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Mary Pierce Hughes Passes

Mary Pierce Hughes, age 68 of Denton, NC died Saturday, July 19 at Hinkle Hospice House in Lexington. A funeral service will be held AT 2:00 pm Thursday, July 24 at Briggs Funeral Home Memorial Chapel. Burial will follow at Siloam United Methodist Church Cemetery. Family will see friends from 6:00 to 8:00 PM Wednesday at Briggs Funeral Home in Denton. Born April 24, 1946 in Forsyth County to Royce Reece Pierce and Millie Frances Barnes Pierce. She was a retired employee of Teleflex Company. She was married to Felix Hughes, Jr. who died in 1993. Survived by a daughter Lora Hughes of Denton; a son Ronnie Hughes of Asheboro; brothers, Charles Pierce and Dolan Pierce both of Thomasville; a sister, Louise Elberson of Thomasville; grandchildren, Dustin Wayne Bailey and Justina Lynn Hughes; great grandchildren, Bladyn Ray Bailey and Xander Felix Gage Bailey.

Direct line to Mary Briles Pearce


Yet Another Funeral Home Debacle!

imageFT. WORTH- Eight bodies were found at the vacant Johnson Funeral Home in Ft. Worth, Texas. You can read the full story here.

The explanation provided by the directors of the home is unacceptable! This is a trend across the nation with regards to funeral homes. The dead are disrespected and the surviving are left to wonder and suffer mental anguish.


Harvey Ellis Rich Dies

imageHarvey Ellis Rich, 65, of Sophia, NC, died Tuesday, July 15, 2014, at The Randolph Hospice House. Wake: 11:00am to 11:30am, Thursday, July 17, 2014, at Ridge Funeral Home. A graveside service is scheduled for 12:00 pm Thursday, July 17, 2014, at Mt. View Independent Methodist Church Cemetery with Rev. Wayne Pugh officiating. Native of Randolph County, NC, born April 5, 1949. He was the son of late George Rich and Miranda Hoover Rich. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Roberta Rich and sister, Ruby Rich Cagle. Survived by his cousins, Charles Bulla and wife, Ann, Virginia Lilly and husband, Earl, Grace Humble and husband, Harvey, Doris Bulla; special friends, Farrell Turner, Alvin Hoover, Susan Farmsworth, Ray Satterfield, David Kenyon, seven employees of the Mountain View Market, and faithful friend, "Bandit". Veteran and Purple Heart recipient.

Direct line to Rachel Briles Whisenhunt

Bruce Snider Passes; Direct line to Rachel Briles Hoover

James Bruce Snider, 88, of Denton, died Monday, July 14, 2014, at Hinkle Hospice House in Lexington Graveside service will be at 1 p.m. Friday in Tom's Creek Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Briggs Funeral Home. Born April 25, 1926, in Davidson County to Everett and Cora Mae Pierce Snider; preceded in death by his son and daughter-in-law, Stanley Bruce and Helen Surratt Snider, and brothers Warren and Lowell Snider. Surviving are his wife, Vonciel Bisher Snider of the home; grandson David Bruce Snider and wife Jill of Denton and John Snider and wife Carole of Pfafftown; brother John Snider and wife Carole of Pfafftown; sister Elaine Voncannon of Denton; sister-in-law Sylvia Snider of Mount Airy; two great-granddaughters, Mercedes and Taylor; and three nephews, Arlie and Allen Snider and Ben Voncannon.

Direct line to Rachel Briles Hoover


Robert Timothy Briles Dies

Robert Timothy "Tim" Briles, 65, of Trinity, NC, died Thursday, July 10, 2014, at The Randolph Hospice House. Family will receive friends from 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Monday, July 14, 2014, at Ridge Funeral Home. Funeral service is scheduled for 4:00 pm Monday, July 14, 2014, at Ridge Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow at Oaklawn Cemetery in Asheboro. Native of Randolph County, NC, Mr. Briles was born March 3, 1949. He was the son of the late Robert Briles and Margaret Gallimore Briles. Survived by his aunts and uncles, Donna and Gilbert Briles, of Trinity, NC, Wendell and India Briles, of Asheboro, NC, Ruth Ann Gallimore, of Trinity, NC, Ruth Tedder, of Asheboro, NC, Troy Loflin, of Statesville, NC, and numerous cousins.


