Monday, August 31

Donald Lester Hughes Passes

THOMASVILLE-Donald Lester Hughes, 79, passed Wednesday, August 26, 2009 at Britthaven of Davidson Nursing Home. Funeral services Saturday, August 29, 2009 at 2 PM at Southgate Baptist Church; Rev. Chuck Garner and the Rev. Brian Butler officating. Burial will be in Holly Hill Memorial Park Cemetery. Born in Davidson County, January 6, 1930 a son of Clyde Hughes and Sadie Kinley Hughes Surviving are his wife, Betty Harris; son, Ron Hughes and his wife Jane of High Point; four grandchildren, Erin T. Hughes, Miles Giacomo, Kelley Hughes Morgan, and Jeanette Hughes Lylery and her husband Jay; two sisters, Carolyn Hughes of Thomasville and Jewel Dean Kinney and her husband David of Lexington; two brothers, Frankie Hughes and his wife Juanita and Odie Hughes and his wife Linda, both of Thomasville; nine sisters-in-law, Brenda Hughes, Evelyn Darr, Hope Sechriest, Jessie Sellers and her husband Bobby, JoAnn Allred, Mildred Cooper and her husband Bobby, Carolyn Owens, and her husband O’Neal, Helen Briles and her husband Lawrence, and Leslie Harris; two brothers-in-law, Ross Harris and his wife Betty and Arthur Harris. Also surviving are many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by four sisters, Evelyn Hughes, Elizabeth Hughes, Shelby Hughes, and Shirley Hughes; a brother, G.B. Hughes; sisters-in-law, Beulah Harris and Jean Harris; brothers in law, John Lee Harris, Bobby Harris, and Paul Harris; two nephews, Michael Harris and Dwight A. Sluder.

Monday, August 17

The Briles Information Network has learned of three deaths this past weekend. The first involve two Crotts. Elizabeth Jenkins Crotts who passed August 14, 2009 in Lexington. The second is Brenda Hardister Crotts who passed on August 16, 2009 in High Point. And last, Paulette "Paula" Swicegood Swing who passed on August 15, 2009 in Chapel Hill, NC.
You can view each death notices below.

LEXINGTON-Elizabeth Jenkins Crotts, age 84 passed Friday, August 14, 2009 at her home. Graveside service was held at 1:00 pm Monday, Aug. 17, 2009 at Forest Hill Memorial Park; Rev. Dr. Joe D. Coltrane officiating. Born in Guilford County, December 21, 1924 to Robert Calvin Jenkins and Ursula Garrison Jenkins. Preceded in death by her parents, husband Gilmer Crotts, November 18, 1990, a son Tim Crotts in 2003, one sister Lena Jenkins and two brothers, Sam and Bob Jenkins. Surviving are; three daughters, Carolyn Darnell and husband Jerry, Cynthia Beck and husband Dennis all of Lexington and Margaret Crisp and husband Terry of Fancy Gap, VA; one son, Ronald Crotts of the home; six grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.-Cumby

ASHEBORO- Paulette "Paula" Swicegood Swing, age 42, passed Saturday, August 15, 2009 at UNC Hospitals, Chapel Hill. Graveside service is Wednesday, August 19, 2009 at 10:00 AM at the West Bend United Methodist Church Cemetery; Rev. Drew McIntyre officiating. Native of Randolph County. Survived by her son, Ethan McCain Swing of Asheboro, NC; father, Ed Swicegood of Asheboro, NC; brother, Ted Swicegood and his wife Penny of Asheboro, NC.-Pugh

HIGH POINT-Brenda Hardister Crotts, 62, passed Sunday, August 16, 2009 at her home. Funeral service 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 19, 2009, in the chapel of Cumby Family Funeral Service in Archdale; Pastor Steve Jarvis officiating. Interment will follow in Mt. Vernon United Methodist Church Cemetery. Born April 29, 1947, in Randolph County, a daughter of the late Elsie "Doc" Hardister and Beulah Tysinger Hardister. Preceded by her husband Garry W. Crotts and brother Earl Hardister. Survivors include her daughter Shanda Vickers and husband Kevin of Trinity; sister Evelyn Shaw of New Hope and three brothers Elsie Hardister and wife Colleen of New Hope, Wayne Hardister and wife Carolyn of Greensboro, and Rick Hardister and wife Mary of New Hope; and two grandsons Seth Vickers and Ian Vickers.-Cumby

Thursday, August 13

2009 Medlin Reunion

The Briles Information Network is proud to announce the 2009 Medlin Reunion. The Medlin Reunion will be held Saturday, September 12, 2009 at Derek Medlin's house. This is a change in location from the previous years. The Medlin House is located at the intersection of Springs Grove Lane and Fair Grove Rd in Thomasville, NC. Start time for this reunion is 2:00 p.m. with food being served around 5:00 p.m. This year we are asking everyone to bring a covered dish. Dickie Medlin will not be cooking this year. If you have questions or need directions, please contact Derek Medlin at 336-476-7377.

