William Ray "Bill" Briggle

May 3, 1927November 18, 2021

William Ray “Bill” Briggle, 94, of Powderly, passed away Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021, at Paris Regional Medical Center. Bright-Holland Funeral Home has scheduled graveside services for 11:00 a.m. Monday, Nov. 22nd at Gladewater Cemetery in Mt. Pleasant. A formal visitation will not be scheduled. Mr. Briggle, the son of Loyd Briggle & Velma Marie Barton Briggle, was born May 3, 1927, in Sumner, TX. He served in the United States Army Air Corp during World War II from 1944-1948. Following his military service, he was a farmer and truck driver for several years. Bill then began his career as a heavy equipment and diesel mechanic. He was a member of the Powderly United Methodist Church. He was a 32nd Degree Mason, Scottish Rite, and a member of the Roan Oak Masonic Lodge # 860 at Garretts Bluff. Bill enjoyed the outdoors and loved his horses. He was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter, Regina Rae Briggle, on July 15, 1951, and two sisters, Melba Frances Chauvin & husband Al and Emma Loyd Lott. Survivors include his wife, Thema Laverne Newman Briggle, whom he married on May 14, 1950, building 71 years of family and memories, two sons, Jerrell Glen Briggle & wife Shelley and Dale Ray Briggle & wife Donna Sue, grandchildren, Jarrod Glen Briggle & wife Jerelen Ceith, Jorry Clinton Briggle & wife Chastiti Ann, Aric Braden Briggle, William Cade Briggle & fiancé Jessica Stapleton, and Cory Ray Briggle, great grandchildren, Jase Glen Briggle, Jake Wyatt Briggle, Jay Camden Briggle, and Cobi Adele Briggle, a brother-in-law, Bobby Lott, and several nieces & nephews along with a host of friends. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to Scottish Rite for Children, P. O. Box 199300, Dallas, TX 75219-9842.


  • Graveside Service

    Monday, November 22, 2021


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Judy David

November 21, 2021

So, so sorry. I know you all are going to miss Mr. Briggle terribly! Please know we have you in our thoughts and prayers! Love to you all.
Judy (Sharrock) and Ben David

Kim Owens Lemons

November 20, 2021

Dear Mrs. Briggle....though we never knew each other well Mr. Briggle being across the hall from my momma at Heritage House made our family feel as though we were neighbors. The day Mr. Briggle passed is the day we brought momma back to Heritage House from the hospital from sepsis. I will miss seeing that blue Ford pickup truck and seeing you Mrs. Briggle caring for your forever love in that room across the hall. What a blessing you were to each other and to those who watched your love from a distance. You will all remain in our prayers especially through the holiday season. Heaven gained a hero. I know he will be missed terribly. Love and prayers...Kim Owens Lemons
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Connie Reyes

November 19, 2021

He was such a great guy. Just loved him so much. He will be greatly missed and loved