Charlotte Anna Ivy Briles Dies

imageCharlotte Ann "Anna" Briles, age 73, of Odessa, passed away on July 6, 2014 in Odessa, Tx. Visitation is on July 9, 2014 from 6-8 pm at Sunset Memorial Gardens and Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be on Thursday, July 10, 2014 at 4pm at Sunset Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Jimmy Braswell officiating. Born on August 15, 1940 in Stamford, Texas to Curtis Ivy and Maxie D Welch Ivy. She married Ernest Dudley Briles on May 18, 1968 in Stamford, Texas. Preceded in death by her parents, Curtis Ivy and Maxie D Welch Ivy. Survived by her loving husband Ernest Briles, their three children, Charles Mauldin (Chuck) and wife Kathy of Spring, Tx, Jana Susan Rector and husband Dale of Lubbock, Texas and Angela Carolyn Briles of Dallas, Tx., 3 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild, two sisters Carolyn Weaver and Cindi Bailey, both of Abilene, Tx.



Clarence Lee Robbins Jr.

imageClarence (Junior) Robbins Jr., 80, a lifelong resident of Trinity passed on Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at Wake Forest Baptist Hospital. Funeral services will be held Sunday, June 29, 2014 at 3:00 P.M. at Hopewell United Methodist Church in Trinity with the Reverend David Mercadante officiating and Joe Peterson giving the eulogy. Interment will follow at the church cemetery. Born on February 02, 1934 in Davidson County, a son of the late Clarence Lee Robbins Sr. and Nellie Johnson Robbins. Preceded in death by his parents, an infant daughter, Christine Robbins; a grandson, Christopher Stevens; and three brothers; Alby Robbins, David Robbins, and Benny Robbins. Surviving: his wife Ann Dunivin Robbins; his daughters, Cathy Stevens and husband Tim and Leslie Toth, all of Trinity; sons; Craig Robbins and wife Sherri of Trinity and Mark Robbins and wife Deanna of Kinston, Al.; a sister; Frances Fields and husband Earl and a brother, Kermit Robbins and wife Myra all of Trinity. He also leaves behind grandchildren; Brandy, Ashley, Joshua, and Harley; and great-grandchildren; Kaitlyn, Taylor, Adessa, Caleb.

Direct line to Mary Briles Rush


Charles Evans Hoover Dies

imageCharles Evans Hoover passed June 15, 2014 in Kapalua Bay, Maui, Hawaii. A memorial service will be held in memory of Charles Hoover at First Wesleyan Church in High Point at 3:00 on Sunday, June 22nd. Born April 8th, 1937 in Randolph County to Joseph Hobson and Lanie Johnson Hoover. Preceded in death by his father, Joseph Hobson Hoover; his mother, Mary Layton Hoover; and his brother, Dale Johnson Hoover. Survived by his wife, Shirley Murrow Hoover; his son, Michael Charles Hoover of King and his wife, Sherry; his daughter, Melanie Hoover Patton of Kernersville, and her husband, Kevin. He is also survived by four grandchildren: Jordan Michael Hoover, Kaley Ann Patton, Connor Evans Patton and Quinn Bryant Patton; and one brother, Joseph Neal Hoover of Colfax.

Great Great grandmother is Rachel Briles Whisenhunt. Also great, great, great grandson of Rachel Briles Hoover.

Martha Imogene McDowell Ridge Dies

imageMartha Imogene McDowell Ridge, 85, of Denton, NC, died Tuesday, June 10, 2014, at her home. Wake: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Wednesday, June 11, 2014, at Ridge Funeral Home and other times at the home. A funeral service is scheduled for 11:00 am Thursday, June 12, 2014, at Pleasant Union Community Church with Rev. Danny Miller officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery A native of Randolph County, NC, born October 12, 1928 the daughter of the late Martha Tryphenia Pierce McDowell and Eli Lenville. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Edwin Lee Ridge, three sisters and five brothers. Survived by her daughters, Dianne Gray and husband, Terry, of Asheboro, NC, Joanne Ritter and husband, Levis, of Ramseur, NC, Susan Moore and husband, Conley, of Franklinville, NC; son, Dennis Ridge and wife, Sandra, of Asheboro, NC; sister, Vida Swaney, of Thomasville, NC; brother, Casper McDowell, of Asheboro, NC; grandchildren, Dwayne Ritter, Tina Yates, Scott Gray, Rob Moore, Steven Moore; step-granddaughters, Angie Winslow, Amy McDonald; five great grandchildren and four step great grandchildren.

