Herbert Eugene “Gene” Briggs, 77, of Sumter, husband of Nancy Pollard Briggs, died Monday, Oct. 3, 2011, at his home. Born in Birmingham, Ala., he was a son of the late Herbert Ernest Briggs and Ruth Tharpe Briggs Jones. Mr. Briggs was a member of the Episcopal Church of the Holy Comforter. He was the founder of Boy Scout Troop No. 86. He was the vice-president of engineering and sales for Briggs Air Systems and was a U.S. Navy veteran of the Korean War. Surviving are his wife of Sumter; two sons, William Scott Briggs of Sumter and Christopher Tovey Briggs of Colorado; a daughter, Katherine Briggs Young of Sumter; a step-daughter, Amanda Dameron Barham and her husband, Seth, of Athens, Ga.; a sister, Elaine Briggs Meshad of Sarasota, Fla.; and eight grandchildren. Memorial services will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday at the Episcopal Church of the Holy Comforter with the Rev. Dr. John Barr, the Rev. Marcus Kaiser and the Rev. Charlie F. Walton Jr. officiating. The family will receive friends following the memorial service in the church Parish Hall. Memorials may be made to the Episcopal Church of the Holy Comforter, P. O. Box 338, Sumter, SC 29151.
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