The Obit For Bill Briggs


Published in The Commercial Appeal on September 14, 2010

William D. Briggs “Bill”, passed away September 11, 2010, after a long illness. Born November 16, 1927, he was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.

Following graduation from Collierville High School, he pitched for the Memphis Chicks until he joined the Navy during World War II. Upon return, he played for the Chicago White Sox and then entered private business. He continued to coach young baseball players, helped lead the Kittle Pontiac team to the National Amateur Baseball Championship in 1958, and was inducted into the Memphis Park Commission Sports Hall of Fame.

Bill retired as National Sales Manager with Howard Miller Clock Company. He was an avid golfer and loved to travel with his wife of 62 years, Donna Smith Briggs. A lifelong Presbyterian, he served as Deacon and Elder in several congregations for over 50 years.

He is survived by his loving wife, Donna, daughters, Susan (Kenny) Dold and Janet (Carl) Meyner, and son, Billy (Gail) Briggs. He is also survived by seven grand-children, Amy Rich, Kevin Dold, Jennifer (Jim) Cande, Kristen (Josh) Daniel, Jennifer Carmack, Lauren Briggs, and Alex Briggs and seven great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be Tuesday, September 14, from 5-7 p.m. at Memorial Park Funeral Home. Services will be Wednesday, September 15, at 1 p.m. at Memorial Park with internment to follow.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be sent to Woodland United Presbyterian Church or the charity of the donor’s choice. Memorial Park Funeral Home, "Behind the stone wall", 901-767-8930