James E. Briggs

Middle Granville, New York – James E. Briggs, 79, of Middle Granville, New York, left this life suddenly on Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2022, the result of an auto accident.

Born in Albany, New York, on Feb. 6, 1943, he was the son of the late John E. and Helen (Marceau) Briggs.

Jim’s family moved to Mayfield, New York, when he was young. He graduated from Mayfield High School in 1961.

He was a Viet Nam vet, serving in the U.S. Air Force from 1961 to 1969. He then worked for the Xerox Corporation and eventually retired from the U.S. Postal Service, having worked in both the Ticonderoga, New York, and Glens Falls, New York offices.

Jim was a member of American Legion Post 224 in Ticonderoga and VFW Post 6196 in Queensbury, New York. He was a longtime volunteer for the Granville Food Pantry and participated in the laying of the wreaths at the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery. He very much enjoyed bowling in the Sunday Seniors Bowling League.

Jim loved the St. Lawrence River and visited his aunt Betty Briggs Carr there every summer. His funeral was planned on the day that would have been her 100th birthday. They are both smiling about that.

Jim is survived by his son Dreu Briggs of Walden, New York, and daughter Maria Briggs of North Creek, New York; brother Ronald (Diane) Briggs of Amsterdam, New York, and sister Susan (Norman) Valdez of Tucson, Arizona. He was blessed with two grandchildren Katelyn Tennyson and Joshua Briggs, as well as nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his parents and infant sister Barbara Jane Briggs.

Visitation was held on Thursday, Nov. 3, at the Robert M. King Funeral Home, 23 Church St. in Granville, from 4 to 6 p.m. A funeral followed at 6 p.m. at the funeral home. A burial with full military honors took place on Friday, Nov. 4, at the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, 200 Duell Rd. in Schuylerville, New York at 10 a.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 1350 Concourse Ave., Suite 142, Memphis, TN 38104, Church Health at churchhealth.org or the Granville Ecumenical Food Pantry, PO Box 342, Granville, NY 12832 where Jim volunteered.

Online condolences may be made at robertmkingfuneralhome.com.