Mrs. Ridge is the great great granddaughter of Mary Briles Pearce. Her husband, Edwin Ridge, is the son of Nora Maie Briles.


Ollie Loflin Holder Dies

imageOllie Loflin Holder, 86, of Siler City, died Sunday, June 8, 2014 at Siler City Center. Wake 6 PM to 8 PM, Monday, Loflin Funeral Home, Ramseur. Funeral Services, 3 PM, Tuesday, June 10, 2014, at Loflin Funeral Home Chapel, Ramseur; Billy Hussey officiatin. Burial will be in the Farmer United Methodist Church Cemetery, Denton. Native of Randolph County, the daughter of the late Edgar and Lillie Laughlin Loflin. Preceded in death by her son, Marty Kennedy and grandchild, Harry Wade Staley, Jr. Survivors: daughters, Sabrina Kennedy Black, and husband, Chris, of Siler City, Rhonda Mashburn, and husband, Tony, of Sanford, sons, Harry Staley, and wife, Betty, of Asheboro, Greg Kennedy, and wife, Donna, of Siler City, sister, Virginia Foley, of Asheboro, thirteen grandchildren, several great grandchildren.

Great Great Granddaughter of Elizabeth Briles Laughlin

Gladys Mae Hulin Brown Dies

imageGladys Mae Hulin Brown 86 passed away on Thursday May 29, 2014 at her home. Funeral services will be held Monday, June 2, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. in J.C. Green & Sons Chapel with Rev. Elton Welborn officiating. Entombment will follow in Holly Hill Memorial Park Cemetery. Born on January 26, 1928, a daughter of the late Henry Hulin and Adie Gordon Hulin. She was preceded in death by her husband of 70 years, Daniel Charles Brown, as well as two daughters; Carroll Gray and Edith Ann Brown. Surviving is her daughter; Janice Cranford of Thomasville, a son; Jerry D. Brown and wife Linda of Holden Beach, NC; a sister; Donna Mabe and husband Steve of Thomasville; also surviving are grandchildren; Tabitha Mickey, Kendra Koontz, Barry Cranford, Daniel Cranford, Tara Cranford, Jeffrey Brown, Timothy Brown, Jeremy Brown, and Kimberly Brown. Gladys was also blessed with 16 great-grandchildren.

Direct line to Margaret Briles Kindley

Norman Austin Briles

YELM, Wash.- Norman Austin Briles, 85, formerly of Plainville, passed away peacefully at home on May 8. A graveside service, Rev. Alfred Helms officiating, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 31, 2014 at Plainville Cemetery in Indiana. Born Sept. 29, 1928, in Epsom, to the late Austin and Helen (Scott) Briles. He was a veteran, serving in the U.S. Army. Survived by his wife of 60 years, Verda M. (Burkhart) Briles; a daughter, Cathy E. Briles of Overland Park, Kansas; a son, Douglas J. (Mary) Briles of Yelm; and a half brother, Bill Dawson. Preceded in death by his sister, Ramona Smiley; two half brothers James and Gene Dawson; and a half sister, Nancy Hinkle.
Arrangements are being made through Poindexter-McClure Funeral Home.

Charlie Odell Nance Passes Away

Charlie Odell Nance, 86, of Piedmont Crossing, passed away on Wednesday, May 21, 2014. Graveside service will be held Friday, May 23, 2014 at Holly Hill Memorial Park at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Pete Bumgarner and Rev. Joe Beane officiating. No formal visitation will be held. Born June 17, 1927 in Randolph County to John Nance and Mary Wall Nance. Veteran in the U. S. Navy serving with the Seabees during World War II; preceded in death by his parents. Married October 9, 1946 to Ruby Wardlaw Nance, who survives of Piedmont Crossing. Also surviving are sons, John Nance and wife Marilyn of Trinity, and Tom Nance and wife Kim of Thomasville; daughters, Sherry Bumgarner and husband Pete of Thomasville, Martha Jo Hill and husband Jimmy of Denton, and Gina Fidler and husband Scott of Raleigh; one brother, John Nance, Jr. of Thomasville; eleven grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

Direct line to Margaret Briles Kindley.
Line: Charlie Odell, Nance, Melinda Wall Nance (his mother), Roaner Kindley Wall, Jacob Kindley, Jessie Kindley, William Kindley, Margaret Briles Kindley

