Howard Warren Briggs, 89, of Mobile, died Monday, Dec. 31, 2012. He was born in Waterford, Pa. on June 9, 1923 and was a longtime resident of Putnam.
Howard was a decorated World War II Veteran and received many honors including the Purple Heart and Bronze Star Medals. He was a member of Masonic Lodge 894 and a member of Cottage Hill Baptist Church in Mobile. During his long career in the Air Force and NASA, he worked on the Apollo and the Minuteman projects as an Air Force Space Systems Quality Control Representative. After his retirement, he taught electronics at the Marengo County Area Vocational Center in Linden.
His is survived by his wife, Shirley Briggs; daughter, Paula Ann (David) Evans; three sons, Russell Ray Briggs, Mitchell Warren (Lucinda) Briggs and Todd Briggs; three stepdaughters, Katrina L. Mitchell, Malaina L. (Jerry) Havens and Mariesa E. Anderson; stepson, R. Nolan (Kelly) Larson; brother, Harley T. Briggs, 20 grandchildren, 29 greatgrandchildren, 32 greatgreat grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews including a special niece, Donna Murphy.
Howard was preceded in death by his wife of 49 years, Marilyn Downey Briggs; father, Edwin Briggs; mother, Angeline Nye Briggs; sister, Betty Jo Janowski and brother, Bob Briggs.
Funeral services were Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013 at Putnam Baptist Church with Rev. Brooks Etheridge officiating. Interment, with military honors, followed in the Putnam Cemetery with O’Bryant Chapel Funeral Home directing.
Active pallbearers were Rusty Briggs, Mitch Briggs, Todd Briggs, Cain Briggs, Jeff Neal and Gabe Neal. Honorary pallbearers were David Evans and John Mitchell.
Memorials may be made to the Putnam Baptist Church (Cemetery Fund), 150 Bunny Creek Road, Thomasville, Alabama 36784.
Condolences may be offered at www.obryantchapelfh.com.