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Jean Briggs

Jean Miller Briggs

Monday, November 12th, 1945 - Wednesday, July 15th, 2020
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Jean Elizabeth Miller Briggs, 74, of Mars Hill, North Carolina passed away peacefully on Wednesday, July 15, 2020. She was a native of Haywood County, the daughter of Stephenson Henry Miller and Bessie Arrington Miller, who predeceased her. She was also predeceased by a brother, James H. “Bud” Miller. She was a member of Hazelwood Baptist Church and recently attended Calvary Baptist Church.

Jean is survived by Bruce B. Briggs and their daughter E. Ashley Briggs and her husband, Robin Lyles, and her beloved cat, Oscar. She is also survived by a sister, Barbara Bryson and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Jean was a very attractive person in many ways and was selected as “Miss Haywood County” as a young lady and later, while a student at Mars Hill College she was selected “Miss Laurel” for the annual Laurel Pageant. She graduated from Mars Hill College with a Bachelor’s degree in Home Economics.

She worked in the business community for a number of years and returned to Waynesville to care for her elderly father and her mother during their last illnesses.

Jean was very family-oriented and enjoyed her association with them, preparing many special dishes and meals for her family and the Briggs Sunday dinner. She was very attached to her young nieces and nephews which she considered the same as her grandchildren.

Jean was a people person and had numerous friends during the past few years. She especially enjoyed working part time with Rachel Graves at the “Cottage Door” in Weaverville, where she renewed old friendships and made new friends.

A funeral service will be conducted on Saturday, July 18, 2020, at 3:00 PM at Calvary Baptist Church, 1343 Bailey Street, Mars Hill, with the family receiving friends at the church at 2:00 PM prior to the service.

Tim Lolley, pastor of Hazelwood Baptist Church will be conducting the service. Pallbearers will be Mike Sease, Grayson Briggs, Jerry Robertson, William Briggs, Jimmy McAlister, and Steve C. Powell.

Memorials can be made to your favorite charity in Jean’s memory. Online condolences may be sent to the family at
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Saturday, July 18th, 2020 | 2:00pm - 3:00pm
    Saturday, July 18th, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm
    Calvary Baptist Church
    1343 Bailey Street
    Mars Hill, NC 28754
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  • Service

    Saturday, July 18th, 2020 | 3:00pm
    Saturday, July 18th, 2020 3:00pm
    Calvary Baptist Church
    1343 Bailey Street
    Mars Hill, NC 28754
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    Rev. Tim Lolley
  • Interment

    Mars Hill Baptist Church Cemetery
    73 Cemetery Drive
    Mars Hill, NC 28754
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Mary Sisk

Posted at 10:46am
I am heartbroken at the loss of Jean...She was a beautiful lady with a warning smile...We graduated together from WTHS in 1964...and went out into our future...I ran into her again "many years" later in a little store in Waynesville and she remembered me...that was so special to me...But..that was Jean....My prayers are for your family to go forward with God's love and comfort...Take care of her little Oscar...🙏❤🙏

Donna Surles

Posted at 08:42am
I remember Jean. She was a very good patron of the Waynesville library. She was beautiful inside and out. She was always cheerful and a joy to see.

Ron Phelps

Posted at 06:50pm
My sincere sympathy,
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Terry Rogers

Posted at 05:44pm
Bruce, Ashley and family,
I am deeply saddened by the news of your loss. May the Lord bless and comfort each of you and your family members during this time of grief. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Terry Rogers

BJ Freeman

Posted at 04:45pm
We are so very sorry for your loss. You are in our prayers and we are thinking of each and every one of you. Please know you are loved and we pray for God's grace in the coming days. Gene and Carta Freeman and Family, Leicester

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