Faydene Hill Garner

Faydene Hill Garner age 81, of Denton died Saturday, May 17, 2014 at Mountain Vista Health Park in Denton. Funeral services will be held 11:00 AM Monday, May 19, at Briggs Funeral Home Memorial Chapel conducted by Rev. Tammy Talbert. Interment will follow in Mountain View Memorial Gardens. Born February 13, 1933 in Davidson County to Walter Lee Hill and Eva Jane Pierce Hill. Surviving is husband; Harold "Frick" Garner, sons; Steve Garner and wife Lisa of Lexington and Scottie Garner and wife Wendy of Denton, daughter; Shelia Gallimore and husband Steve of Denton; grandchildren (5); Nicole Gallimore Hickey, Alex Garner, Keegan Garner, Dakota Garner, and Jason Hayes, great grandchildren (4); Jeremiah Garner, Lillian Hickey, Steven Garner, and Leigha Hickey.

Direct line to Mary Briles Pearce.


Kenneth Briles Dies

imageKenneth M. Briles 60 of Howard City, died Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at his home. The family will receive friends Friday from 6-8 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs and Saturday from 12 noon until time of service at 1:00 pm. Mr. Robert Shaffer officiating. Interment Ft. Custer National Cemetery, Augusta. Born December 2, 1953 in Grand Rapids, MI the son of Wayne Eugene and Sheldrick (Carter) Briles. Surviving are his wife, Irene whom he married on April 20, 1974; children, RoxAnne (Joe) Heasley, Bryson (Lisa) Briles; grandchildren, Mista, Jerzy, Kaleb, Meisha, Cody, and Megan; great grandchildren, LaTaya and Lilliana; eight brothers and sisters; many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his parents and a brother.


Carol Parrish Parrish Dies

Carol Parrish Parrish age 69, of Denton died Friday, May 2, 2014 at Hinkle Hospice House in Lexington. Family will receive friends on Wednesday from 1:30 to 2:30 PM at Briggs Funeral Home in DentonA graveside service will be held 3:00 PM Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at Mountain View Memorial Gardens in Denton conducted by Rev. Charles Moses. Born October 7, 1944 in Randolph County to Charles Lester Parrish and Annie Mae Loflin Parrish, preceded in death by her husband; James A. Parrish and by a son; Patrick Neil Kindley. Survivors include, son; Nathan Kindley of Denton, step brother, Edward Loflin (Susan) of Denton, sisters; Bonnie Swaney (Donald) of Asheboro and Kathy Bowers (Dwight) of Thomasville. Mrs. Parrish's great great grandmother is Elizabeth Briles Robbins.

Direct line to Elizabeth Briles Robbins.

Wife of Robert R. Briles Dies

Elizabeth F. (nee Oates) Briles, beloved wife of the late Robert R. Briles Sr. passed away April 26, 2014. Family will receive friends on Wednesday morning 9:30am to 11am (at church) followed by Mass of Christian Burial 11am at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, St. Lawrence Campus, 135 N. White Horse Pike, Lindenwold, NJ 08021. Burial to follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Berlin, NJ.Survived by son Robert R. (Betty) Briles Jr. of Franklinville, Betty Ann Briles (Farrell) of Pine Hill, six grandchildren, Robert Briles III, Thomas Farrell III, Sean Farrell, Kevin Briles, Timothy Briles, Kristine Carlson, 9 great grandchildren, brother-in-law Robert Macdonald of Norristown and many loving nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Robert R. Briles passed away in 1989. He is the son of the late Gaither Ellsworth Briles.

Grandson of Bertha Briles Dies

imageBobby Baker Hill, 85, of Trinity, NC, died unexpectedly Monday, April 28, 2014, at High Point Regional Hospital. Family will receive friends from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Thursday, May 1, 2014, at Ridge Funeral Home.A funeral service is scheduled for 11:00 am Friday, May 2, 2014, at Poplar Ridge Friends Meeting with Pastor Brian Donley and Pastor Dave Mercadante officiating. Burial will follow in the meeting cemetery. A native of Randolph County, NC, Mr. Hill was born November 14, 1928. He was the son of the late John Albert Hill and Lena Mae Baker Hill . In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Clementine Louise Monroe Hill who died in 2011 (Married 1950); Two brothers, William (Bill) Hill and Albert Hill also preceded him in death. Survived by daughters, Carolyn Hill-Fotouhi and husband, Nader, of Ringoes, NJ; Mary Lynn Fancher and fiance, Rob Janson, of Frisco, TX; stepdaughter, Janet Dow and husband, Louis, of Trinity; and stepson, John Harrell and wife, Pam, of Eddy, TX; brother, Kenneth Hill and wife, Gladys, of Burlington, NC; grandsons, Lucas Fancher and Pars Fotouhi. Grandson of Bertha Briles Hill.

