In Memoriam: William “Bill” Frazier Briley

Bro. Bill Briley. Photo courtesy of the News and Observer

On Monday, November 12, Brother Briley passed away at his home in Raleigh surrounded by his children. Brother Briley was born on November 10, 1930. Brother Briley was initiated as an Entered Apprentice on June 16, 1961, passed to the degree of Fellowcraft on July 7, 1961, and raised to the sublime degree of Master Mason on August 26, 1961 at Thomas M. Holt Lodge #492 in Graham, NC. He affiliated with Millbrook Lodge #97 on February 18, 2003. He passed away on November 12, 2012.

Brother Briley’s obituary, courtesy of the News and Observer, is as follows:

William “Bill” Frazier Briley

William “Bill” Frazier Briley, 82, of Raleigh, died on Monday, November 12, 2012 at his home, surrounded by his children.
A native of Hickory, NC, he was born on November 10, 1930 to the late William Oscar Briley and Grace Estelle Frazier. Bill graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill undergraduate and law school, and was a veteran of the US Air Force. He was an attorney with the NC Attorney General’s office for much of his career, and a member of the Scottish Rite of Free Masons of North Carolina. An active member of Trinity Baptist Church, Bill will be remembered as a devoted husband, father and friend.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Eleanor Smith Briley, and leaves to cherish his memory his son Robert Briley and wife, Linda, of Cary; son Reese Briley and wife, Kim, of Raleigh; daughter Mary Giallo and husband, Joseph, of Saratoga, CA; and daughter Leigh Panek and husband, Mark, of Manlius, NY. Also surviving are his seven grandchildren, Erin Briley, Matthew Briley, Lindsey Almond, Joseph Giallo III, William Giallo, John Panek and Caroline Panek.

The family will receive friends Friday, November 16, from 1:30 – 2:45 at the Trinity Baptist Church narthex, 4815 Six Forks Road Raleigh, NC 27609. A memorial service will follow at 3:00 in the church sanctuary.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Trinity Baptist Church or to the .
Condolences may be sent to the family at

Rest in peace Brother Briley.

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