Sunday, December 28

Willie Mae Campbell, 81 Passes

PEYTONSVILLE, TN- Willie Mae Campbell, age 81 of Peytonsville Community, passed December 24, 2008. Funeral services 1:30 p.m. Sunday, December 28, 2008 at Williamson Memorial Funeral Home, Bobby Sadler officiating. Interment Bennett Cemetery. Preceded in death by husband, Gotschell Campbell. Survived by daughter, Judy Briles; sister, Ruth Poteete, all of Peytonsville Community; grandchildren, John & Greg Briles; great grandchildren, Taeylor, Kassie & Nathan Briles.

Friday, December 5

Death Notice: Carol Briles McHale

WOODSTOCK -Carol A. McHale, 63, of Woodstock, passed Thursday, Dec. 4, 2008, at St. Joseph Hospital in Elgin. Private services and interment in Irving Park Cemetery in Chicago; Rev. Terry Duffur of Grace Lutheran Church officiating. Born July 18, 1945, in Chicago, to the late Charles F. and Margurite (Hansen) Briles. Survived by her children, Christine (Bruce) Merevick of Round Lake, Scott (Judy) Eveland of South Elgin and Jennifer (Eric Zingre of Woodstock; four grandchildren, Kayla, Amanda, Michael and Ethan; a brother, Cliff Briles of Kenosha, Wis.; and several nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by a brother, Chuck Briles.

Death Notice: Ruby Webb Briles

Ruby Jane Webb Briles

Date of Death: November 22, 2008 LIBERAL, KS-Ruby Jane Briles, 96, of Adams, Oklahoma passed November 22, 2008 at Southwest Medical Center in Liberal, Kansas. Funeral services 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, November 25, 2008 at Union Center United Methodist Church; Rev. Herbert Bridgewater officiating. Interment will be in the Union Center Cemetery- Roberts Brothers Funeral Home.

Friday, November 21

The BIN Pod & Video Cast Online!

The Briles Information Network is pleased to announce the first ever Pod and Video Cast! The BIN has partnered with Itunes,, and Gcast to provide a video and audio pod cast of this site. The video cast will mirror features and death notices on this site, but in a broadcast/newscast format. The audio portion of the video cast will be extracted and placed on Gcast to provide the pod cast version while the newscast will be housed on Itunes will be the feature RSS reader/receiver however you will be able to view either cast on the above networks. You will be able to subscribe to broadcast using either of the above services, which will automatically download the episode to your favorite player.
The easiest way to subscribe is to access the Itunes logo and click on the subscribe button on the BIN page.The video cast will officially begin in early 2009 and will update on a quarterly basis. At this time, there are several videos already produced by Video Impressions and the BIN located on the Vidcast. The BIN is planning full feature documentaries on several churches, cemeteries, and in-depth stories on the Briles Families in 2009 so stay tuned!. Feel free to check our Pod and Video Casting out by clicking on the respective buttons below. If you have any problems, please contact us.

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Sunday, October 26

Kudos To Jeff Thigpen...Again

Here we go again! We have another privacy activist trying to shut down access to public records, and yes it’s the Guilford County Register of Deeds again. An article, which ran in the Greensboro News & Record and Rhino Times this past week, questions the privacy and security of the files at the ROD. The articles were based on comments made by so-called Internet Expert Linda Criddle at a county commissioner’s meeting.

Criddle comments during the meeting include some “inconsistencies”, which were addressed by Thigpen on his BLOG. As many of you know, I have questioned Jeff in the past regarding access to public records, both in-house and online, and he has addressed these issues promptly. I, myself, am one of 700 actual registered users who followed the verification requirements to access online records. I have used the Guilford County ROD online access on several occasions and find it useful for research and development. Birth & Death certificates are public record and access to these records SHOULD REMAIN PUBLIC. Until the State changes it’s laws, vitals records will remain public. Criddle needs to understand the role of the Register of Deeds and the role it plays based on State Statute.

I’m not going to write a long, exhausting article to reverberate Jeff’s response to Criddle’s opinion on this topic. I will not repeat my feeling on this topic or re-post my article from last year. I will refer you to his direct and positive response on his BLOG, which will explain his actions based on NC General Statute. The BIN totally supports Jeff Thigpen and his office and thanks him for allowing researchers and verified users to access public information.

Thelma Farlow, 92, Passes

LEXINGTON-Thelma Beck Farlow, 92 of Lexington passed Thursday, October 23, 2008 at her home. Wake: Saturday evening from 6:30 until 8:00 pm at the Cumby Funeral Home. Funeral services 2 pm Sunday, October 26, 2008 in the Chapel of Cumby Family Funeral Service of Archdale; Jeffery Farlow officiating. Interment will follow in Trinity Cemetery. Born April 6, 1916 in Davidson County, daughter of the late Isaiah Beck and Mary Jane Burkhart Beck. Preceded her in death in 1977 by her husband Dudley Farlow; two grandchildren, Kenny and Jason Wray and nine brothers and sisters and a son-in-law Jim Wray in 2004. Survived by two children, Becky Farlow Wray of High Point and D. Fred Farlow and wife Laura of the home, four grandchildren Jamie Gallant of High Point, Rickey Wray of Thomasville, Jeffery Farlow and wife Melissa of Archdale and Misty Farlow Brown and husband Daniel of the home. She is also survived by eight great grandchildren; Kacey Suits, Jorden Suits, Erick Wray, Wendy Underwood, Zoe Brown and Colby Brown of the home, Sarah Beth Farlow and Elijah Farlow of Archdale, and six great great grandchildren. She is also survived by one sister Lois Beck Leonard of Lexington.-Cumby

