Worthie Elwood Briles, 98, of DeKalb, Illinois, passed away Thursday, February 18, 2016, at the DeKalb County Hospice at the Oak Crest Retirement Center, DeKalb. A memorial service will be scheduled for early June 2016.Born January 31, 1918, in Italy, Ellis County, Texas, Elwood was the son of Worthie Harwood Briles and Leona Hays (Connally) Briles. He married the late Clara Ruth Wilson on June 6, 1941, in Austin, Texas. He was preceded in death by his parents and by his siblings, Connally Oran Briles, Bonnie Bell (Briles) Stokes, Van Gordon Briles, and Jack David Briles. He is survived by his sister, Leona Jean (Briles) Cookston of Somerville, Tennessee; his children, Susan Marie Kniebes (Duane Kniebes) of Boulder, Colorado, David Elwood Briles (Marilyn Crain) of Birmingham, Alabama, and Sara Briles (Richard Briles Moriarty) of Madison, Wisconsin; grandchildren, Dustin Lincoln Briles Moriarty (Dana Churness) of Herbster, Wisconsin, Rachel Florence Briles (Duy Ho ng) of Austin, Texas, and Travis Crain Briles of Boulder, Colorado; step-grandchildren, Linda (Kniebes) Ismiel (Tim) of Oswego, Illinois, Carrie (Kniebes) Swift (Steve) of Lisle, Illinois, and Van Kniebes of Boulder, Colorado; great-grandchildren, Wylder Lee and Olin Elwood Moriarty of Herbster, Wisconsin, and Kh i and Shiloh Ho ng of Austin, Texas; and numerous nephews and nieces and grandnieces and grandnephews.