Harvey Clifford Briley
May 14, 1936 – February 15, 2021
Harvey Clifford Briley, 84, was born May 14, 1936 in Chireno, Texas, Nacogdoches County. He went home to be with his lord and savior Jesus Christ on the morning of February 15, 2021, after a valiant 12 year battle with cancer. Harvey was the 4th of 8 children, born to Everett and Bertha Sullivan Briley. He loved his big family and cherished fond memories of growing up in Chireno. He was a very active student at Chireno High School being named Mr. Chireno 1954 at graduation. He was a devoted son, helping his parents provide for his younger siblings by working odd jobs. He even drove the school bus while in high school. He worked at the family business, the Briley Brothers Planing Mill, as well as local business Nibco. He later followed his siblings and job opportunities to Houston, where he drove for Coca-Cola before finally joining the Houston Police Department in 1959.
In 1960, Harvey met the love of his life, Betty Joyce Bailey, who was a secretary at the police department. Harvey and Joyce were married on April 6, 1963 at Pineview Chapel where they remained faithful members. They would have celebrated their 58th anniversary in April. He loved Joyce dearly. He always remembered their anniversary with flowers and gave Joyce her favorite 'See's Candy’ every Valentine's Day. Harvey and Joyce had three wonderful children, Alan, Michael and Jena and 3 precious grandchildren, Jaeden, Caleb and Kira.
Harvey was a devoted husband and father, dutifully providing for his family by often working three jobs without complaint. After 25 years of service, Harvey retired from the police department at the rank of lieutenant. He then started his own private investigation, security and insurance adjusting business before retiring a second time. Harvey was a very loving, affectionate, active and engaged father. He instilled the importance of God, education and hard work in his children. He truly enjoyed spending time with his family. He planned wonderful family trips, including camping in the Piney Woods of East Texas and riding the river in New Braunfels. He coached little league and was one of his kid's biggest fans and cheerleaders. His children knew they could count on him to offer encouraging words, lift their spirits and instill confidence in times of hardship. Harvey’s undeniable favorite role was "Paw Paw". He loved his grandchildren immensely and spoiled them just as much. You could never convince him that candy or sugary cereal was bad for the grandkids or made them hyper. He made sure he had candy on hand every time he saw the kids to their delight. He enjoyed playing, cooking for and napping with the grandkids. He doted on and loved his “babies” so much and they loved and adored him. He also loved his grand-dogs and spoiled them too, always having dog treats with him when he visited. He loved his very own Bella who was his devoted companion the last two years of his life.
Harvey was the family patriarch, strong, determined and reliable. He was the go-to-guy when someone needed help or advice. Without fail, he was willing to lend a helping hand from jumping a dead car battery, fixing a flat tire, checking out suspicious noises or characters, lending money to someone in need or helping his children move residences many, many times. If someone was in trouble, whether it was family, a neighbor, at church or wherever, he would be there to help in whatever way he could. His compassion and generosity were endless as was his devotion to God. He prayed faithfully, whether alone, as the head of the table or family event. His trust in God's plan was unwavering. There's no doubt that his faith guided him through the most difficult days of his life. He loved the fellowship he received at Pineview Chapel throughout his 58 years as a member. He taught his children and grandchildren to love and nurture their relationship with God and their church family. He was so thankful for the prayers and support from Pineview over the years.
Another great love of Harvey's was baseball. During baseball season you could be sure that he was watching his beloved Astros at home, in person or listening on the radio. He saw the first Colt 45's game with his father-in-law on April 10, 1962 at Colt Stadium, the first AND last Astros game in the Astrodome and the first Astros game at Enron/Minutemaid Park. He and Joyce enjoyed season tickets in the Crawford Boxes for many years. Their friends and family knew just where they sat and would always stop by and visit before or during the games. He was overjoyed to watch the Astros in two World Series appearances. He was even at the famous game 5 in 2017 afterwards telling his daughter that it was the best game he’d ever seen and he had seen many. Baseball brought him much joy and respite throughout his life.
Harvey's quiet strength, grace, optimism and kindness, naturally brought those who knew him to love him and they will miss him dearly.