Monday, October 20

Frederic Monroe Farlow Passes

RANDLEMAN- Frederic (Freddie) Monroe Farlow, passed Saturday, Oct. 18, 2008, at his home. Memorial service 6 p.m. Tuesday, October 21, 2008 at Cedar Square Friends Meeting; Pastor Eric Woods officiating. Private interment in the meeting cemetery. Born June 17, 1927, in Randolph County, a son to the late Dallas and Ethel Cox Farlow. Preceded in death by a sister, Emma Hall, and a brother, Richard Farlow. Surviving are his wife, Marjorie Nichols; three children, Ruth Ponce of Florida, Stacy Farlow of Archdale and Karen Overby of Randleman; six grandchildren, Robbie Farlow, Mauree Farlow, Jazmyn Ponce, Hunter Overby, Heather Overby and Hogan Overby; one brother, Norman Farlow of Sophia; and one sister, Carol Huffman of Holden Beach.-Cumby

Tuesday, October 7

Garland Willard Briles, 84, Passes

LYNCHBURG,VA-Garland Willard Briles, 84, passed Monday, Oct. 6, 2008, at Avante in Lynchburg. Wake: 7 to 8:30 p.m. today, Oct. 7, 2008, at Finch and Finch Funeral and Cremation Service, Altavista, VA. Graveside service 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2008, in New Bethel United Methodist Church Cemetery; Rev. Jim Brown officiating. Born Jan. 6, 1924, in Randolph County, N.C., a son of the late William Harrison Briles and Alberta Lassiter Briles. He was the husband of Shirley Bailey Briles for 58 years. Survived by a son, Ronald Carroll Briles of Hurt; a brother, William Harrison Briles Jr. of Avante in Lynchburg; a brother-in-law, Robert T. (Tom) Walker Sr.; a nephew, Robert T. Walker Jr. (Bobby) and his wife, Judy, all of Hurt; and a niece, Nancy Walker Dalton and her husband, Aaron, of Richmond. Preceded in death by a brother, Earnest Marshall Briles; a sister, Essie Briles Walker; and a niece, Judy Faye Waker.

Saturday, September 27

Golda H. Stephens Passes

ASHEBORO-Golda H. Stephens, passed Thursday, Sept. 25, 2008, at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem. Wake: Ridge Funeral Home from 2 until 3 pm on Sunday, September 28, 2008. Funeral services 3:00 p.m. Sunday, September 28, 2008, at the Ridge Funeral Home Chapel; Rev. Robert Armstrong officiating. Burial will follow at Oaklawn Cemetery. Native of Randolph County, preceded in death by her husband, Billy Joe Stephens. Survivors include her sisters, Joyce McGee and Hilda Briles, and brothers, Roy Hill, Bobby Hill, and Thomas Hill, all of Asheboro.-Ridge

Wednesday, September 17

Howard Briles "Tink" Floyd Passes

TRINITY-Howard "Tink" Briles Floyd, 87, passed September 16, 2008. Wake: 1:00 until 2:00 P.M. Thursday, September 18, 2008 at the Hopewell United Methodist Church. Funeral 2:00 P.M. Thursday, September 18, 2008 at the church; Rev. Toni Smith officiating. Interment will follow at Hopewell United Methodist Church Cemetery. Born November 29, 1920 in Randolph Co. the son of the late T.C. Floyd and Lula Williams. Preceded in death his wife Clara "Doll" Jeanette Kennedy Floyd, an infant daughter Dolly Ann Floyd, two brothers Paul Floyd and Cicero Floyd, and three sisters Helen Floyd Robins, Ruth Floyd Royals, and Mary Elizabeth. Survived by his son Eddie Floyd of the home; three sisters Dorothy Brower, Kathleen Floyd Hill, and Jean Floyd all of Trinity; one brother Charlie Floyd and wife Mildred of Thomasville; several nieces and nephews, and one sister in law Maxine Floyd.-Cumby

Sunday, September 14

2008 Medlin Family Reunion

The Briles Information Network is proud to post pictures of the 2008 Medlin Reunion which was held in Thomasville on Saturday, September 13, 2008. Paul Dickie Medlin hosted the annual event and a good time was had by one and all. Over 50 people attended the reunion. Make sure you reserve your copy of the 2008 Medlin Reunion Video, because it will be the last one videotaped. It will include pictures from reunions past, i.e. 2006-2008 and both videos produced by R. Trent briles. It will also include old photos from our loved ones. The video for this year's reunion is scheduled to be released before Christmas. Thanks again and contact Dickie if you want the videos.

