Kathryn Raper Briggs

April 21, 1948March 10, 2018
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New Bern, NC Kathryn “Kathy” Raper Briggs, 69, of New Bern died March 10, 2018. She is survived by her husband Bobby Briggs, her children Rob Briggs and Christina Smith, both of New Bern and her grandchildren Garrison Smith, Chandler Smith, Madison Starr, Mallory Gosnell, Victoria Jones and Crystal Jones. Kathy enjoyed spending time with her Jesus every morning and spending time with her family. She was a life speaker, wisdom giver, and selfless prayer warrior. She loved others and her church. Her service will be at 2 pm Saturday, March 17, 2018 at Latitude Church. The family will receive friends following the service. Arrangements are by Cotten Funeral Home and Crematory.


  • Celebration of Life Saturday, March 17, 2018

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Allisha Conner

March 28, 2018

Mrs. Briggs was my 7th grade Language Arts teacher and she was a great teacher at that. She made sure her students knew how to properly structure a sentence and a paragraph for the 7th grade writing exams, she wanted nothing but 4s for her students 😊. Very stern but well respected as well as her good friend and fellow teacher Mrs. Patrick’s. She was very much encouraging as well as many other teachers at Spring Lake Middle during that time. RIH Mrs. Briggs and Thank You for taking time to teach me something.

Shawnna Benson (McComas)

March 17, 2018

Rip Mrs Briggs you taught me in 6th and 7th grade at spring lake junior high. I remember days in class when i wouldn’t be working to my fullest potential and you would be like i know who your mother is i taught her to i can give her a call if you would like lol. Teachers like you are what our kids need today you went above and beyond to give us the best education. You will be truly missed and we will keep you and your family in our prayers through this difficult time.

Yolanda Taylor

March 17, 2018

Mrs briggs was my teacher at springlake jr high who was and amazing teacher who listened and cared alot about each person she also taught me how to prepare myself in the real world growing up and was was ahead of me and to never give up she will be truly missed

Chris Rey

March 17, 2018

There are so many people who come into your life. They sometimes are there for the good and sometimes for the bad. Mrs. Briggs truly was there for the good.

Growing up in Spring Lake was tough but I could always count on Mrs. Briggs to remind me that there is a life outside of Spring Lake and I have to be prepared to seize the moment. She would always say you can’t seize the moment if you don’t know how to speak or write well. She was my 7th grade language arts teacher. She gave me the tools to succeed and my life has never been the same.

I credit Great teachers like her who prepared me for the world. As the former Mayor of Spring Lake, Army Officer, Lawyer and Business Owner, I owe many of my life success to a great foundation that was layed by great teachers like Mrs. Briggs.

I know her family has lost a great treasure but take comfort in knowing that what she planted in so many of us will never die. Her lessons, and love meant a lot to many of the kids of Spring Lake and I know she would be proud to see how many of us turned out.

Praying for comfort for you all during this moment. God Bless You All

Hon. Chris V. Rey, J.D.
Former Mayor, Spring Lake NC (2011-2017)

Carmen (Burnette) McKinney

March 16, 2018

Mrs. Briggs was my Language Arts teacher in junior high. She was a kind spirit and she cared for each student sincerely. I always remember her when I reflect on my junior days. I pray her family is comforted during this time and her memories last forever.

Jessica Doering

March 16, 2018

I had the privilege of having Mrs. Briggs in the 7th grade back in 97-98. Like many of my classmates she def helped shapes a bunch of us. She will be missed.

Annie Colon

March 16, 2018

Mrs. Briggs was my 7th grade teacher at Spring Lake Middle. She would always arrive to the school early and let me in the classroom to help her clean and prepare for the day or talk. There wasn't much a 12 year old could talk about, but she was always there to listen and give sound advice. She was a beautiful person who made a huge difference in many people's lives. She will truly be missed.

Kay Griffin

March 16, 2018

My love and prayers are you during this difficult time. I have so many memories of our "growing up" years that I have no idea where to start. Being first cousins in a very close and loving family is a treasure that I hold dear to my heart. Seeing the wedding photo made me remember that Constance, my daughter, was your miniature bride at Little Rock, the same church that I was married in and was "Granny's" family church. Another special memory was a family reunion at your house that was before we lost all of our parents - I looked at some of the reunion pictures the other day. I must say it brought tears to my eyes but lots of happy thoughts of wonderful family people.
I am sorry that I am unable to attend her service but I sure it will be a wonderful tribute to her and her life. I will be there in spirit with love in my heart for Bobby and the rest of her dear family.

Margaret Hames

March 16, 2018

My dearest and best friend of 44 years. Kathy and I met thru our husbands who were in the Air Force together. A friendship that was never broken even though years would go by without seeing each other. My prayer partner and confidant and a friend who will forever be in my heart❤. Until we meet again dear sister in Christ!

Jennifer Young

March 16, 2018

Mrs. Briggs was my 7th grade writing teacher at Spring Lake Middle School. I enjoyed her class very much! I’ll never forget how much she wanted us to all get a “4” on the writing test. I was the only one in the grade who got a 3.5 and she was so proud of me. LoL, I never thought it was a big deal but I never forgot that! I always wondered what happened to her when I would drive home and pass Spring Lake to visit my parents. She will me missed !