Mr. Willie James Briggs

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Willie J. Briggs, 87, transitioned this life on Saturday, May 4, 2024 at the Arbors of Mifflin Nursing Home, Mansfield, Ohio after an extended illness with his daughter, Paula by his side.

He was a very strong man and a great fighter. Mr. Briggs was born in Red Level, Alabama on September 23, 1936, to the late Willie and Lizze Mae Briggs. Willie J. was baptized at Mount Hermon Baptist Church and attended church services when he was able. He was a contractor specializing as an electrician. Willie J. was one of the founders of the Mansfield Road Runners in 1963. He really enjoyed Christmas Day and racing and riding his motorcycle with his friends. He received trophies and money from racing his motorcycle. Willie J. was also known as “Mr. Quick”.

With a ninth grade education, Willie J. accomplished Briggs Grocery, Briggs City Hall, Briggs Auto Reconditioning, Briggs Home Improvement, Briggs Demolition and also, The A Club.

Willie J leaves to cherish his memory, 3 daughters, Paula Briggs, Kenya Young and Monique Petty; 4 sons, William and Edward Robbins, R. David (Cheryl) Jones, Torry (Tonya) Robinson; sister, Lily (Mizzel) Lane; 3 brothers, Narvie (Mary) Briggs, Robert Briggs, and Ricky Jones; 27 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; friends of the Road Runners; nieces, nephews, and cousins.

In addition to his parents, Willie J. was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara Briggs; sister, Sally Drakeford; 2 brothers, JC Briggs and Theodore Briggs; daughter, Shannon Young; and son, Don Jones.

Visitation 8:30 AM and Funeral Service 9:30 AM Saturday, May 11, 2024 at Mt. Hermon Baptist Church, 292 Charles St. Interment at Mansfield Cemetery Association. Ministry of Comfort entrusted to MARLAN J. GARY FUNERAL HOME, MANSFIELD CHAPEL, 753 McPherson St. (formerly Willams Funeral Services). To read the complete obituary, order flowers, view video tribute and offer condolences to the Briggs Family, visit

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  1. Brenda Feagin

    Praying for our family..Willie Jay was one of our patriot of the family.. He will truly be missed.

  2. Christine Canada English

    Sorry for your family’s loss rip Mr Briggs…Owner of Briggs City Hall back in the day rip

  3. We the Davis Family send our Deepest Condolences to David, his sister, and all the Family members in this Difficult time. Much love To all. Tony, Vivian Davis and Family

  4. My deepest condolences to the family for the loss of your family member. May God give you strength to get though this.

  5. Kim Y. Hairston-Dismuke

    Praying for the Family!

  6. The Black Family

    David and Family,
    Sympathy and prayers to you. Have tons of memories from Briggs hall. He was one back in the day that cared kids had somewhere to go and something to do. Blessings to you all and Thank you Mr. Briggs.

  7. Behavior (AKA) Bea, Roger, & Chrissy

    Our Sincerest Condolences to the entire Briggs and Jones family, I am praying for you all. Briggs and was family to us for many, many years, we loved him dearly and we’re going to miss him. David and Kenya, if there is any way we can assist you and help to ease the pain, please don’t hesitate to let us know.

  8. Rita J. Shoulders

    So Sorry for your loss.Been knowing him for years. I would see him every year doing doing derby When I lived in Louisville, Kentucky, their whole biker would visit me. He was surely be miss. Praying for the family and rest in peace amen.

  9. Nettie Ballard

    Praying for the family hold to God’s unchanging hands.

  10. Pebbles Luckie-Spikes

    David, sorry for the loss of your father! Praying for you and your family!

  11. Twyla D Wilkins

    My Sympathy and Prayers to The Family and Friends

  12. Wenda Burnom

    Praying for the family during this difficult time.

  13. Mary A Dismuke and Family

    Sorry for your lost He was such a Great Guy You Guys have my deepest sympathy to Briggs and Jones Family

  14. Patricia Harris Pride

    My condolences and prayers to the Briggs Family. Mr. Briggs will truly be missed.

  15. Garnetta Pender

    My Condolence to the Briggs family.
    Praying that you will find comfort and peace during this season.
    Garnetta Pender, and Family

  16. Phyliss Jefferson

    Monique and The Briggs Family,
    My heartfelt condolences to you and your family.

  17. Elzonia McCowan

    To our Family
    Willie J. Briggs will be truly missed he was the leader of the family, but he is resting in the arms of the lord
    Rest in Peace Cuz
    Elzonia McCowan @ Children

  18. Fayette DJ Lady Chocolate Battle

    Praying for the family at this time. A great man that gave me my start at the A-Club as a DJ I will miss the fun times.

  19. Karen Youngblood & Lawhorn Family

    To the Briggs & Young family , our family would like to extend our heartfelt condolences for a man who was loved by the entire community. May God comfort you during this time. Cherish the memories he created; he was family to many and will never be forgotten. Rest peacefully, my friend !

  20. Narvie,

    Condolences to you and the entire Briggs Family. Sorry to hear about your loss. Zephie and I are wishing you comfort and peace.


    John Selmon


    My Sincere Condolences and prayers goes out to the Briggs family May God give you all Strength, Comfort and Healing is my prayer

  22. Likely Family

    To the Family We offer I Sincere Condolences to the Family

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