Tildon George "Slab Man" Floyd Dies

imageTildon George "Slab Man" Floyd, 84, went peacefully to be with the Lord on April 16, 2014 at his home with his family by his side following two years of declining health. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, April 19, 2014 at 3:00 PM at High Rock Baptist Church with Rev. Darrell Summey and Rev. Jr. Summey officiating. Burial will follow in Cid United Methodist Church Cemetery. Mr. Floyd will remain at the J.C. Green & Sons Funeral Home in Thomasville until taken to the church 30 minutes prior to the service. Born on September 8, 1929 in Randolph County, a son of George H. Floyd and Minnie Moore Floyd. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Odessa Grubb Floyd on December 28, 1996; two brothers, Roy and Archie Floyd; and two sisters, Louise Summitt and Virgie West. Surviving are three daughters, Brenda Summey and husband Wayne and Wanda Parrish and husband Ralph, all of Lexington, and Janet Grubb and husband Wayne of Trinity; five grandchildren, Angie Owens and husband Neil, Shanda Swaney and husband Carl, Shaneil Parrish, Thad Parrish and wife Cassie, and Misty Hughes and husband Scotty; eight great-grandchildren, Candice, Jessica and her husband Jason, Preston, Haley, Aneil, Chasen, Haven, and Brianna; three great-great grandchildren, Talynn, Jaycie, and Journee; numerous nieces and nephews; and special friend, Reba Nobles of Lexington. Direct line to Margaret Briles Kindley

Ola Laughlin Johnson

imageRANDLEMAN- Ola Laughlin Johnson, 86, of Randleman, died Friday, April 11, 2014, at Randolph Hospice House in Asheboro. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Monday, at Loflin Funeral Home Chapel, Ramseur. Officiating will be the Rev. Bruce Johnson and the Rev. Wayne Pugh. Burial will follow at Pleasant Cross Christian Church, Asheboro. Native of Randolph County, She was preceded in death by her husband, Albert E. Johnson; her parents, Shelley and Mattie Wright Laughlin; brothers, Grady Laughlin, Worth Laughlin, Leslie Laughlin; and sisters, Beulah Gray and Aretta Hill. Survivors include daughters, Becky Pugh and husband, Rev. Wayne of Sophia, Carla Hazelwood of Randleman; sons, Roy Johnson and wife, Stephanie of Asheboro, Rev. Bruce Johnson and wife, Joyce, Carlton Johnson and wife, Shelia, David Johnson and wife, Sherry, all of Randleman; sisters, Nelia Craven of Asheboro, Leona Cox of Randleman; brother, Carl Laughlin and wife Juanita of Randleman; 14 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren.
Great grand daughter (x4) to Elizabeth Briles Laughlin

Guilford County Added to NC Vitals!

imageGuilford County Online Vital Records Request System is now Live! You can order vital records from Guilford County and six other counties, courtesy of N.C. Vitals! NCVitals.com is a simple interface allowing visitors to request certified copies of birth, death, and marriage certificates. Each request cost $10 with a nominal processing fee of $1. You can pay using Visa, Mastercard, Discover or American Express. At this time, paypal is not accepted. You will need to upload a Passport, Government issued Driver's License, Government issued State Identity Card or Military ID Card for identification. Other counties are Avery, Columbus, Haywood, McDowell, Robeson, and Yancey. Hopefully more counties will be added later. This is a great source if you need vital records and live in another state! Many thanks to Jeff Thigpen and his team for allowing access to vital records via NCVitals.com!

Johnsie Pierce Brantley

Johnsie Pierce Brantley, age 66, of Asheboro died Monday, April 7, 2014 at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, Winston- Salem. Family will receive friends Friday, April 11, 2014 from 6 - 8 PM at Pugh Funeral Home, 437 Sunset Avenue, Asheboro, NC. Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 12, 2014 at 2:00 PM at Pugh Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Jonathan Shook and Pastor Jim Pearman officiating. Burial will be in Oaklawn Cemetery. Born September 3, 1947 in Asheboro to John and Golda Pierce. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Tony Brantley and sister, Gail P. Connor. Survived by son, Rob Brantley and wife Jennifer of Lexington; daughter, Jami Moffitt and husband Gary of High Point; grandchildren, Zeke Brantley , who called her "B" and Avery Lindley; sisters, Sharon Pierce of Asheboro, Janet Wilson and husband Rick of Durham, niece, Erin Connor of Greenville, SC; special friend, Lisa Willard. Direct line to Ansel & Mary Briles Pearce

Margaret Cameron Tavendale

image"If tears could build a stairway, And memories a lane, I'd walk right up to Heaven And bring you home again." Our beloved Margaret Cameron Tavendale has walked the righteous stairs and into the arms of thy savior. Her homecoming came Saturday night, April 5, 2014 at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee, Scotland. Born June 13, 1927 in Montrose, Scotland the second eldest of eight to the late Charles Millan & Beatrice Hampton Cameron. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Gordon Tavendale, brothers Charles & Tommy Cameron and her sister Elizabeth Bushnell "Betty" Morrison in 2012. It is the wishes of Margaret to be cremated and no services are planned, at her request. "Although it's difficult today to see beyond the sorrow, May looking back in memory help comfort you tomorrow." Those who are left to mourn until the coming of the Lord are her children, Douglas & Beryl Tavendale; sisters Sheila Cameron Spellman (Johnny Spellman), Catherine Cameron Briles (James Rex Briles); Brothers James Hampton "Mickey" Cameron and Garry Cameron (Mary McLean); and three grandchildren. Margaret is my aunt and sister to my mother Catherine Cameron Briles. We are deeply saddened at the passing of Margaret and ask for prayers for our family. May God place his hands on our grieving family and give us strength to carry on with precious memories of Margaret God Speed!

Lillian Lucille Spencer

imageLillian Lucille Spencer passed away Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at Skeet Club Manor where she had been a resident for the last two years. Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 29 at 1 pm at Poplar Ridge Friends Meeting with Reverend Dr. Brian Donley and Pastor David Mercadante officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Interment will follow the service in the church cemetery.Born on July 26, 1922 in High Point to the late George Washington Spencer and the late Flossie Farlow Spencer. In addition to her parents, Lucille was preceded in death by three sisters, Eula Spencer Savage, Ruth Spencer Ward, and Pearl Spencer Hill. She was also preceded in death by a brother, Cicero Henry Spencer. Survived by several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.

Ms. Spencer's great grandmother is Nancy Briles Kindley

George Talmadge Briles Dies

The Briles Information Network has received word of the passing of George Talmadge Briles who passed on March 16, 2014 in Guilford County, NC. Born on July 27, 1939, he is the son of the late John William "Buck" Briles and Sara Ellen Williams. This death has been verified through the Register of Deeds in Guilford County, however no formal death notice is available. The BIN will obtain a copy of the DC to see which funeral home handled the arrangements. Surviving is his step sister, Gail Smith Beck and half sister, Bonnie Briles Henry.

Evelyn Skeen Rothrock Hill

imageEvelyn Skeen Rothrock Hill, 78, passed away Thursday, March 6, 2014 at Forsyth Medical Center. Graveside funeral services will be on Tuesday at 1:00 PM at Holly Hill Memorial Park Cemetery with Rev. M.F. Morton officiating. The family will receive friends on Monday from 6:00 until 8:00 PM at J.C. Green and Sons Funeral Home in Thomasville. Born on May 23, 1935 in Davidson County to Howard and Louetta Skeen Rothrock. She was preceded in death by her daughter Eugenia Hill and her husband Douglas Eugene Hill. Surviving are her daughter, Robin Hill McLain and husband Michael of Thomasville, son, Douglas Allen Hill, wife Glenda, and family of Trinity, sisters, Edna Campbell of Thomasville and Ellen Alexander of Lexington, and grandson Dr. Michael McLain, Jr., Ph.D.

Direct line to Mary Briles Pearce.