Tuesday, August 19

John Lee Harris Passes

THOMASVILLE-John Lee Harris, 87, passed Monday August 18, 2008 at the V.A. Hospital in Salisbury. Funeral service at Mt. Zion Wesleyan Church in Thomasville; Rev. Dr. E. Keith Carroll, Rev. Carroll Upton, and Rev. Dr. Jim Summey officiating. Interment will follow in Mt. Zion Wesleyan Church Cemetery Born August 13, 1921 in Randolph County a son of Charlie Thomas Harris and Maude Lambeth Harris. Preceded in death by his wife Beulah C. Harris on May 26, 2008 (m. August 12, 1950). Also preceded in death by two brothers, Paul Thomas Harris and Robert Edward Harris. Survived by one son: John Clark Harris and wife Sandy of Thomasville; His granddaughter whom he loved and cherished, Melissa Dawn Harris: two brothers: Charles Ross Harris and wife Betty of Asheboro and Arthur Harris of Lexington; eight sisters: JoAnn Allred of Asheboro, Helen Briles and husband Lawrence of Lexington, Carolyn Owen and husband O’Neil of Lexington, Jessie Sellers and husband Bobby of Asheboro, Mildred Cooper and husband Bob, Evelyn Darr, Hope Sechrist, and Betty Hughes and husband Donald all of Thomasville. -JC Green

Saturday, July 26

2 arrested in connection with arson of garage

Article and photo by Curt Slyder of the Journal & Courier Online Their web site allows sharing of news articles published by their reporters. Permission has been granted to the BIN for posting of this article. Article Courtesy of Journal & Courier.

LAFAYETTE,IN-Two juveniles have been arrested, accused of setting fire to a northside Lafayette garage early Friday. According to Lafayette police, the juveniles could possibly be linked to other crimes as well.

Lafayette firefighters were called to a house at 2126 Underwood St. around 4 a.m. They arrived to find the detached garage in flames, said Lafayette Fire Department inspector Dave Thomas.

Raymond Briles, who lives in the house with his fiancée, Sheryl Hindsley, said he thinks the fire was started over a mo-ped that had been stolen from the garage days before. He got the mo-ped back after an on-street confrontation Tuesday with someone he noticed riding it.

"They were mad because I took it back from them," Briles said.

The fire destroyed the garage, as well as a mo-ped, a pickup and other items inside, Thomas said.

No one was injured, Thomas said, adding that the family has insurance.

Two juveniles were arrested later Friday morning on suspicion of arson in connection with the fire, Thomas said.

According to Lafayette Police Capt. Bruce Biggs, three juveniles were brought in for questioning regarding several mo-ped thefts.

The investigation led to all three being arrested on suspicion of theft, and two of them on suspicion of arson.

In addition to the arson, the trio might be linked to as many as 15 other crimes, including thefts, vandalism and one burglary, Biggs said.

Biggs could not release their names because they are under age.

All three were being held Friday in juvenile detention outside the county, Biggs said. The information will be sent to the prosecutor's office.

Briles said his mo-ped was stolen from the garage Monday night. After Tuesday's confrontation, he got it back, putting it in the garage.

A neighbor knocked on their door early Friday, alerting them to the fire. "I went out there and there was nothing but 30-foot flames," Briles said.

Briles said he's glad police caught the juveniles believed to be responsible. "I hope they prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law," Briles said. "Setting garages on fire endangers people's lives."

Friday, July 18

Michael Trent Briles Returns From Europe

Michael Trent Briles has returned to the USA from a two-week trip to Europe! Mike traveled to the homeland with his grandparents, James Rex & Catherine Cameron Briles. Cathy Briles was born in Montrose, Scotland to Charles Milan and Beatrice Hampton Cameron. This is the first time Michael has traveled overseas and a good time was had by all. Mike visited Edinburgh Castle, Montrose, Inverness, Loch Ness, Glasgow, and Dundee; all in Scotland. He also took the train to tour London, England and rode the famous "The London Eye" and relaxed on a boat ride on the River Thames. Mike also visited New York when he returned from Europe and will be heading to Tennessee later in the summer. Welcome back MIKE and MOM and DAD!!! You can view more pictures of Mike's trip to Europe by clicking here!

Major Update: Rush and Hampton Lineages

The BIN has completed a major update on the databases. The feature surnames regarding the update are the Rush and Hampton families. Most of the Rush names added were from Mt. Shepherd United Methodist Church Cemetery in Trinity, NC. The Hampton's lineages are from Montrose, Scotland, which includes Harry H. Hampton, professional golfer on the PGA Tour. The BIN would like to thank James Hampton "Mickey" Cameron and Paul Eldon Douglas for allowing us to share the Hampton family information.

On the Lighter Side...

INFLATION HITS THE DAIRY QUEEN! Talk about inflation hitting America! We learned the quick way when the family decided to grab a bite to eat at the big DQ!Known for the best dipped cones on the planet, Dairy Queen in Myrtle Beach, SC has recently experienced a rise in prices. The price for one hot dog has increased from .89 cents to a whopping $99. We asked the girl at the drive-thru window what actually comes on the $99 hot dog and the reply was typical for fast food joints..."plain".

"On the Lighter Side" is a series of interesting and unique blips dedicated to funny photos and videos captured by the BIN.

