Personal Service, Peace of Mind, Pleasant Memories

Frank Briggs, Jr.

04/07/1931 - 04/18/2017

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WATCH MEMORIAL LIVE ONLINE..A memorial service will be held, 3pm, Saturday, April 29, 2017
Metropolitan Funeral Service, Granby Chapel
7246 Granby Street Norfolk VA

Interment Information

Albert G. Horton Veteran Cemetery
5310 Milners Road Suffolk VA

Frank Briggs Jr., affectionately referred to as Jake or Uncle Jake by his nieces and nephews was born April 7, 1931 in Manhattan, New York. He passed away on April 18, 2017 in Virginia Beach, Va. Jake was the 7th of 13 children born to Frank Briggs Sr. and Estelle Briggs, both preceded him in death. Frank attended school in Manhattan, New York and at the age of 21 was drafted in the army where he served during the Korean Conflict. The memory of his experience stayed with him and he often spoke of his time in the army. Frank moved to Portsmouth, Virginia in the late 1960’s. He was an entrepreneur and master painter. He generously shared his trade with his family members. Frank was also an exceptional cook and had a soft heart for animals. He valued family above all else. Frank was married to the late Ruth Briggs. They raised four children together. Two bonus children from Ruth’s prior marriage, Virginia Choice and Henry Choice and two biological children, Karen Briggs and Dr. Liza Briggs. Frank loved playing the saxophone. He played in church and was a devotee of jazz music. Frank regularly attended jam sessions at local clubs like the Foxtrap and the Mark IV. He was also an integral member or instigator of informal Saturday jam sessions held at various family members’ and friends’ homes. Even up to the end, he tried to recruit people to “play horn.” Music was a core part of his identity and one of his proudest accomplishments was watching his daughter, Karen Briggs, become an accomplished violinist. In addition to his children, Frank has two surviving sisters, Ruby Mincey and Diane Vincent, a younger brother Leon Briggs, his only daughter in-law, Sandra Choice, six grandchildren, Kisha Choice, Dorian Holmes (deceased), Atiba and Henri Choice, Kai and Kira Briggs, Nine great-grandchildren, Ethan Choice, Tiquan and Amira Holmes, Lashawn, Dania and Jania Choice, Semaj, Jalil and Jamir Choice and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Linda To the Family. Losing a love one in death is a trying time for all. I just want to give the family some comfort and hope from God's word, which gives the assurance that one day we will see our dear love ones again. ACTS 24:15 And I have a hope toward God, which hope these(men) themselves also entertain, that there is going to be a resurrection of both the righteuos and the unrighteous. Certainly while we await for these wonderful promise, I hope the family truly find comfort knowing this wonderful hope from Gods word.
Posted: 4/29/2017
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Heather Washington Rest in Paradise, Father Briggs! You will be missed. Sending my love to the entire Briggs family. Love you, Liza! Heather
Posted: 4/29/2017
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Mike franklin From our family here in Florida, we wish the family of Frank Briggs (uncle Jake), peace and love, you have our condolences and uncle Jake will always be remembered and sincerely respected.
Posted: 4/29/2017
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barbara rippy RIP Jake. you will be missed.
Posted: 4/29/2017
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Rosalie G. Brooks What fond memories I have of Uncle Jake. As a little girl my mother would take us to see Uncle Jake and Aunt Ruth often. I did not understand why until I was older. My mother his niece, Janice had a special relationship with them and she was deeply sadden to hear he passed. She always talks of him and Aunt Ruth with such joy. The care he had for his wife and children was special to me and his good cooking as well. I always enjoyed hearing him play the horn. No words of sympathy can ease the fact that Uncle Jake is no longer with us. To Virginia, Henry, Karen, Lisa and family, may your thoughts and loving memories last as long as time endures, may your treasured memories grow more precious, moment by moment and year by year and bring you comfort. Because he lived you live and I am thankful for the memories I have of Uncle Jake!
Posted: 4/29/2017
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The Edmonds Family We send you our deepest sympathy. Words cannot console when we have loss someone we love in death. I would like to share something I have personally found to be very comforting. The Bible at Revelation 21:3, 4, and Isaiah 25:8 state that God will do away with all causes we have for suffering, as well as sickness and death. Knowing this has always comforted us and it is our hope that these thoughts will comfort you and your family as well.
Posted: 4/27/2017
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Joy I am so sorry to learn about the death of your loved one Frank. I know that this is a difficult time for you but rest assured our loved ones who have died will never be forgotten by our loving heavenly father Jehovah. He assures us that they will come back to life by means of the resurrection. John5:28-29 Can you imagine the joy will be on our faces as we see them again? DO not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in the promises of God and find inner peace of mind and heart. Once again I am sorry for your loss!
Posted: 4/25/2017
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Linda LinTo the Family. Losing a love one in death is a trying time for all. I just want to give the family some comfort and hope from God's word, which gives the assurance that one day we will see our dear love ones again. ACTS 24:15 And I have a hope toward God, which hope these(men) themselves also entertain, that there is going to be a resurrection of both the righteuos and the unrighteous. Certainly while we await for these wonderful promise, I hope the family truly find comfort knowing this wonderful hope from Gods word.
Posted: 4/22/2017
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Michael A.Gause I have the fondest memories of Jake and my Father. Jake was alwaus good to me. He will be missed. Rest in Heaven.
Posted: 4/21/2017
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