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Rev. William E. (Bill) Briggs

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Rev. William E. (Bill) Briggs 2017
The Rev. William E. (Bill) Briggs, 86, of Zanesville, went to his eternal home on Sunday July 16, 2017. Throughout his life and ministry, Bill was highly respected and much beloved by both those of considerable means and by those of very limited means. His first pastorate was with the Lemington Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh, from 1956 to 1958. From there he served as Associate Pastor of the Calvary Presbyterian Church in Canton, Ohio, from 1958 until 1966. Feeling the call to work more directly with the poor, he accepted the call of Wooster Presbytery of the United Presbyterian Church and became Director of the Northeast Inner-City Mission in Canton. As a “street minister”, Bill worked with others to minister to those on Canton's east side, connecting them to the services and resources they needed. He became part of the founding board of Canton's FISH, a program organized by both Protestant and Catholic laymen and women to respond to people's basic needs. Originating in England, FISH was conceived to combine ecumenical dialog with practical Christian action. Racial tensions were high in the late 1960's and Bill became part of the mayor's “Operation Positive”, a youth recreation program as well as training for low-income unemployed adults. As a consequence, Canton was spared the riots experienced in other larger cities in Ohio. He also worked with others to develop the Northeast Community organization and C.H.I.P. (Community Housing Improvement Program, Inc.), a non-profit corporation which renovated individual houses and constructed 77 units of housing for moderate- income families.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, and infant twin sons. He is survived by his beloved wife of 61 years, Dorothy L. “Dottie” Briggs; his children: Stephen B. Briggs (Marti) of Uniontown, Amy H. Parker (Al) of Blue Rock and David A. Briggs of the home; he is also survived by grandchildren: Jeremy S. (Missy) Briggs, Laura M. (Stephen) Craig, Abraham A. (Sarah) Parker, Joseph W. (Nicole) Parker, Anna J. (Adam) Schmitz and Grace M. Parker; and by great-grandchildren: Elizabeth Ann, Abigail Jean and Catherine Michelle Briggs.
In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be sent to the Fellowship of Christ's Community, 40 North Sixth Street, Zanesville, Ohio 43701 or to Brighton Presbyterian Church, 771 Lexington Ave., Zanesville, Ohio 43701. Calling hours will be held from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday, July 20, 2017 at WILLIAM THOMPSON & SON FUNERAL HOME, 5765 Gladstone Drive, White Cottage, Ohio, and one hour prior to the service which will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, July 21, 2017, at Central Presbyterian Church with Rev. Sue Ellen Skinner officiating. Burial will be in Zanesville Memorial Park.
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Published in The Repository on July 19, 2017
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