Lewis "John" W. Briggs

September 11, 1935January 5, 2019

Saturday morning, January 5th, Lewis “Johnny” W. Briggs found peace surrounded by his family in his home with the wonderful care of Hospice. Lewis was born September 11, 1935 in the town of Kortright, NY. He was the third of five children. He attended South Kortright Central School. Shortly after graduation he joined the United States Army and spent time in Alaska and Arizona. Following his honorable discharge from the Army Lewis worked at Feather and Screen with his Aunt Mary and Uncle Harry Briggs. On June 16, 1963 he married Fern Doyle and shortly after joined the New York State Department of Transportation where he eventually retired from after 28 years. Throughout his life he was a volunteer firefighter with the East Meredith Fire Department, a member of the National Rifle Association, enjoyed hunting, and was an avid golfer at Colonial Ridge Golf Course in Laurens, NY. Lewis spent many years flipping pancakes at his Uncle Frank’s Pancake Day at the East Meredith Fire Department and sitting on Farmer’s Row at Charlotte Valley Central School. He followed Charlotte Valley boy’s and girl’s athletics, watching nieces, nephews, his daughter, grandchildren, and many adopted athletes. His lifetime pass is a true testament to his devotion to Charlotte Valley athletics. Lewis not only showed devotion to his community, but also to his family. Over the past 23 years he has taught his grandchildren to hunt, drive, be kind, and how to face everyday challenges. Lewis was predeceased by his parents, Clyde and Iona Briggs; brother, Gordon Briggs; daughter Lucinda D. Briggs; grandson, Paul R.L. Keil; niece Rhonda Hitchcock; nephew, Michael Briggs; sister-in-law Helen Briggs; and brothers-in-law Ralph Doyle, Joseph Kosier, and Edwin Marshall. He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Fern Briggs; daughter Cindy Lutz (Mark); granddaughter Megan Orlowski (Jason); grandson, Andrew Keil; step-grandchildren Jenna and Nicholas Lutz; brother Carlton Briggs; sisters, Norma Hitchcock (Ernie) and Jean Kosier (Dave Wikoff); brothers and sisters-in-law, Claudia Marshall, Judy Doyle, Fred and Liz Doyle, Michael and Heidi Clune; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Calling hours will be held at Bookhout Funeral Home in Oneonta on Saturday January 12th from 5 to 8 p.m. The funeral service officiated by Pastor Kathy Brumbaugh will take place Sunday January 13th at 2 p.m. at Bookhout Funeral Home, followed by a gathering at the East Meredith Fire Department. In lieu of flowers please consider making a donation to the East Meredith Fire Department: East Meredith Rural Fire District, P.O. Box 65, East Meredith, NY 13757, Attn: Chief David Briggs A private burial will be held in the spring at the Charlotte Valley Cemetery, West Davenport.


  • Ronnie Beers, Active Bearer
  • Dave Briggs, Active Pallbearer
  • Michael Clune, Active Pallbearer
  • Patrick Clune, Active Bearer
  • Fred Doyle, Active Pallbearer
  • Andrew Keil, Active Pallbearer
  • Mark Lutz, Active Pallbearer
  • Jeff Toombs, Active Pallbearer


  • Visitation Saturday, January 12, 2019
  • Funeral Service Sunday, January 13, 2019

Lewis "John" W. Briggs

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Debbie Sherwood

January 13, 2019

Sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with Fern and the family

John and Rose Pietrefesa and Family

January 12, 2019

We extend our prayers to Fern,Cindy and Family

Thomas Fox

January 9, 2019

Capt lou. We called him. He was my first boss when I started at the D.O.T. Great man, Great teacher!
God bless

Ann and Terry Seeley

January 9, 2019

Fern, Cindy and Family

Our deepest Sympathy are with you and your family.

Brenda, Bob and Joshua Pantalone

January 9, 2019

Fern, Cindy and Family,

You are in our thoughts and prayers at this time. Johnny was a gentle soul and will be missed. I have fond memories of the pancake suppers and the dinner we shared last year. Sending hugs to you.