Thursday, July 3

Ben Briles Passes

BUFFALO, WY -- Ben Briles, 90, passed on June 27, 2008 at V.A. Medical Center in Sheridan, WY. Services were held on June 29, 2008, at the Adams Funeral Home Chapel; Loren Coleman and Donovan Olsen officiating. Burial at Willow Grove Cemetery in Buffalo, WY. Born November 6, 1917, in LeRoy, Kan., to the late William and Monna Briles. Preceded in death by his wife, Leola Dalsbo, and one step-grandson. Survived by one step-son, Richard Dalsbo; two step-grandchildren, three step-great-grandchildren and a host of good friends.-Star-Tribune

Tuesday, July 1

Betty Jean Welborn Gerringer, age 70, Passes

SOPHIA- Betty Jean Welborn Gerringer, age 70, of Sophia, NC passed Sunday, June 29 at her residence. Funeral service on July 2nd at Briggs Memorial Chapel; Rev. Charles Walker officiating. Burial will follow in Mt. Gilead United Methodist Church Cemetery. Born February 20, 1938 in Guilford County to Joe Taft and Grace Harrison Welborn. Survived by her husband, Harold Loman Gerringer of the home, daughters, Robin Annette Tollison and husband Dickie of Denton and Grace Michelle Abrams and husband Carter of Sophia, two brothers, Max Welborn of Level Cross and Richard Welborn of Trinity, half-sisters, Debbie Price of High Point and Nancy Walker of Trinity, four grandchildren, Marcus and Brian Tollison and Victoria and Meagan Abrams.-Briggs

Minnie Jane Lambeth Anderson, 96, Passes

ASHEBORO- Minnie Jane Lambeth Anderson, 96, passed Sunday, June 29, 2008 at Clapp's Convalescent Nursing Home, Asheboro. Funeral services, Wednesday, July 2, 2008, at the Ridge Funeral Home Chapel; Rev. Bruce Dickerson officiating. Burial will follow at Randolph Memorial Park. Native of Davidson County, born June 22, 1912, to the late David and Maggie Grubb Lambeth. Preceded in death by her husband, Jack Anderson, and her son, Ronnie Anderson. Survivors include her daughter, Elizabeth Cox, of Asheboro; sisters, Sally Gallimore, of Thomasville, Hazel Briles, of Lexington, Magdalene Lambeth, of Lexington; four grandchildren including her granddaughter and caregiver, Lynne Garren, five great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.-Ridge

Friday, June 27

Kenneth Dockery Spencer, 97, Passes Away

ASHEBORO- Kenneth Dockery Spencer, 97, passed Wednesday, June 25, 2008, at SunBridge Care & Rehabilitation. Services will be Saturday, June 28, at 11 a.m. at Flag Springs United Methodist Church; Rev. Billy Jarrett, the Rev. J. Harold Hammond, Raiford Brown and the Rev. Mike Swofford officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Born June 28, 1910, in Randolph County, son of the late Cyrus and Lydia Harper Spencer. His spouse, Viola Graham, passed on June 13, 2008 (m.Sept. 12, 1936). Survivors include his daughters, Patsy S. Conrad and husband, Tommy, of Ramseur, Jane Pinnix and special friend, Jim Gerringer, of Asheboro, Sandra S. Baucom and husband, Larry, of Asheboro; grandchildren, Donna Long of Robbins, Spencer Conrad of Denton, Scott McCrary of Mishawaka, Ind., Tracey McCrary of Santa Monica, Calif., Matthew Baucom of Asheboro, Jenny Baucom of Asheboro; great-grandchildren, Steffenie Lee, Colton Long, Chesley Long, Carter Long, Kenny McCrary, Billy McCrary, Noah McCrary and many nieces and nephews.-Ridge

Monday, June 23

Joseph Scott Hicks Passes

The Briles Information Network has learned of the passing of Joseph Scott Hicks, who passed on June 13, 2008. Mr. Hicks is the son of the late Edward Hicks and Mary Ellen Kindley Ginn. Below is the death notice for Mr. Hicks.

WHITEVILLE-Mr. Joseph Scott Hicks, 38, passed June 13, 2008 at his residence. Graveside service at Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church Cemetery; Rev. Karen Smith officiating. Born in Guilford County, N.C., May 19, 1970, a son of the late Edward Hicks and Mary Ellen Kindley Ginn. Surviving are a brother, James Ginn and his wife Deana of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; a niece, Jade Ginn; aunts, Uavah York of Trinity, Joann Loflin of Thomasville and Judy Kindley of Denton; uncles, Hubert Kindley of Lexington, Ernest Kindley of Asheboro and Michael Kindley of Trinity.-JC Green

Saturday, June 7

Famous Church Changes Name

While tracking around Randolph County this past Thursday, I discovered the church my great-grandfather help build has changed names. Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church (Originally Mt. Pleasant Methodist Church) off Hoover Hill Rd is now Mt. Pleasant Community Church. No one was at the church on Thursday and all of the telephone numbers for the church have been disconnected. We are unsure if the church lost it's affiliation with the Methodist faith or if the church is no longer active. Several Briles are buried at the church cemetery: Joseph Lafayette & Roxanna Spencer Briles, John Hill and Amanda Lambeth Briles, Troy Alfred Briles, Worth Briles and Mary J. Briles (my direct line). I hope to contact the church later next week and determine the status of the church.

