Jack D. Briggs

April 24, 1932March 18, 2014

Jack D. Briggs, 81, of Bryan passed away Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at St. Joseph Regional Health Center in Bryan. The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., Friday, March 21st, with a service to start at 6:30 at Memorial Funeral Chapel in College Station. A funeral service is scheduled for 3:00 p.m., Saturday, March 22nd at Bethel United Methodist Church in Logansport, LA. Burial will follow in the Bethel Cemetery.

Mr. Briggs was born April 24, 1932 in Michigan, the son of Rena Ellen (Raymond) Briggs and William Walter Briggs. Jack served in the Air Force as a military policeman and was stationed in Texas, Germany and Spain. After leaving the Air Force, he became a letter carrier and remained with the United States Postal Service until his retirement.

Mr. Briggs was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church in Bryan. Prior to moving back to Bryan in 2012, he was a longtime member of Bethel United Methodist Church where he was very active in various church actives and was a volunteer at local nursing homes. He was a very charitable man and would help anyone in need. He was an avid outdoorsman and loved to fish and hunt.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Faye Briggs and a sister, Joyce Spilo.

Survivors include his wife Yoon Sun Briggs; children, Bill Briggs & his wife Shannon of Lago Vista, TX, Jerry Briggs & his wife Herlinda of Bryan, Mary Praytor & her husband David of College Station; stepchildren, James Dean Curry, Glen Allen Curry, Karen Teal, Sharon Caldwell, and Neil Beckmann; a sister, Joann Nipple; grandchildren, Ashley Briggs, Leslie Darling, Melissa Briggs, Denise Bollig, Monica Briggs, Lindsey Field, Logan Praytor and Jessica Praytor; and 11 great grandchildren.

Pallbearers are Shawn Darling, Eric Chase, Gary Armstrong, Layton Field, Cody Caldwell, Logan Praytor, Tuffy Blankenship and Jimmy Hamilton. Honorary pallbearers are Johnny Fazzino, Bobby Belknap and Chris Bollig.


  • Visitation Friday, March 21, 2014
  • Funeral Service Friday, March 21, 2014
  • Funeral Service Saturday, March 22, 2014

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March 22, 2014

We are so sorry for your loss. My God keep fast hold of you with his right hand during this difficult time.

March 22, 2014

So very sorry to have lost a good man, friend, and neighbor. He will be missed by many but we know he is in a better place and there is no more pain. May God bless.

Rena Jo Pizzagoni

March 21, 2014

Hi Briggs Family,

One of my earliest childhood memories was our trip to Uncle Jack's house in Bryan, TX. On his ranch he had cattle, a horse and of course his birds. I must have only been about 3 years old at the time. I got so excited when I saw the horse! And then he was letting the older kids ride it and I wasn't going to stop asking until I got to go for a ride. Once in the saddle with my red cowboy hat on and my boots…. I never wanted to get off. That was the start of my love for horses. Every time we came to see him, Uncle Jack would always try to have a horse at the ranch for us to ride. I think one time he even borrowed a horse for us.

Our family trips to Texas to see our cousins were some of the best memories we hold dear to our hearts. So it would only be natural that when I started a family of my own that I would share my love for my family in Texas with my family and my daughter.

One of our most memorable trips as a family was to Uncle Jack & Aunt Yoon Sun place on Toledo Bend Lake in Louisiana and fishing on the boat! Regina had been fishing since she was 6 months old, so she was a pro at six years old with her Snoopy lifejacket and Snoopy fishing pool! Regina couldn't real them in fast enough, but she wanted to do it herself and Jack and Yoon Sun were in ahh. You couldn't wipe the smile off of Uncle Jack's face!

At one point Regina could believe how many fish there were and she kept looking over the edge of the boat to see if she could see them all. In her excitement her sunglasses fell into the water and she began to cry. Uncle Jack in his cute witty way said “Well now the fishies can see you better!” and promised her he would get her another pair. He did and then took us to run the cat fish trout lines on the other side of the lake. These cat fish where HUGE and it was soooo exciting to pull them into the boat! And the fish fries were Amazing!

I bet you all didn't know this but growing up I always thought Uncle Jack looked like Elvis!! With his hair slicked back… so handsome! And that devilish smile…. Cracked me up!
Uncle Jack was an amazing, loving, and caring man. We will miss him terribly, but our lives are far more richer because we were blessed to be a part of his.

Love and prayers to each and every one of you!

Rena & Regina Jo Pizzagoni

Dan & Gale Praytor

March 21, 2014

Mary, We are so sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. You and the family are in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless.

For the Commanders, Carroll R. Michaud

March 21, 2014

The Final Salute

“Brothers in Arms”, Military men and women down through the centuries, have traditionally exchanged “Hand Salutes” as a sign of recognition and as a way to render courtesy and respect one to another.

This “Hand Salute” is the last that we shall render to Jack D. Briggs our “Brother-in-Arms”. To his family it symbolizes the love and respect that we have for Jack. And to Jack it is rendered as a symbol of honor and gratitude to thank him for the devoted and selfless service he rendered to his country during the Korean War while serving in the U.S. Air Force. Jack, we commend you for your honorable service. You are a true patriot, who served with honor and distinction. You upheld the finest qualities of an American patriot warrior: courage, commitment, generosity, sacrifice, love and devotion to family and country. You were a true friend. We bid you a sad farewell. You will be dearly missed from among our ranks. Be at Ease. Rest in Peace.

On behalf of the 1,261 military veteran Legionnaires of Lowe-McFarlane Post 14 of the American Legion and the 233 veterans of VFW Post 2238 in Shreveport, Louisiana, we extend our sympathies and our condolences to Jack's family and loved ones.

Stephen J. Lavery, Commander, American Legion Post 14
5315 South Lakeshore Drive, Shreveport, LA 71109

James Mazariz, Commander, VFW Post 2238
1245 Gary Street, Shreveport, LA 71101

Beverly Pegoda(Smith)

March 21, 2014

Leslie.... I am so sorry for your loss. I know you will miss him greatly. Just know he is fishing up in Heaven. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Let me know if there is anything i can do for you sweetie. I love you. Beverly Pegoda(Smith)

March 21, 2014

will indeed be missed , great Christian and friend .Michael Fields


March 21, 2014


March 21, 2014

The dictionary defines "uncle" as a relative, but he is more than that. He is the one that shows you new ways to enjoy life with things like fishing and water skiing, and makes your Mom laugh like a little girl. I was blessed to be one of his nieces.

My prayers go out to his children, Bill, Jerry, and Mary, and to his lovely wife Yoon Sun, and his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

He was a man of faith and would want you to know that God is good and that because of the resurrection of Jesus that Easter is coming for all of us, but he got to celebrate it this week. I am happy for him, but will still miss him.