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Jimmie Lee “Curley” Briers, Sr.

May 2, 1940 - October 18, 2021

Jimmie Lee “Curley” Briers, Sr., age 81, of New Castle, DE, passed away peacefully on Monday, October 18, 2021, surrounded by his children. Jimmie was a caring and loving father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend.

Born in Montgomery, AL, on May 2, 1940, Jimmie was the son of the late James and Arleathia (Thomas) Briers, Sr. He was a proud member of the Phi Beta Sigma fraternity at Alabama State University. Upon graduation, he began his professional career as a history teacher. He later transitioned into chemical and pharmaceutical sales, working for Mobil Oil and ICI Pharmaceuticals (now, AstraZeneca). Upon his retirement in 2005, Jimmie spent much of his free time at his favorite fishing spots throughout Delaware and Maryland. Jimmie was also an avid football fan, always rooting for the Alabama State University Hornets and the Dallas Cowboys. He always enjoyed travelling, especially for family vacations and to visit his siblings and their families. Most of all, Jimmie loved spending time with his children and grandchildren.

He is survived by his children, Marchelle W. Briers of Conyers, GA, Jimmie L. Briers, Jr. of New Castle, and Jerry A. Cephas (Eric) of Williamstown, NJ; siblings, James Briers, Jr. (Frances) of San Antonio, TX, Willie Briers of Montgomery, AL, and Loretta Williams of Fayetteville, NC; two grandchildren, Justice Briers and Aden Cephas; and a host of nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Jimmie was preceded in death by his daughter, Veronica M. Briers, his infant grandson, Deacon L. Cephas; and siblings, Dorothy Johnson and Charlie Briers.

On behalf of the Briers and Cephas families, a special thank you is extended to all of the staff at Coral Springs Nursing Home (Wilmington, DE), as well as Bayada Hospice, for the kindness, friendship and loving care that was provided to Jimmie over the past few years.

All services will be held privately.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Jimmie Lee Briers, Sr.’s memory to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 7023, Merrifield, VA 22116-7023 or online by clicking here.

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24 Condolences for Jimmie Lee “Curley” Briers, Sr.

  • Sending hugs and keeping your family in my prayers.

  • I can still hear his voice ,”Hey Jimmie” lol glad to see that he had some some solid time here with us. Sorry to hear he has passed on. My spirit is with everyone..

  • He was intelligent, charming, and witty – traits he passed on to his kids. I’m grateful to have known him and pray for eternal peace and rest for him.

  • I am sorry for your loss.

  • In memory of my “Uncle Curly” you will be remembered by loved ones, Bless the Briers and extended family…from Lanexa, VA the Johnson family.

  • What a beautiful tribute. Job well done family. Praying for you all! Take your rest Mr. Briers.

  • Mr. Jimmie you will truly be missed. The times we spent having our Motown show downs were priceless. I feel blessed to know there is one more angel smiling down on me.

  • My Condolences to the Briers family. I am Marchelle Briers neighbor. She is a Wonderful Lady and always talked about her brother and family. My prayers are for Peace and Healing. Cherry Crawford

  • Sorry for your loss. All my love,
    Budd

  • Sending my love and prayers to Jimmie’s family and friends.

  • I had the honor and pleasure of meeting Mr. Briers on a few occasions. His most valued gifts were the love and devotion of his children and grandchildren. You could see it in the way that he talked about them – always with a smile and much pride. Their accomplishments were his accomplishments and their happiness was of the utmost importance to him. Marchelle, Jimmie and Jerry – you carry within you a legacy of greatness, intelligence and fearlessness. Doris, Veronica and Deacon have already welcomed Mr. Briers home. Know that his spirit will continue to shine love and light upon you all in the upcoming days, weeks and years ahead. Be at peace family. Much Love, Lori

  • Uncle Curley, you will be missed. Love you.

  • He was the patriarch of a beautiful family. All of whom I treasure dearly. Blessing them and to Mr. Jimmie as he travels homeward.

  • Jerry, Jimmie and Marchelle my heart goes out to you and your family. I will keep you in prayer.

  • May your warm memories give you comfort at this time of sorrow. Love and prayers for our family. James and Frances.

  • We are keeping you all in our prayers during this time. Marchelle, always know that we are here for you.

  • Our thoughts are with you and your family.

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with you (Jerry) and your family. Keep your hand in his hand and the Lord with help you during this difficult time.

  • It’s hard to understand why people are taken from us, but find comfort in knowing you were a special part of a well lived life. Your Aunt

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  • To the Family of Jimmie Lee Briers Sr. (Uncle Curley); My deepest sympathy for your loss. Please accept my warmest condolences.
    W.A.W. PBS 22Nov.1981

  • You will be missed Uncle Curly. The Briers family will be in our prayers.

  • Uncle Curly you will be miss. You were always funny, witty and very smart. I will forever keep the memories of the time I have spent with you in my Heart. Love you.

  • Such a pleasure to be around. We really enjoyed our family gatherings; especially the holidays (Christmas, Thanksgiving,and our Father’s day crab fest. The memories are too many to list.May you rest in peace .