Tuesday, June 3

Death Notice: Linda Johnson Skeen

TRINITY-Linda Johnson Skeen, 64, of Trinity passed June 1, 2008 at her residence. Funeral in the Chapel of Cumby Family Funeral Service in Archdale; Reverend Bob Pavlacka and Reverend Tony Moore offciating. Burial will be in Gods Little Acre at Baptist Childrens Home in Thomasville; Reverend Georgianne Jones officiating. Born November 23, 1943 in Wilmington, NC to David and Elizabeth Croker Johnson. Surviving are husband, Bruce A. Skeen. Daughter, Lisa Skeen of Summerfield. Son, Anthony Tony Skeen and wife, Leann of Thomasville. Mother, Elizabeth Croker Johnson of Trinity. Brother, Charles David Johnson and wife, Brenda of Lexington, and two grandchildren, Kaitlin and Brandon. -Cumby

Friday, May 30

Death Notice: Ola Mae Lambeth Pierce

The BIN has received late word of the passing of Ola Mae Lambeth Pierce who passed on May 22, 2008 in Davidson County. Mrs. Pierce is the sister of Hazel Lambeth who married the late H. Harold Briles. Below is Mrs. Pierce's death notice. The databases have not been updated to reflect his passing. Many thanks to Bonnie Jones for sending the BIN this notice.

THOMASVILLE-Ola Mae Pierce, 91, passed on Thursday, May 22, 2008, at Britthaven of Davidson. Interment was held in Fairgrove United Methodist Church Cemetery, Rev. Fred Miller officiating. . Born on June 14, 1916, in Davidson County to the late David E. and Maggie Grubb Lambeth. Preceded in death by Beulah Pierce who passed in 2007. Suviving is her sister, Hazel Lambeth Briles.-Family Funeral Home.

Friday, May 23

The Briles Information Network has located/acquired/received the following which has been added to the databases AND, the death index:

Added May 23, 2008:
Photo of Grave marker for Roscoe & Mary F. Briles Carlton

Thursday, May 22

Death Notice: Charles W, Briles

COLORADO-Charles W. Briles SR. "Chuck", passed May 18, 2008 at the age of 60. Funeral service Wednesdayat Olinger Andrews Caldwell Gibson in Castle Rock, CO.

UPDATE: The BIN has contacted the funeral home in Colorado and attempted to obtain a full death notice for Charles Briles. We learned that Charles' parents are Charles Franklin & Margarite Hansen Briles. The funeral home told us the local paper in Castle Rock runs once a week and should be posted next week. We have no files on Charles' family and thus we will keep searching for this lineage. The BIN will try to obtain an full death notice after the holiday.

UPDATE-We have no files on Charles' family and thus we will keep searching for this lineage. We can't obtain a full death notice on Charles and the census is no help. We have moved this to the "Current Issue" page and hope someone will assist in solving this issue.

Friday, May 16

Emeline Sada Goodrick Passes

LIBERAL, KS-Emeline Sada Goodrick, 89, passed April 29, 2008 at Wheatridge Park Care Center Liberal. Funeral services at South Church of God; Rev. Randy Barnett and Rev. Rusty Callahan presiding. Burial will at Liberal Cemetery. Born June 15, 1918 in Texas County, Okla., the daughter of the late Earl and Ella (Wininger) Briles. In August 1935, she married Rev. James M. Burns at Liberal. He died Oct. 24, 1965. In July 1967, she married Rev. Kirk Goodrick at Dodge City. He preceded in June 1988. Preceded in death by 2 step daughters Carol Boeke and Janice Lesher brothers William, Glen, Esten and John Briles.Survivors include, one son, James Burns, Oklahoma City; two stepsons, Darrel Trexler and Marvin Trexler; two Daughters, Anita Reynolds and husband, Melvin, Oklahoma City, Okla. and Kay Barnett and husband, Randy, Edmond, Okla.; two step-daughters, Donice Gass and husband, Paul, Dayton, Tennessee and, Merlene Jacobson and husband, Rich; 13 grandchildren and 16 Great Grandchildren.-Kitch-Brenneman Funeral Home

Date for Medlin Reunion Announced

Paul “Dickie” Medlin has announced the date for the annual Medlin Reunion. This year's reunion will be held Saturday, September 13, 2008 at Dickie's house in Thomasville. As always, everyone is welcome and we look forward to seeing the family again. Dickie will be cooking a pig again with full chickens, just like last year. We ask that each bring a side dish or desserts and be prepared for a great time!

The Briles Information Network will be filming the reunion to record the event for the Randolph and Davidson Historical Society. We ask all family members to bring old photographs of your family and those of family members who have passed on. These photographs will be scanned at the reunion and returned to you by the end of the day. The video of the reunion will be given to both county libraries and kept in the genealogy room for viewing. If you have any questions about the reunion, please contact Dickie at 336-475-1787 or Tosha Medlin Briles at 336-472-8188.

Tosha Briles, RN, Recognized for Excellence

Novant Health Triad Region has recognized Tosha Medlin Briles for excellence as part of the 2008 Remarkable 45! Nurses. The program honors the top 45 nurses in the region based on their leadership and professionalism while working with patients.

Tosha works for Novant at the Thomasville Medical Center working in the ICU Department. Datra Delk-Patrick and Kathy Saintsing were also recognized at the award ceremony, which took place at Bermuda Run Country Club in Clemmons, NC. You can view the group picture by clicking on Tosha's picture.

Tosha is the daughter of Paul "Dickie" and Phyllis Holder Medlin and the mother to Zachary Flowe and Cameron Briles. Tosha is married to R. Trent Briles, curator of the Briles Information Network. Congratulations Tosha on this OUTSTANDING AWARD! YOU DESERVE IT!