James Junior Hulin Passes

imageJames Junior Hulin, age 76, a resident of Pine Ridge Health and Rehab, passed away in the Thomasville Medical Center, Friday Feb 28, 2014. Funeral services will be held Monday, March 3, 2014 at 2 P.M. in J.C. Green & Sons Chapel with Rev. Myra Ward-Brown and Rev. Jack Rose officiating. Burial will follow in Mt. Zion United Methodist Church Cemetery in Thomasville. Born June 4, 1937 in Randolph Co. NC, son of the late Jim Hulin and Nellie Mae Loflin Hulin. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a daughter, Janice Jarrett and a brother, Bobby Hulin. On July 4, 1954 he was married to Sylvia Hooks Hulin, who died January 26, 2012. Surviving are daughters, Carolyn Curry and husband Marvin and Cindy Rose and husband Joey, both of Archdale and Jamie Tucker and husband Paul of Thomasville; sisters, Patsy Shaw and husband Larry of Randleman, Shirley Jester of Trinity and Dorothy Floyd of Thomasville; eight grandchildren, Jordan Rose, Eden Latham, Scott Howard, Tim Davenport, Angie Hunt, Crystal Rowe, Jeff Jarrett and Burl Davenport; and seven great-grandchildren.

James Hulin's grandmother is Mamie Briles Loflin .

Audrey Lorraine Walker Brown

imageAudrey Lorraine Walker Brown, 45, of Asheboro, NC, passed away peacefully Tuesday, February 18, 2014, at Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital. Wake: family will receive friends from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Thursday, February 20, 2014, at Ridge Funeral Home.A funeral service is scheduled for 11:00 am Friday, February 21, 2014, at Hilltop Baptist Church with Rev. Joe Brown officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. A native of Randolph County, NC, born March 21, 1968 daughter of the late Clinton Eugene Walker and Audrey Emery Walker who survives. Also surviving is her husband of 27 years, Johnie Brown, of the home; mother, Audrey Emery Walker, of Asheboro; sister, Donna Street and husband Richard, of Morganton, NC; brother, Chad Walker and wife Michelle, of Denton, NC; sister, Melody Greene, of Asheboro, NC; brother-in-law, Randy Brown, of Asheboro; mother-in-law, Ruby Brown, of Asheboro; nieces, Heather Greene and Megan Walker; nephews, Kevin Walker and Matthew Greene.

Direct line to Frederick Briles via Mary Briles Pearce.

Ella Briles Stewart Dies

JAMESTOWN-Mrs. Ella Lee Stewart, age 87, died Thursday, February 13, at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem. Funeral Services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Sechrest Funeral Service Chapel in High Point with the Reverend Bruce Hartgrove officiating. Burial will be in Guilford Memorial Park Cemetery. The family will receive friends thirty minutes prior to the service at the funeral home. A native of Orange County, born December 10, 1926, a daughter of the late Willard and Ollie Ward Briles. On December 21, 1946 she was married to James Robert "Buster" Stewart, who died September 26, 2007. In addition to her husband and parents she was also preceded in death by two brothers, Warren and Walace Briles. Survived by four children, Mary Carol Forkner and her husband Bobby of Asheboro, Janice Zachary and her husband Barry of Archdale, Vivian Stewart of the home and Lisa Shuster and her husband Roger of Charlotte; a sister-in-law, Margaret Ann Lewis of High Point; six grandchildren, Jeff Reed, Emily Warehime and her husband Sam, Liz Ahmadivarji and her husband Arya, Todd Zachary and his wife Karen, Brandon Zachary and his wife Mandy and Craig Forkner and his wife Akane. Also surviving are twelve great-grandchildren, Kirsten, Brianna, Brandon, London, Yancey, Kyndall, Spencer, Aubrey, Maddox, Takeru, Ellie and Robert.

Bonnie Briles Stokes

imageBonnie Stokes, 91, of Beaumont, Texas died Friday, January 31, 2014, at Pelican Bay Assisted Living, Beaumont. Wake: 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., Monday, February 3, 2014, at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, 1350 North 23rd Street, Beaumont. Her funeral service will be 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, February 4, 2014, at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, with her interment to follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Beaumont Born on October 29, 1922, to Leona H. Connally Briles and Worthy H. Briles, in Fort Worth. Survivors include husband, Jerome Stokes; sons, Rev. Rodney G. Spencer and his wife, Kim, of Memphis, Tennessee and Gary M. Spencer and his wife, Renee, of Beaumont; grandsons, Cale M. Spencer, Jeremy D. Spencer, and Walker Bussey-Spencer; granddaughter, Mollie Bussey-Spencer; three great-grandchildren; brother, W.E. Briles; sisters, Jeanie Cookston; and sister-in-law, Jewel Briles.

