James “Wess” Briggs, 83, of Chester, SC passed away Saturday, September 28, 2019, at Piedmont Medical Center in Rock Hill. A native of Yancey County, Wess was a son of the late Anderson “An” and Aleatha Laws Briggs. He was the husband of 49 years to Carolyn Ann Spence Briggs who died in 2009. He was also preceded in death by siblings: Mary Ellen Murphy, Edgle, Clifton and Steven Briggs. Wess was a US Army Korean Veteran, and a member of American Legion Post 122 in Burnsville. He retired from Springs Manufacturing after 43 years and also did carpentry work. Wess was an avid hunter and fisherman. He enjoyed his grandchildren.
Surviving are his son: Spencer Briggs and wife, Anne, of Lancaster, SC; 3 grandsons: McKenzie “Wess” Briggs, Jesse Scott and Trace Jackson Briggs; siblings: Leonard Briggs and wife, Evelyn, of Chester, SC, L. C. Briggs and wife, Sheryl, Opal Shook and husband, Charles, and Willard Briggs and wife, Joan, all of Hickory, and Maggie Briggs Wilmoth and husband, Arthur, Barbara Ammons and husband, Keith Harding, Flossie Fox and husband, Edison, Kenneth Briggs and wife, Janice, and Howard Briggs and wife, Jewell, all of Burnsville; sisters-in-law: Carliss Briggs and Louise Briggs; and his beloved dog: Patch.
Funeral services will be held at 2PM Tuesday in Bowditch Freewill Baptist Union Church, of which he was a member. Revs. Dwight Pearson and Ronnie Whitson will officiate. Burial will be in the Pete Young Cemetery with grave rites conducted by Sgt. E. L. Randolph Chapter 57 DAV.
The family will receive friends from noon until 2PM at the church, and at other times will be at the home at 386 Sam Jones Road, Burnsville, NC.
Memorials may be made Bowditch Free Will Baptist Union Church, C/O Louetta Jarrett, 420 Rice Road, Burnsville, NC 28714.
Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home in assisting the Briggs family.
Bowditch Free Will Baptist Union Church
C/O Louetta Jarrett, 420 Rice Road, Burnsville NC 28714