Thursday, May 15

New Additions to Death Index

The Briles Information Network has located/acquired/received the following which has been added to the databases AND, the death index:

All of the below are dated 5-14-08:

Mark Brunk Obituary
Jacob Briles Obituary
Dorothy Morcel Briles Obituary
Melba Briles French Obituary
Hattie Miller Briles-Pic of Grave marker
Rollie Briles-Pic of Grave Marker
Paul Robert Briles-Pic of Grave Marker
Nicholas & Eunice Leonard Miller-Pic of GM
Susan Byerly Leonard-Pic of Gm

Wednesday, May 7

Death Notice: Cora Oliver Smyth

GRAND JUNCTION-Cora Oliver Smyth, 95, Grand Junction, passed May 5, 2008, at St. Mary’s Hospital. Preceded in death by her husband, Clyde Smyth in 2006. Clyde was Born to Albert Daniels Smyth and Hattie Ella Briles. Survivors include three sons, James Bradley of Carlsbad, Calif., and John Bradley and Jerome Bradley, both of Grand Junction; one daughter, Joan Raser of Grand Junction; one sister, Jessie Brown of Denver; 11 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

Thursday, May 1

Additions to the Death Index

The Briles Information Network has located/acquired/received the following which has been added to the databases AND, death index (DI), or catalog (CAT):

5-3-08: Pic of grave marker for Wills & Lela Briles Damron (DI)
4-30-08: Pic of grave marker for Noah & Catherine Imbler Briles (DI)
4-30-08: Obit for Charles Corder (DI)
4-24-08: Pic of grave marker: Elwood Eleazer Briles (DI)
4-24-08: Pic of grave marker: Elizabeth Young Briles (DI)
4-24-08: Obit and pic for Clyde Smyth (DI & CAT)
4-24-08: Pic of grave marker for William Lee Briles (DI)
4-24-08: Pic of grave marker & Obit for Cora Stinson Briles (DI)
4-24-08: Pic of grave marker for Flora Briles (DI)
4-24-08: Pic of grave marker for Walter A. Briles Jr (DI)
4-11-08: Obit for Shirley Voyles Adams (DI)
4-10-08: Obit for John Briles, son of Noah Briles (DI)
4-1-08: Pic of grave marker for L.N. & Sarah Harreld(DI)
4-1-08: Pic of grave marker for Maybelle Briles Harreld(DI)
4-1-08: Pic of grave marker for Lewis Warren Harreld(DI)
4-1-08: Obit for Elizabeth C. Briles (DI)
4-1-08: Pic of grave marker for John Noah Briles (DI)
4-1-08: Pic of grave marker for Mary E. Miller Briles (DI)
4-1-08: Pic of grave marker for James Edward Briles (DI)
4-1-08: Pic of grave marker for William A. Briles (DI)
4-1-08: Pic of grave marker for Doris Simpson Briles (DI)
4-1-08: Pic of grave marker for Edward Lewis Briles (DI)
4-1-08: Pic of grave marker for Mary Grassman Briles (DI)
4-1-08: Pic of grave marker for Jacob A. Briles (DI)
4-1-08: Pic of grave marker for Lois Presley Briles (DI)
4-1-08: Pic of grave marker for Patrick Henry Briles (DI)
4-1-08: Obit for Heniretta Beye Briles-Bura(DI)
4-1-08: Pic of grave marker for Kelly Holt Beye(DI)
4-1-08: Pic of grave marker for Andrew F. Beye (DI)
4-1-08: Pic of grave marker for Lutetia Terrel Briles (DI)
4-1-08: Pic of grave marker for Wayne M. Briles (DI)
4-1-08: Pic of grave marker for Noah John Briles (DI)
4-1-08: Pic of grave marker for Lois L Briles (DI)
4-1-08: Pic of grave marker for Leondias Briles (DI)
4-1-08: Pic of grave marker for Owen C. Briles (DI)
4-1-08: Pic of grave marker for Nancy M. Briles (DI)
4-1-08: Pic of grave marker for James Churchwell Briles (DI)
4-1-08: Pic of grave marker for Inf Dau Briles (DI)
4-1-08: Pic of grave marker for Howard Delta Briles (DI)
4-1-08: Pic of grave marker for Dora Landis Briles (DI)
4-1-08: Pic of grave marker for Samuel Jackson Briles (DI)
4-1-08: Pic of grave marker for Rebecca James Briles (DI)
4-1-08: Pic of grave marker for Andrew Jackson Briles (DI)
3-27-08: Notice & Pic for Woodrow Wilson Briles(DI/CAT)
3-29-08: Death Notice for James Eugene Elbertson (DI)
3-29-08: Death Notice for John Charles Briles (DI)
3-30-08: Picture of Daniel Edward Briles (CAT)
3-30-08: Death Notice for Steven Anderson Cookston (DI)
3-30-08: Death Notice for Lela Briles Damron (DI)

Wednesday, April 30

Charles Wesley Corder, 95, Passes

HIGH POINT-Charles Wesley Corder, 95 of High Point passed Tuesday, April 29, 2008 at High Point Regional Hospital. Funeral service will be held at 1:00 pm on Thursday, May 1, 2008 in the Chapel of Cumby Family Funeral Service; Reverend David Keith and Reverend Mike Briles officiating. Interment will follow at Floral Garden Park Cemetery. Born on April 4, 1913 in Surry County, NC to Albert and Tabitha Corder. On April 19, 1939 he married the former Virginia Carter who preceded him in death on March 18, 2002. Preceded in death by his parents, three sisters; Hattie Dale, Grace Ellington and Amelia White and one brother, William Corder. Surviving is one daughter, Brenda (Jim) Waters of Greensboro, NC; three grandchildren, Reverend Michael (Mary Anne) Briles of Indian Trail, NC, Frank (Denise) Briles of Henderson, NC and Heather (Tony) McCorquodale of Ramseur, NC; four great-grandchildren, Colby, Wesley, Shannon & Rebekah and five step great-grandchildren. -Cumby

Sunday, April 27

BIN Info To Remain on Rootsweb

The BIN has made a decision regarding our information on After careful review of the situation and weighing our options, we have decided to continue to post our genealogy information on Rootsweb.

"The Generations Network" owns and has transplanted RW with, a paid service. TGN is the parent company of both networks and as many of you know, Rootsweb has been free for many years. Tim Sullivan, CEO of TGN, stated the only reason behind the move is that users of each of the two main websites will be better served if they have access to the best services available on both. "Simply stated, we want to introduce more users to RootsWeb and vice versa," Sullivan insists. TGN also announced earlier that banners would be placed on Rootsweb and that information on the site would become property of TGN. The Briles Information Network places it's GEDCOM on Rootsweb so people will have access to our genealogy information. There is nothing to own regarding vital facts and family history, only the way you present it and in a specific format you create your files. Sullivan also stated that access to Rootsweb will always be free!

We believe genealogical information and family history should be free and open to everyone. Rootsweb has been free for years and until TGN requires a fee for viewing our files, we feel the massive visitors to Rootsweb outweighs the banners. If, in the near future,TGN requires paid membership or a fee to access genealogical information on Rootsweb, we will revisit this issue and remove our files from their server.

Friday, April 11

Death Notice: Shirley Mae Voyles Adams

CORYDON-Shirley Mae Voyles Adams, 65, passed Saturday, April 5, 2008, at Lincoln Hills Health Care Center in New Albany. Born June 5, 1942, in Harrison County, daughter of the late Charles Woodrow Voyles and Gertie B. Briles Martin. Preceded in death by her parents, by a stepfather, Bob Martin; a son, Frankie Lee Adams; and a sister, Carol Jean Wiseman. Survivors include four sons, Robert Lewis Voyles of Corydon, William Manford Adams of Albuquerque, N.M., Charles Edward Adams of Louisville and Jeffery Wayne Adams of Elizabeth; a daughter, Sheila Denise Adams of Corydon; a sister, Sue O. McDaniels of Pinellas Park, Fla.; her companion of 16 years, Richard Adthingy of Louisville; 14 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.-Corydon Democrat-Funeral is Beanblossom-Cesar Funeral Home in Corydon

Monday, March 17

Mattie Kinley Briles Passes

The BIN has received word of the passing of Mattie Briles, age 95. Mattie was married to Raymond Briles who passed in 1996. Mrs. Briles passed on Saturday, March 15, 2008 in Snellville, GA. Below is her death notice:

Snellville, GA-Mattie Kinley Briles, age 95, passed Saturday, March 15, 2008 at Embracing Hospice in Snellville. Funeral is Wednesday, March 19, 2008 at 1:00 PM at Oaklawn Cemetery; Dr. Bruce Dickerson officiating. Burial at Oaklawn Cemetery in Asheboro. Native of Randolph County. Survived by daughter: Beth Mack of Snellville, GA; son: Philip Briles of Asheboro, NC; one grandson; sister: Virginia Hill of High Point, NC.-Pugh

Thursday, March 13 to Merge

The BIN has received word from "The Generations Network" that will be transplanted with, a paid service. TGN is the parent company of both networks and as many of you know, Rootsweb has been free for many years. The move will take place next week which incorporate the Rootsweb domain behind the Ancestry domain (

Tim Sullivan, CEO of TGN, states there is only one reason behind the move. "We believe that the users of each of our two main websites can be better served if the have access to the best services available on both. Simply stated, we want to introduce more users to RootsWeb and vice versa." Sullivan insists that Rootsweb will continue to be free however we believe otherwise.

TGN also announced earlier that banners would be placed on Rootsweb and that information on the site would become property of TGN. The Briles Information Network places it's GEDCOM on Rootsweb so people have access to our genealogy information. But this info is our information and TGN should not have rights to it.

At this time, The BIN is debating on whether to continue relationship between network and TGN/ The BIN does have two other databases on our server so this loss will be minimal. The BIN will make an announcement regarding this breaking news in short time.

Death Notice: Neal Hurley Farlow

SOPHIA-Neal Hurley Farlow, 95 passed Thursday, March 13, 2008 at the GrayBrier. Funeral at Marlboro Friends Meeting; Rev. John Sides officiating. Interment will follow in the meeting cemetery. Born June 4, 1912 in Montgomery County a daughter to the late Jesse Bradley and Ornie Russell Hurley. Preceded in death by her husband Raeford Farlow, a sister Braudice Hurley White, and five brothers: Earl Hurley, Colon Hurley, Frank Hurley, Lowell Hurley and Russell Hurley. Surviving are her brothers Ralph Hurley of Randleman, Leonard Hurley of Asheboro, Ray Hurley of Greensboro, and Bill Hurley of Sophia; and nieces and nephews. -Cumby

Friday, March 7

Death Notice: Cecil Ray Hill

The BIN has received word of the passing of Cecil Ray Hill. Below is Mr. Hill's death notice.

TRINITY-Cecil Ray Hill, 80, passed March 2, 2008 at Hospice House of the Piedmont in High Point. Funeral Services at Poplar Ridge Friends Meeting; Pastor Randall A. Quate officiating. Burial will follow in the Poplar Ridge Friends Cemetery. Born in Guilford County on August 24, l927 , son of the late Charlie L. and Venia H. Hill. On June 27, l947 he married Joyce Scoggin who survives of the home. Preceded in death by a daughter Marcia White on March 28, 2005 and a sister Eva H. Sherrill. Survived by a son Steve Hill and wife Sylvia of High Point, a brother Quinton Hill and wife Luanne of Raleigh, and a sister Jeanette Davis and husband Ron of Bullard, Texas. He is also survived by four grandchildren, Tina Helms, Van Hill and wife Cheri, Ryan White and wife Sabrina and Kevin White, and three great grandchildren. -Cumby

note: Cecil's grandmother is Bertha Roella Briles

Friday, February 15

Baugh and Miller Markers Added to Holly Hill

Holly Hill Memorial Cemetery has been updated again with the addition of Velton Morris & Geraldine Kindley Miller. The grave markers for the Millers have posted to the Burial & Cemetery Database. William H. Baugh Jr., husband of Edna Welborn, has also been added to Holly Hill. The BIN would like to thank Bonnie Snider Jones for taking the photographs and posting them to the Find-A-Grave Network. The main databases will be updated shortly.

Wednesday, January 30

Tommy Watford Grave Marker Added

Tommy Watford, who passed in 2007, finally has a grave marker in place at Holly Hill Memorial Cemetery. I have updated the burial and cemetery database to include Mr. Watford's grave marker. This database has been revamped to include Holly Hill in a new format.

Tuesday, January 29

Briles is New County Coordinator for Randolph

I've made formal contact with the head of the North Carolina Gen Web Project expressing interest in returning as the County Coordinator of the Randolph County Gen Web Project. As many of you know, I was CC for Randolph for two years and enjoyed heading that project. Other interests lead me away from the project and I left the project in good hands with Nola Duffy.

I received an email from Mrs. Duffy who was willing to relinquish the role back to me, however no word yet from Denise Woodside, the head of the project for NC. The site has not been updated in sometime and I look forward to assisting in updating the project once again.

As of today, I've been appointed to the above position and have revamped the web site. Please take the time and look at the NEW and IMPROVED Randolph County Gen Web Project!

Tuesday, January 8

Briles Paintings Added

The Briles Information Network is proud to announce the addition of four beautiful paintings to the BIN Network. Susan Briles Kniebes contacted the BIN a while back wishing to display the works of her grandfather, Worthie Harwood Briles. Worthie, who passed in 1979, is the son of the late Enoch Elwood & Maggie Porterfield Briles.

The collection also includes one painting by Bonnie Briles Stokes, daughter of Worthie Harwood Briles who is still living and owns the paintings displayed here on the BIN Site. We are ecstatic to show these wonderful works of art and hope everyone enjoys them as much as we have. Thanks again to Susan and Bonnie for allowing us to show the paintings. You can access the paintings by clicking here.

Monday, January 7

Current Issues

The Briles Information Network is currently working on the following issues below. If you have any information regarding the below issues, please contact us ASAP.

The BIN has a death notice for Sara WILLIAMS Atkinson who passed on March 27, 2004.(Sophia, NC). She is the daughter of Jimmy and Lulie FLoyd Williams and was married FIRST to a BRILES and second to an Atkinson. Her son, George Briles, lives in Los Angeles and her daughter, Mary Briles, preceded her in death. The BIN is trying to identify who her first husband is/was and the lineage for same.

The BIN is currently researching the lineage of George and Mary Briles Sawyer. George & Mary had two daughters, Leila (1881-1941) and Hattie (1979-1902). Leila married William Dougan Farlow and Hattie married Jasper Briles. George's date of birth should be around 1845-1855 and Mary about the same. Anyone with information regarding the above issue, please contact the BIN.

UPDATE (11-18-07): Susan Briles Kniebes and Bonnie Jones have submitted valuable information regarding this issue. We still do not know who Mary Briles is in terms of direct lineage and who her parents are. If you have any information regarding this issue, please contact us.

The BIN has a death notice for Betty Briles Sheckell and Lucy Milder Briles. Lucy was married to a Charles E. Briles from the New Albany, IN area and was Betty's mother. Surviving both is son and brother, Walter Briles. The BIN is trying to identify who Charles E. Briles is and the lineage for same.

Friday, January 4

Request: Chad Taylor Death Notice

Mr. Elias Taylor has contacted the BIN and requested we post this death notice of Chad Taylor. The BIN will honor all requests to post death notices regardless of the affiliation with the Briles surname.

Chad Taylor, 32, originally from Asheville and Glenville, but a resident of San Diego for the past 12 years, passed away Tuesday, December 25 in Pennsylvania of heart complications. He had attended school at Hendersonville, Asheville, and SDU in California. Survivors include two brothers, one sister, his mother, and son. He is preceded in death by his father, a long time Asheville resident.