Franklin Stevens Briles Dies

imageFranklin Stevens Briles passed December 10, 2013, in Fallbrook California at the age of 92. A private family burial is planned at the Crystal Cathedral, Memorial Gardens. Celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, February 1, 2014, 1:30 PM. Born August 5, 1921 to Franklin Thomas Briles and Anna May Briles Schott. Passing before him is his older brother Paul Briles, ex-wife Joyce McLean Briles Eadie and son Franklin Stevens Briles Jr. Surviving are: daughter, Linda J. Briles, Garden City, KS; daughter, Susan B. Lyon , Cayucos, CA; son, Scott A Briles, Anza, CA; daughter, Carrie B. Foldesi and husband, Steve, Puyallup, WA; daughter, Maureen Hawke and husband, Jeff, Rolling Hills Estates, CA. NOTE: Death notice posted today via Daily Breeze Newspaper.


Dr. David Briles Named NAI Fellow!

image The National Academy of Inventors (NAI) has named 143 innovators to NAI Fellow status, one of which is Dr. David Briles. Dr. Briles is a professor of Microbiology and Pediatrics at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He holds several patents in pneumococcal vaccine antigens. His present studies are on protein virulence factors of pneumococci, their mechanisms of action and potential use in vaccines.

Election to NAI Fellow status is a high professional distinction accorded to academic inventors who have demonstrated a highly prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development, and the welfare of society.

Dr. Briles will be inducted by Andy Faile, deputy U.S. commissioner for patents with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, during the Third Annual Conference of the National Academy of Inventors, on March 7, 2014, in Alexandria, Va. Each will receive a special trophy and rosette pin.

Dr. Briles is the son of Dr. Worthie Elwood Briles and the late Clara Wilson Briles. The Briles Information Network congratulates Dr. Briles on this prestigious award!


Kenneth "Ken" Clayton Lambeth

Kenneth "Ken" Clayton Lambeth, 60, a resident of Fuller Mill Road North passed Thursday, January 9, 2014 at his home. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 12:00 noon at the J.C. Green & Sons Funeral Home Chapel in Thomasville with Rev. Terry Boles officiating. Interment will follow in Holly Hill Memorial Park Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Saturday one hour prior to the service from 11:00 - 12:00 noon at the funeral home. Born on August 27, 1953 in Davidson County, NC to the late Dalton Clayton Lambeth and the late Barbara Ann Nichols Lambeth. On July 2, 1988, he married Janet Lee Parker, who survives of the home; also surviving are a daughter, Lindsey Drennan and husband Chris of Thomasville; brother, Terry Lambeth and wife Sharon of Kure Beach, NC; grandson, Nicholas Drennan; aunts, Nancy Parker of Archdale and Ruth Osbourne of Wilmington, NC; and nephew, Chad Lambeth and wife Penny of Thomasville. Direct line to Briles: Tabitha Briles Kendall


Rachel "Rae", Wife of Cecil Briles Dies

Rachel 'Rae' Briles passed away January 5, 2014 in Oregon. A service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014, in Portland, at Hustad's Chapel. Born Feb. 20, 1921, in New York, she was married to the late Cecil O. Briles who passed in 1999. Burial will be in the Williamette National Cemetery in Portland, Oregon. Survivors include her son, Tony (Judy); daughter, Rhonda; two grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter. Cecil O. Briles Line


Jim Briles, Officer of the Year in Asheboro!

imageASHEBORO-Asheboro Police Detective James Rex "Jim" Briles has been selected as the 2013 Asheboro Police Officer of the Year. Briles has been a member of APD since 1999 serving in patrol, Criminal Investigations, Vice/Narcotics and again in CID/CSI. He is son of James Rex and Catherine Cameron Briles. Det. Briles is a license pilot and enjoys riding his motorcycle. He is also the brother of R. Trent Briles, Curator of the Briles Information Network. Congrats big brother on your award!







Coming Soon


The BIRN is on a 24 hour loop of old time radio programming and recent episodes from Flickers from the Cave. We will go live along with new shows and programming later this year along with our own APP! You can listen now on the site or on TuneIN.....



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