Harvey is preceded in death by his parents, Everett and Bertha Briley and six siblings. Left to cherish his loving memory is his wife of 57 years, Betty Joyce Briley, son Alan Briley and partner Nicael Dais, son Michael Briley, daughter Jena Briley and spouse Erin Holmes, grandchildren Jaeden, Caleb and Kira Briley; sister Illsa Briley Spradlin and brother E. B. Briley as well as many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
The family will receive friends for a visitation on Friday, February 26, 2021 from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM at Brookside Funeral Home, 13747 Eastex Freeway, Houston, TX 77039. A funeral service will take place on Saturday, February 27, 2021 at 2:30 PM in the Grand Room at Brookside followed by burial at Brookside Memorial Park. Following the burial a reception is scheduled at Pineview Chapel, 742 E Hardy Rd, Houston, Texas 78433.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Harvey 's memory may be made to Sandy Creek Bible Camp, 5051 Prayer Ln, Washington, Washington, Texas 77880 US, https://www.sandycreek.org/donations/.
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.brooksidefuneralhomelauder.com for the Briley family.
- Caleb Briley , Honorary Pallbearer
- Nicael Dais
- Andrew Davies
- Donald Spradlin
- Darrin Forse
- Mark Smith
- David Smith
- Steve Smith
- Gregg Briley
- Sandy Creek Bible Camp
Harvey Clifford Briley
March 2, 2021
Many fond memories of going to the Astros games, getting to know your family through the years was our pleasure. Harvey was kind and considerate and had a wealth of knowledge, didn't matter what the topic of conversation was, he was in the know. I was most appreciative for Harvey's remembrance of my husband at his memorial last year, he often spoke as if Paul had been like a younger brother. Having been a part of Pine View all their lives, they had a lot more in common but none more fun than the Astros games. If not for great love there would be no grief, it will be hard, lean on God's promise to take you by the right hand. Godspeed as you continue the journey.
February 28, 2021
Proud to be relatives with such a great family filled with love. The basis of that Love was Uncle Harvey and my Aunt Joyce. Will always cherish the memories spent at our family farm in Brenham and all the sports Mike and I participated in. Harvey and Joyce were always so engaged and supportive. Harvey will be missed but the memories will last forever. To the family, With love Mark
Nicael Dais Sr.
February 27, 2021
Dear Sis. Joyce & Family,
CONDOLENCE..."May the God of all comfort, comfort you all in your hour of bereavement."God bless!... Pastor Nick & Josie Dais
February 27, 2021
I was blessed to have Uncle Harvey in my life. He was the kindest most caring and gentle man. He always looked out for his sisters and all of his family. He was my Hero. I Love you Uncle Harvey and I will miss you do much. I know you will watch over Your siblings and parents in heaven.
Alicia Salinas (Garcia)
February 26, 2021
I will always remember that every Astros game I attended, I always went straight to the Crawford boxes in hope to say hello to Mr. and Mrs. Briley! Mr. Briley always greeted me with a big smile and a warm hug. It was a tradition for me and a memory that I will cherish always! My prayers are with all of the family during this time. I love you all!
February 21, 2021
When I became friends with Jena on my arrival in Houston I had no idea that I would be blessed with a whole extra family! My Houston family!! Harvey (Mr. Briley to start) was so welcoming from the first time we met and I always knew I had a place to go if I needed it... to shelter from hurricane to the night I lost my keys and couldn't get in my house - his door was always open! I also got to spend time with him and the rest of the family enjoying his favorite pastime of watching his beloved Astros :). He was always there with wise advice and as a foreigner to Texas, it was always helpful! He was the heart of his family, loved by his wife and kids, and ADORED by his grandkids! Everyone who met his is blessed to have done so! Love, hugs, and prayers to all! xxx
Roger Dickson HPD(Ret)
February 20, 2021
I worked in Cargo Theft for a short time in '84 and can only say good things about Lt. Briley. My thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time. Please accept my sincere condolences and may God grant you strength in the days ahead.
Glenn and Doris Guettler
February 19, 2021
Dear Joyce and Family,
We want to extend our sincere sympathy to all of you. We share many pleasant experiences with you at Our Savior Lutheran School. May God comfort you, bless and keep you always in His care.
February 19, 2021
We always enjoyed visiting with him at Pineview Church during the services. Our prayers and love is with the family. We will all see each other in heaven, our home. Love Joseph, Jennifer, and Kira Schott
February 18, 2021
My favorite memory of Dad B is the countless hours he spent with me on the driveway teaching me a lay up for basketball try outs in junior high! ❤❤
I am very sorry we will not be able to make the service. I am scheduled for a pretty major surgery on Monday. We will be there in heart and spirit.
I love you all and you are in my prayers🙏💙