Mr. Garland Ray Briley, age 70, died at Pitt Memorial Hospital in Greenville on Wednesday, January 27, 2010. He was a native of Pitt County. He was a member of The Church of God in Greenville, North Carolina. Garland served in the United States Army for 21 years. He mainly served as Chief Warrant Officer with the Defense Attache Office (DAO). Mr. Garland married his wife, Thelma Anders Briley, in 1961. He was stationed in many parts of the world as Operations Coordinator with the United States Embassy. He was honored with medals during his service to the United States which include, Chief Warrant Officer, National Defense Service Medal, 5 Good Conduct Medals, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medals and Joint Services Commendation Medal. Following retirement, he moved to Roxobel, where he became very active in the Roxobel Volunteer Fire Department as the secretary and treasurer, also returning to school where he attended Roanoke Chowan Community College earning a degree in Criminal Justice and Business Administration.
Preceding him in death are his mother and father, Gladys Whitaker and Dennis Briley, his daughter, Jayne Allicia Briley, and two brothers; Herbert and Buddy Briley.
Survivors include his wife, Thelma Anders Briley, his son, Jeffery Allen Briley, Sr. and his wife Lisa of Roxobel, his daughter Jenny Briley Stamper, and her husband Paul of Ayden, one sister, Magdaline Spain of New Bern. Also surviving are four grandchildren, Joshua and Rebekah Stamper and Leslie Catherine and Jeffery Allen Briley, Jr.