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Dunbar Funeral Home (Devine)

3926 Devine ST, Columbia, SC

OBITUARY

George Michael Briggs

March 6, 1951July 28, 2020

George Michael Briggs “Mike,” 69, was called to his eternal home on July 28th, 2020, after a courageous battle with lung cancer. His unwavering faith in God, will to live, and devotion to his family and friends gave him strength to continue glorifying God throughout his illness. Mike was born on March 6, 1951, in High Point, NC, where he grew up with his parents George and Helen Briggs and his younger sister, Patti. He graduated from the University of South Carolina, where he studied English and ultimately went on to pursue his doctorate in Political Science. While attending USC, he met and married the love of his life, Lilla Ann. Married for 43 years, Mike and Lilla Ann adored each other and loved every minute of raising their four daughters together. In the past several years, they have been blessed with five grandchildren, who are a constant source of love and joy to “Big G and Nana.” Known for his genuine care and concern for others, he touched countless lives in both his business and church communities. For 23 years, Mike worked as President and CEO of Central SC Alliance where he recruited industry to the Midlands and created countless jobs for the people of South Carolina. Mike also enjoyed teaching in the Political Science Department at USC as an adjunct professor. In 2018 he was inducted into the 50 Most Influential People in Columbia Hall of Fame. While he was dedicated and successful in his career, his family and his church remained his first priorities. For 40 years, Mike and Lilla Ann Briggs have been active members of Shandon United Methodist Church in Columbia. Mike’s love for Christ led him to use his God-given talents to create & start ‘Lifeline’- Shandon’s contemporary worship service. As worship leader and lead singer of the Lifeline Band for over 20 years, Mike’s strong voice was heard each Sunday singing praises to God. In 1998, he began volunteering as a youth group counselor and continued to serve on Youth Mission Project trips, helping to build and repair homes in Hollywood, South Carolina. He taught youth and adult Sunday school classes and also spearheaded a wheelchair ramp ministry to love and support community members in need. Mike was the epitome of a loving husband, a devoted father, and a loyal friend. His Godly wisdom, unwavering optimism, and comforting hugs will forever be tucked firmly in the hearts of all who knew and loved him. His legacy of faith will be carried on by Lilla Ann, his wife and biggest supporter, and their daughters Lilla (David), Wimberly (John), Ashley (Matt), and Georgia (Cameron) and grandchildren (Wells, Molly Mae, Sims, Noah, and Beckett). In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be made to Shandon United Methodist Church in loving memory of Mike Briggs. Due to COVID-19, a private family burial will be followed by a private family service. The service celebrating Mike’s life will be live streamed at 11:00am on Friday, July 31st. Our family would love for you to click the link below to join us virtually. https://youtu.be/-rOeqX47u28v

In addition, we will plan an event celebrating Mike’s remarkable life of service to God (tentatively July 2021). More details will be announced at a later date.

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Sam Moses

August 4, 2020

We wish the Briggs family our deepest sympathy on the loss of Mike. He left such a positive mark on the Midlands community due to his leadership on economic development in Columbia. He will be sincerely missed and we will reflect on so many cherished memories of him for many many years to come. With deepest condolences, Sam Moses

Deborah Smith

August 2, 2020

An amazing man who bravely helped shape a new direction for South Carolina- one of success, of international standing and respect and gave us South Carolinians pride in our state. He also helped to put money in our pockets.

When asked for help he never said no, and it was his will that was the principle driver towards success for the Midlands

He loved his family so much. He was so proud of the vocal success of his daughter.

A truly good man. He will be greatly missed.

Nelson Jarvis

August 1, 2020

I played in the Shandon Lifeline band. I used to hear a praise songs on the radio and think to myself "I've played that song before". Now when I hear a praise on the radio, I just think about Mike Briggs and what he meant to me and so many people. He did more than just pick songs and sing, he shared his life and encouraged others through the music ministry. He will be missed.

Hal Johnson

July 31, 2020

My thoughts and prayers are with all of the Briggs Family!

I have so many fond memories of working with Mike in our rolls leading our respected Alliances and as a local economic developer in Orangeburg. Mike was always a voice of reason. I appreciate his stern, but always teaching leadership and guidance along the way. I always looked to Mike for input and considered his experience valuable as a friend and a colleague. God Bless you my friend! I know you are at peace and in a really good place next to our father in heaven. HJ

Neel Lesesne

July 31, 2020

So sorry to hear about the death of Mike! He was such a big part of Shandon Methodist. We were in his Sunday School class long ago and they hosted events at their home. Always so welcoming and friendly. He will be greatly missed!

Peter Wittig

July 31, 2020

Condolences to the Briggs family from the Wittig‘s. The four years that Georgia and Molly were classmates and teammates at Spring Valley were fun times. It gave us the opportunity to socialize and fellowship with Mike and Lilla Ann. Those were fun memories. Mike was a very friendly and loving man. I appreciated the opportunity to get to know him. Praying for the family at this time.

Eleanor & Edward Kellett

July 31, 2020

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. We are so sorry for your loss. We pray for comfort and strength in the days ahead. 🙏🏻

Lydia Kellett

July 31, 2020

My heart, thoughts and prayers go out to you Lilla Anne and your family. Your extended family is thinking about you. Lydia

Meinolf Muhr

July 31, 2020

Mike was one of the greatest guys, I’ve ever met. He was a real good friend and I will never forget what he has done for me. Meinolf

John Koenig

July 31, 2020

Mike was the kind of man who would bring out the best in people. It is a pity there are not more like Mike and a sadness that now there is one less. My prayers and condolences for your loss.

FROM THE FAMILY

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