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Joseph Harris Briley

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July 14, 1926 - Dec. 2, 2018

Joseph Harris Briley, 92, of 161 Greenbriar Dr., Gray, passed away peacefully on Dec.

2. The family may be contacted at the residence. Funeral services were held on Wednesday, Dec. 5, at 11 a.m. at Gray United Methodist Church. Reverend Jason Dillard officiated. Burial services followed at Elam Memorial Gardens in Gray. The family greeted friends on Tuesday, Dec. 4, from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m.. at Hart’s Mortuary, Jones County Chapel.

Joseph was born in Mt. Vernon. He was a trained as an aerial gunner in the U.S. Army Air Corp during WWII. Following WWII, he earned a BS in physics from UGA. He worked for DuPont as he started his family. He returned to Georgia to earn a Juris Doctor from Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University. He also achieved the rank of Captain in the Air National Guard. He was an attorney in private practice for years before going on to serve as the District Attorney for the Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit for 20 years, after which time he returned to private practice. He was a member of Clinton United Methodist Church. Joseph was a member of Sincerity Lodge #430 in Gray and a member of Al Sihah Shrine Temple in Macon. He was also a member of the Moose Lodge in Macon. Joseph lived a full life on his own terms.

Joseph is preceded in death by his parents, Mr. Joseph A. Briley and Mrs. Evelyn Brantley Briley.

Joseph is survived by his sons, Joe (Patrice) Briley of Gray, Jason (Debra) Briley of Gray; daughter, Brandyn Briley of Atlanta; sisters, Virginia Clements of Macon and Nettie Jones of Tuscaloosa, AL; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Please register online at’s Mortuary, Jones County Chapel, had charge of arrangements.