William Frazier Briley

November 10, 1930November 12, 2012

William “Bill” Frazier Briley, 82, of Raleigh, died on Monday, November 12, 2012 at his home, surrounded by his children.

A native of Hickory, NC, he was born on November 10, 1930 to the late William Oscar Briley and Grace Estelle Frazier. Bill graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill undergraduate and law school, and was a veteran of the US Air Force. He was an attorney with the NC Attorney General’s office for much of his career, and a member of the Scottish Rite of Free Masons of North Carolina. An active member of Trinity Baptist Church, Bill will be remembered as a devoted husband, father and friend.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Eleanor Smith Briley, and leaves to cherish his memory his son Robert Briley and wife, Linda, of Cary; son Reese Briley and wife, Kim, of Raleigh; daughter Mary Giallo and husband, Joseph, of Saratoga, CA; and daughter Leigh Panek and husband, Mark, of Manlius, NY. Also surviving are his seven grandchildren, Erin Briley, Matthew Briley, Lindsey Almond, Joseph Giallo III, William Giallo, John Panek and Caroline Panek.

The family will receive friends Friday, November 16, from 1:30 – 2:45 at the Trinity Baptist Church narthex, 4815 Six Forks Road Raleigh, NC 27609. A memorial service will follow at 3:00 in the church sanctuary.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Trinity Baptist Church or to the American Cancer Society.

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  • Receive Friends Friday, November 16, 2012
  • Memorial Service Friday, November 16, 2012

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November 20, 2012

Dear Briley family,Please accept my condolences on your loss. I worked with Bill in the AG's office for a number of years and I know first hand what a fine man he was. I also know how proud he was of all of you and of your mother, his beloved Eleanor.
I was so sorry I couldn't attend the service for Bill. We were at our extended family Thanksgiving celebration. I know your holidays will be hard this year but that you will also have many wonderful memories to be thankful for. Sincerely, Ann Reed

Linda Judge-McRae

November 20, 2012

Dear Briley,
Mr. Briley and my father, Sam Judge, were very good friends from Trinity Baptist Church. Mr. Briley was a great support to my father in my mother's death in November 2011. I enjoyed talking with him on my visits to Raleigh. He was such a gentleman and will be sorely missed.

Gretchen Clark

November 19, 2012

Dear Leigh,
I'm so sorry to hear about your dad's death. He was such a nice man. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Gretchen Blair Clark (Gretna, VA)

Richard Moore

November 16, 2012

I am saddened to learn of Bill's passing on. I worked with him for many years with the Attorney General's staff and recall many kindnesses shown to me by him. He taught me so much and was a very good man.
W. Richard Moore
Special Deputy Attorney General (Ret.)

November 16, 2012

Dear Family of Mr. Briley,

I worked as a secretary with the Attorney General's Office with Mr. Briley. He was a very kind man and was always very pleasant. My thoughts and prays are with you. Gloria Powell

November 15, 2012

Dear Mary and family, we are so sorry for your loss. We're praying that the Lord will give you strength and peace in the days to come. Rod and Heather Vance

November 15, 2012

Dear Rob, We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Our condolences to you and your family.
Rajiv Joshi & Family (Amber Road)

November 15, 2012

Dear Mary, I am so sorry to hear of your dad's passing. I have great memories of spending lots of time at your house and talking with him and your mom. Love Carolyn Freitag

Scott, Cynthia, and Mac Ingram

November 14, 2012

We were so sorry to hear of your loss. The thoughts of many are with you at this time of sorrow.