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HAMPTON - Allen Dale Briggs, 60, went peacefully to be with our Lord on Tuesday, May 14, 2013. Born in Norfolk, VA, raised in Edenton, NC, he lived in the Tidewater area throughout his adult life. By trade, he was a UNIX systems administrator at Langley AFB, INRI, Symantec and, lastly, Northrup Grumman. In his heart and soul, Al was a musician and song-writer. Al's music is well known in the Tidewater area. As singer for Briggs Rigg in the late 1970's, he went on to perform as a member of many duets and trios. Most recently, Al sang at Aroma's both solo and accompanied by his many friends from CNU. An active member of West Hampton Baptist Church, Al was, of course, best known for his gift of music - jamming with the praise band, teaching guitar to the youth, and performing during services and socials. Allen Dale is survived by his wife of 29 years, Valerie Briggs; children, Zachary and wife Justine, Zoe, and Zane; one granddaughter, Evelyn; one brother, Wayne Briggs and wife Ingrid; one step-sister, Pat Hensley and husband Jerry; two step-brothers, Tom Hollowell and wife Vickie, Roy Hollowell and wife Wanda; his beloved mother, Alene Hollowell; and innumerable other family and family-by-heart. He was predeceased by his father, A. L. Briggs, and step-father, Jake Hollowell. A memorial service will be conducted at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 21, at West Hampton Baptist Church, 631 Aberdeen Road, Hampton, VA 23661. Immediately following the service, family will receive friends during a reception at the church. A stage will be set with open mic; singers/musicians are encouraged to bring acoustic instruments to share a quick song. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Hospitality House of Charlotte. The staff and fellow guests of the HHC are forever in our hearts as Val & Al's most recent home away from home.
Published in Daily Press on May 19, 2013
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