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.
I remember him as a child and still do. He was a very kind and loving man.
Garland will truly be missed. He was just a good person.
I will aiways rember Garland as a quit man until you get to him .He loved his family and was just a real good person.My thoughts are with you Thelma.
Dad was the very best dad! It was hard to let him go, but it is easier knowing he is not in any pain and rejoicing in Heaven!
Mr. Briley and I worked on a project together. He was a good man.
Though it has been many years since we have had contact, we want you to know we have you in our thoughts and prayers. We pray each day may be easier and brighter for you and your family.
Garland and his family has always been like a second family to me especially during my childhood. Garland will be missed and I know he is in good hands. I will always treasure the memoires of him with his family. You will forever be in my heart and memory. Stanley thought the world of him and he will truy miss Garland. Just want to let the family know I will always love them.
Stanley & Dixie
uncle garland,you are one of my favorite uncle,i will surely miss your smiles and listen to you talk about our your research on our family history.you will never be forgotten,now dont worry about aunt thelma now,we all will take care of her.she is my second mom.
love you forever
The things Garland did for so many and his contributions to the community will never be forgotten. Working with him in these organizations was a treasure!
Steve and Shirl
Though I didn’t see him much, I have fond memories of Garland. I can remember as a little girl, he would let me stand on his feet and he would hold my hands and walk around. He was very quiet but very loving. He left a great legacy.