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Davison-Fulton-Woolsey-Wilton Funeral Home

2408 West Willow Knolls Drive, Peoria, IL

OBITUARY

Deputy Taylor Hayes Briggs

January 2, 1998June 25, 2020

Deputy Taylor Hayes Briggs, 22, of Savoy, IL entered eternal life with Christ on Thursday, June 25, 2020.

He was born on January 2, 1998 in Bedford, Texas, the beloved son of Tommy H. and Janna M. (Bynum) Briggs Jr.

Survivors include his parents; brother, Hayden Thomas Briggs of Sherbrooke, Quebec; fiancée, Haley Ward of Pawnee, IL; grandparents, Tommy Briggs Sr. of North Richland Hills, Texas and Randy and Lynn Bynum of Double Oak, Texas; and many aunts, uncles and cousins in Texas and North Carolina.

He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Nancy Briggs and brother, Carter Wilson Briggs.

Taylor graduated from Dunlap High School and received his Bachelor’s degree from Illinois College in Jacksonville, where he played football for both. He had recently graduated from the University of Illinois Police Training Institute.

He worked as a Deputy Sheriff for the Champaign County Sheriff’s Office.

Taylor loved Haley, fishing, sports, his family & friends, laughing, protecting, and his truck.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, July 15, 2020 at Northwoods Community Church, where visitation will be held from 9:30 a.m. until service time. Pastor Mark Jobe will officiate. Honor Guard will be provided by the Champaign County Sheriff's office.

Davison-Fulton Woolsey-Wilton Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Fraternal Order of Police Illinois State Lodge at http://www.ilfop.org/StateAuxiliary/Support.aspx

Services

15 July

Visitation

9:30 am - 11:00 am

Northwoods Community Church

10700 N Allen Rd
Peoria, Illinois 61615

15 July

Funeral Service

11:00 am

Northwoods Community Church

10700 N Allen Rd
Peoria, Illinois 61615

Memories

Deputy Taylor Hayes Briggs

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Shane Cook

July 1, 2020

My deepest condolences to the Briggs' family and also Taylor’s fiancé Haley’s family- I only knew Taylor for a short time, but it's now obvious he had a great presence. I recall when Taylor first came to the Champaign County Sheriff’s Office for his first interview and how quickly we as the Sheriff’s Office wanted him to be part of our team. We didn’t even let him leave the building without first giving him the initial paperwork for the start of our hiring process. His personality was contagious combined with him being such a courteous and respectful gentle giant. I have been able to meet his fiancé Haley and her family while going through this tragedy, which just reiterated how much of a good man Taylor was. Haley’s family said “Taylor made their family better”, which I consider to be an amazing compliment. His family obviously had raised a good man and should be PROUD. Taylor had goals while being a Peace Officer and I know he would have gone as far as his heart desired! Forever Rest In Peace- Shane

Paula Haley

June 30, 2020

Briggs Family & Haley,

The staff of Illinois College Office of Residential Life would like to extend our sincere condolences to you. Taylor was such a strong Hall Director on campus and a great leader. He always had a positive upbeat personality and we enjoyed getting to know him. Our staff are like family to us. We will miss seeing him at Alumni events. Lifting you and your family up in prayer.

Denny Schumacher, Director
Jessica Flynn, Associate Director
Demetrius Brown, Coordinator
Paula Haley, Office Assistant

Vickie Ward

June 29, 2020

I remember the day Taylor asked to meet Mike and me for lunch to discuss His future with our daughter. Mike and I were so impressed because we never expected anyone to ask our permission. We figured they would come in together to just tell us they were getting married. He had everything planned out that he had been planning for months on how he was going to propose to her down to every detail. I was so happy he allowed us to be a part of that special day. My heart will forever be grateful for the time God allowed him to be in our lives. We are better people because of him. We will miss you Taylor and a huge hole is left with your absence! We love you so much!

Darrell Pine

June 29, 2020

Dear Briggs Family,
I can't fathom and I'm sure you can't either, but we know God knows and we can surely continue to trust Him as in all things. Hence, you'll have all your questions answered and understood over time. Till then, keep trusting in He who's given unperishable and unfathomable new life to your sons and trust Him for His good and prefect purpose and for filling in the seemingly unexplainable blanks, in His perfect and predestined time.

Wishing you God's grace, mercy and strength,

Darrell Pine

Darlene Bultemeier

June 29, 2020

I never knew any of your children but I know the Tommy Briggs. If your son was anything like you then he was a kind, caring man. I am so sorry for your loss. This has been a difficult year for your family. I can't imagine how you feel. I know you helped me with my son when he was young with a devotional for him. He has grown up into a fine man and you played a part in that with your wisdom. He has become a fine young Marine. I have been praying for your family and healing. Again sorry for your loss.

Garrett Traylor

June 29, 2020

I only knew Taylor briefly as one of his instructors in my library sessions at Illinois College, but I distinctly remember him as patient, thoughtful, and kind. I am deeply sorry for your loss.

David Walter

June 29, 2020

Taylor, or “Mr. Briggs,” as I called him, was my student at Illinois College. He contributed more to the discussions in my criminal and constitutional law classes than any other student. Taylor led by example, loved to learn the law, and looked forward to serving as a law enforcement officer. I am glad he was able to fulfill that dream as a Champaign County Sheriff’s Deputy, and I am heartbroken by his passing. I do not understand why one so young, so good, and so full of promise was taken from us here on earth. I like to imagine, however, that the Archangel Michael needed a stalwart guardian to stand watch and protect humankind, was as impressed with Taylor as I was and hired him on the spot. Godspeed, Mr. Briggs. You taught me a lot.

Emily Goebelt

June 28, 2020

Growing up with 7 cousins, there was never a dull moment. And you most certainly couldn’t have a dull moment with Taylor. He was loud, energetic, hilarious, generous, and kind. It was a joy to get to watch him grow up into a strong and courageous man of God. I can’t believe he’s gone, but I’m so glad to call him family. I had many great memories with the Briggs boys, many of which involved screaming out song lyrics while swinging on the swing set. Taylor knew he was loved by God and his family, and he loved others fiercely. I know Heaven was blessed this week. Love you, Taylor. See you later!

Richard Ferriman

June 27, 2020

I got the pleasure to have Taylor ride with me for two days before he went to academy. Taylor and I had football in common. We talked a lot about our experiences playing. Taylor came to Brown days after being released on his own for solo patrol. He always had a positive attitude and was eager to learn. It was a pleasure to work with him and a blessing to know him.

Deputy Richard Ferriman

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