphne, I have to miss the service this afternoon. Kenmure has an event each June to raise funds to fight cancer. I am chair of a sub-committee and have a previously scheduled meeting for that this afternoon. Bill was a well-liked gentleman. It was an honor to know him and am glad for the wonderful years you had with him. Blessings and prayers, Donna Crawford

  • February 10, 2009
    Allen & Lynnette Raines says:
    We are saddened for your loss and the loss of our Church. Bill was always such a sweet addition to the halls at First Baptist. Know that our thoughts and prayers are with the Briggs family.

  • February 10, 2009
    Terry Boyd says:
    Dear Daphne, It was with great sorrow that I learned of Bill's passing. I will always remember Bill as a true Southern Gentleman. He was insturmental in my successful carreer at IBM and I always thank him for accepting me into IBM's Corporate Internal Audit function. My wife, Janet, and I extend our deepest sympathies to you and your family. [I am not quite sure though if Janet will ever forgive me for inviting Bill to join us on our honeymoon in northern Minnesota!]. With fond memories...Terry