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.


Anonymous said...

dr george bino rucker urology:
dear trent, i am saddened and upset by this news. I hope your family is able to attain the peace you deserve. Dr Briles is a very compassionate doctor and I wish I had known his wife better. My prayers are with you.

Dr Rucker

Kelly O'Keefe said...

After finding an obituary for James E. Briles 31 Mar 1926 - 11 Jul 1992(see below), husband of 1]Lorena and 2]Marilyn, and father of James A. Briles, the line of descent would be James E., Edward Lewis Briles, Jacob Andrew Briles, etc.

James Edward Briles. 66, long-time Iowa legislator, died July 11, 1992, at Clarkson Memorial
Hospital In Omaha, Neb. Services will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday (today), July 16; at the United
Methodist Church In Corning with burial at the Cromwell Cemetery. Coen-Beaty Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements; Mr. Briles was the son of Edward L. and Doris Simpson Briles and he was born
March 31, 1926, in Prescott. He graduated from Prescott High School and entered the U.S. Army, serving two years during WWII as a combat Infantryman In the Asiatic-Pacific Theatre. He received four bronze stars and other merits. He was a member of The VFW and the American Legion Ourcq Post 117. Mr. Briles moved to Corning in 1949 and worked in real estate for 30 years and as an auctioneer for 33 years. He became interested in politics and served southwest
Iowa as a member of the House of Representatives for eight years. In 1965 he was elected to the
Iowa Senate where he served until his retirement in 1984. He was one of the best senators at
introducing his bills early in the session to make sure they would be debated. He was remembered for his chairmanship of the County Government Committee. He is survived by his wife Marilyn of
Corning; three daughters. Dory Briles of Des Moines, Mary Briles of Corning, and Coleen
Schieffer of Caladonia, Minn.; five sons; Dr. Ed Briles of Buhl, Idaho, Dr. Jim Briles of Terra
Ceia, Fla.. Dr. Tom Briles of Kansas City, Mo., Rick Jessen of Corning, and Gary Jessen of
Nodaway: a brother, Harvey Briles of Creston; and nine Grandchildren. Officiating will be the Rev. Richard Layman of Coming and the Rev. Jeanne Groom of Prescott. Pallbearers will be Duane Birt, Joe Jones, Francis Mack, Robert Bell, Dr. G.R, McAlpin. Horace Daggett and Jack Nystrom. Honorary pallbearers are Gene Kennedy, Jim Gallegher. Rusty Laird, Junior Antisdel, Charles Wasker, Kevin Kelley,Wes Smith, Ginger Smith, Charles Jones. Mary Wilcox and Ed

Adams County Free Press
July 16, 1992

R. Trent Briles said...

Thank you Dr. Rucker. I have never met Dr. Briles, but he is family. We will continue to pray for his family!

R. Trent Briles said...


Thank you so much for the death notice. I had Senator Briles in the database, but didn't have his death notice. Your contribution and research has helped immensely! I have posted this information on the main page, with proper credit to you!

Thanks again

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