Frankie Briggs, 65, of Adamsville, departed this life Monday, Feb. 17, at his home with his family. Frankie was born March 31, 1948, in Corinth, Miss. He is the son of the late George Clayton and Christine Jones Briggs.
He was raised in the Gift community until he moved to Savannah when he was in the eighth grade. He graduated from Central High School in Savannah in 1966.
He was united in marriage to Trish Austin Briggs on Sept. 10, 1966, who survives.
Mr. Briggs proudly served his country in the United States Navy from 1969-1973. He was stationed in Key West, Fla., and San Diego, Calif.
In his younger years, Frankie was an active member of the Savannah Jaycees and enjoyed playing golf. Frankie worked in the family business, Briggs Wholesale, for many years. He opened the first computer store in Savannah, Computer Corner, in 1988. He also worked as a computer programmer for Aqua Glass until he became disabled in 2001.
He was a music enthusiast. He enjoyed playing the bass guitar, keyboard, harmonica, and listening to all genres of music. He was the bass player for the band, “The New Hope Music Project.” They recorded a one-song album at Savannah Sound in 1981 with the song “Love in Disguise (Space Love).”
Along with Frankie’s love of music, he enjoyed writing music, playing poker, riding his motorcycle, water skiing and traveling. Frankie’s greatest joy came from playing with his grandchildren.
In addition to his wife of 47 years, Trish Austin Briggs, he is survived by: a daughter, Rachel Briggs Holt and husband Dwayne of Adamsville and a son, Adam Briggs and wife Shay of Morris Chapel; seven grandchildren, Mallory, Austin, Payton and Torrie Holt of Adamsville, Julia Briggs of Morris Chapel, Matt and Sam Ballard of Lexington; a great-grandchild, Jenna Ballard of Lexington; a sister, Juanita Scott and husband Leonard of Savannah and a brother, Otis Briggs and wife Mary of Columbus, Miss.; and an abundance of nieces, nephews and close friends.
Frankie was preceded in death by his parents, George Clayton and Christine Jones Briggs; paternal grandparents Edgar and Icie Rainey Briggs and maternal grandparents James II and Emma Felker Jones; two nephews, Jeff Briggs and Otis Gerrell Briggs Jr. and a niece, Chris Briggs.
Per Frankie’s request, he will be cremated. There will be a celebration of life and remembrance Saturday, Feb. 22, at East End Methodist Church Activities Center in Savannah from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. with a brief service at 6 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, Frankie requested that donations be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital or Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital.