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Class  of  1941
National  Honor  Society

Ann   Douglas  Seay  Briglia



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Florence, Alabama, resident Ann Seay Briglia, daughter of Ira and Willie (Lankford) Seay, was reunited with them, her husband of 64 years Arnold E. Briglia, and other beloved family members January 3, 2009.

Born in Murray, Ky., May 27, 1923, she was reared and educated with her sister in Paris, Tenn. She graduated from Grove High School and attended the University of Tennessee at Martin until she met and married her husband while working at Camp Tyson, Tenn., during World War II.

She enjoyed listening to music of all types but especially enjoyed classical music. She also enjoyed playing the organ and piano. She was an avid volunteer and supported many organizations such as the Salvation Army, the American Heart Association, and the American Red Cross.

She also experienced great pleasure in participating and holding local, state, and national offices in the following organizations: National Society Daughters of the American Revolution; National Society Colonial Dames XVII Century; National Society Daughters of the American Colonists; National Huguenot Society; National Huguenot Society of the Founders of Manikin in the Colony of Virginia; National Society Dames of the Court of Honor; National Society Southern Dames of America; National Society Magna Charta Dames and Barons; National Society Sons and Daughters of the Pilgrims; National Society United States Daughters of 1812; and the National Gavel Society.

She was an active member of the First United Methodist Church, where she taught Sunday school, worked on several committees, participated in circles’ activities, and supported the stewardship activities of the Sunday school department.

She is survived by daughter Elizabeth Ann Short and husband Charles of Waller, Texas; sons, Frank Anthony and wife Kathy of Madison, Ala.; Joseph Arthur and wife Linda of Olive Branch, Miss.; grandchildren, Teresa Elizabeth Beaty and husband William of Waller, Texas; Joseph K. Rader III and wife Marianne of Georgetown, Texas; Elizabeth Kathryn Helleson and husband Kenneth of Huntsville, Ala.; Anthony Alan Briglia of Madison, Ala.; Arnold Eugene Briglia II and Kristen Marie Briglia of Olive Branch, Miss.; great-grandchildren, Kayla Elizabeth Helleson, William Ryan Beaty, and Joseph K. Rader IV; sister, Sarah Elizabeth Inman of Paris, Tenn.; and numerous nieces and nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

The family will receive friends at Elkins Funeral Home from 6 until 8 p.m. today, January 6, 2009.

The Rev. Gary Formby will perform the funeral service at the First United Methodist Church Wednesday, January 7, 2009, at 2 p.m.

The casket will lie in state at he church one hour prior to service time. Interment will be at Tri-Cities Mausoleum Wednesday following the funeral service.

Pallbearers will be Doug Murphy, Herbert Barnard, Tom Bethea, Michael O’Steen, Anthony Briglia and Arnold Briglia. Honorary pallbearers will be Frank Achorn and Edsel Holden.

The family expresses sincere gratitude to the staff at Columbia Cottage, Mitchell-Hollingsworth Summit Rehabilitation, and Eliza Coffee Memorial Hospital for the care given to Ann. Gratitude is specifically expressed to Dr. John A. Scarborough, Dr. Rajesh Boogu, Dr. Edsel P. Holden II, Dr. Hisham BaAlbaki, Dr. Richard Cunningham, and Dr. John E. Bartmess.

Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church, the Methodist Children’s Home, the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association, or the Kate Duncan Smith School.

You are invited to sign the online guest register at


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Reprinted  from the Paris Post-Intelligencer
Paris, Tennessee
Published: January 6, 2009 ~ Used by permission.