Mildred Briles Larrabee Passes

Mildred Briles Larrabee

The Briles Information Network has received word of the passing of Mildred Briles Larrabee, who passed July 30, 2009 at Ellsworth Care Center in Wisconsin. Mrs. Larrabee is the daughter of the late George and Hallie Arbogast Briles. Below is her death notice for Mrs. Larrabee. The databases have been updated to reflect this passing.

ELLSWORTH, WI-Mildred Daphine Larrabee, 92, passed Thursday, July 30, 2009, at the Ellsworth Care Center. Funeral service was held Monday, Aug. 3, at the River Falls United Methodist Church; Rev. Janet Ellinger officiating. Burial was at Greenwood Cemetery.Born on Sept. 24, 1916, in Webster City, Iowa, the daughter of George and Hallie (Arbogast) Briles. Preceded in death by her husband Willard Larrabee (m. June 14, 1936) and four brothers. Survived by her son, Larry (Myrna) Larrabee of Ellsworth; four grandchildren: Lori (Will) Smith of Menomonie, Debbie (Scott) Feuerhelm of Ellsworth, Allan (John Fetzenburger) Larrabee of St. Paul, and Jason (Kristi) Larrabee of New Market, N.H.; five great-grandchildren: Analicia Frandrup, Tiffany Feuerhelm, Shawn Frandrup, Brandon Frandrup and Brady Feuerhelm; sisters-in-law: Mary Briles of River Falls and Delores Briles of Hudson.

Wednesday, August 12

Databases Updated

The main databases have been updated to reflect the recent passings...Click here to view the databases.

Sunday, August 9

Hazel Farlow Braun Passes

ASHEBORO-Hazel Farlow Braun, age 91, passed Saturday, August 8, 2009 at Hospice Home of High Point. Funeral Wednesday, August 12, 2009 at 4:00PM at Marlboro Friends Church; John Sides officiating. Burial will follow in the Marlboro Friends Meeting Cemetery. Born January 29, 1918 in Randolph County, daughter of Frank M. and Nora Stout Farlow. Survived by brothers; D. B and Michael Farlow both of Asheboro, Byron Farlow of Sophia. Many nieces and nephews.-Pugh

Wednesday, August 5

Murder in Florida; Dr. Briles' Wife Slain

UPDATED: 2:00 p.m. August 6, 2009 by R. Trent Briles
Published date: 9:00 p.m. August 5, 2009 by R. Trent Briles


MANATEE, FL-It appears blunt force trauma killed Kathleen Briles, wife of Palmetto Dr. James Briles, Manatee Sheriff Brad Steube said today at a news conference. Sheriff Steube declined say what was used to kill Briles, but said detectives did recover the murder weapon. Steube said the doctor has been cleared as a suspect in the case by confirmed alibis. You can follow the rest of the news conference by following this link.

Dr. James Briles and wife Kathleen Briles DATELINE FLORIDA-The Briles Information Network has received word of a murder in Manatee, Florida. Kathleen Briles, wife of prominent Dr. James Briles, was found slain sometime Monday, August 3rd in the couple’s home. Florida police have confirmed that Mrs. Briles died a violent death and the case is under investigation. You can follow this breaking story here.

At this time, the BIN does not have the lineage for Dr. James Briles in Florida. If anyone has information regarding this case or lineage information, please contact R. Trent Briles here at the Briles Information Network.

BIO:Dr. Briles was born in Corning, Iowa. He attended Northwest Missouri State University from 1970-1971. He then transferred to Grinnell College in Grinnell. Iowa, where he earned his bachelor's degree in psychology in 1975. He received his medical degree from the University of Iowa College of Medicine in 1980. Dr. Briles completed his internship and residency at Mercy/St. Luke's Hospital from 1980-1983. Dr. Briles joined the North River Family Health Center in June, 1984.-Courtesy of Bonnie Jones, contributor to the BIN.

Sunday, August 2

Databases Updated!

All databases have been updated to reflect the passing of Donald Norwood and Hallie Elizabeth Hayworth Brower. Also an update was completed to the lineage of George Washington Briles and the Bunting Lineage.