Willie Belle Briggs

Willie B. Briggs, 77, of Niles left this earthly home to be with her Savior Jesus Christ, on Sunday, February 11, 2018 surrounded by her family.


Willie was born to the late Roosevelt and Mattie (Cofey) Washington in Hayti, Missouri on April 7, 1940.


She was known for her brains, and at the age of 16 graduated from Niles High School.  Soon after graduating from high school, Willie met Ossie Briggs.  Ossie married Willie at a ceremony in Niles on November 2, 1956.


Willie also owned and operated Tina’s Tavern for over a decade and retired from Dexter Axle.  When her health permitted Willie enjoyed playing softball and was an avid Cubs fan.  Willie always enjoyed time in the kitchen, and was known for her delectable lemon cakes.


She is preceded by her parents; her husband, Ossie Briggs; her grandson Michael W. Briggs;  her brother, Lloyd Washington; her sisters, Earlene Murray, Mary Nichols, and Irene Washington; stepson, Tony Briggs; nephew, Tony Briggs.


Willie is survived by her children, Craig Briggs of Illinois, Gwendolyn Briggs of Niles, Ronald Briggs of New Orleans, Michael Briggs of Niles, Diane Stone of Saginaw, and Tonja Wade Farrow of Niles.  She is also survived by her grandchildren, Katina Briggs, Elbert Briggs, Amber Briggs, LaTanya Briggs, Jennifer Briggs, Mikeya Briggs, Milyne Briggs, Stacia Briggs, Regina Hackney, DiJonna Williams, and Elijah Williamson; a host great-grandchildren; one sister, Rose Harvey; a brother, Roosevelt Washington, Jr.


Funeral services will be held on Friday, February 16, 2018 at 12:00 pm at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church, 601 Ferry Street in Niles. A time of visitation will begin on Friday at 11:00 am at the church. An interment will follow at Silverbrook Cemetery.


Condolences, photos, and memories may be left for Willie’s family at www.BrownFuneralHomeNiles.com.


Arrangements have been entrusted to Brown Funeral Home.