Lou Ellen Carter Briley, age 75, of Elba, AL, departed this life Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at her home in the Pine Level Community after a lengthy illness. Funeral services will be held from Mt. Olive Baptist Church on Saturday, September 28, 2013 at 2:00 PM with Rev. Wayne Webber officiating. Committal services will follow in the Pine Level Community Cemetery. Visitation will be at Mt. Olive Baptist Church on Saturday, September 28, 2013 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM. Flowers are being accepted or memorials may be made to Mount Olive Baptist Church C/O Hubert Ray Bryan, 7980 HWY 141, Elba, AL 36323.
Mrs. Briley was born in Coffee County, Alabama on December 22, 1937. She was a graduate of Elba High School, received her degree in nursing at Carraway Methodist Hospital in Birmingham and her Master's Degree in Hospital Administration at Troy University. She served as a nurse in Mobile, AL and Chicago, IL before entering the US Army
and serving as a nurse in Texas, Georgia and Hawaii. Following her military retirement, she returned to Elba and served for a number of years as the administrator of the Elba General Hospital and Nursing Home.
She was well known as a faithful member of the Mount Olive Baptist Church and for many years was the church pianist. Members of the community depended on her for advice and comfort when facing physical difficulties and could be call on day or night for assistance. Her sense of generosity extended beyond her family, her friends, and her community, freely giving without thought of recompense. A devoted Auburn fan, she faithfully gave in support of the athletic scholarship program.
Survivors include: Sister - Evelyn Hayden, Hamilton, OH, Sister - Billie Carol Bandstra, Bradenton, FL, Sister - Judy Boswell, Elba, AL, Brother - Clinton Carter (Cheryl), Montgomery, AL, Brother - Larry Carter (Patsy), Tallassee, AL, Aunt - Ruth Mack, Elba, AL, Niece - Misty George, Dothan, AL, Niece - Starla Jones, Elba, AL, Niece - Ann Skaleski (Tom), Dayton, OH, Niece - Kathy Showalter (Frank), Dayton, OH, Niece - Debbie Hoover (Chuck), Nashville, TN, Niece - Meredith Carter, Smyrna, GA, Niece - Holli Hiltbrand (Ray), Cumming, GA, Niece - Tina Dominguez (Angel), Enid, OK, Nephew - Mark Bandstra (Jill), Bradenton, FL, Niece - Vicki Bandstra, Elba, AL, Niece - Julie Carey (Jim), Winston Salem, NC, Niece - Amy Reid (Dave), Kernersville, NC. The Briley family would like to express a deep appreciation to Mrs. Ellens caregivers Chrissy Carroll, Dana Pritchard, Tiffany Lee and Jo Horn.
Mrs. Briley was preceded in death by her Father - Bill Carter, Mother - Beulah Ellenburg Carter, Husband - Earl Briley, Husband - Pete Peterson, Brother - Huey Watson Carter, and Nephew - David Bandstra.
Hayes Funeral Home of Elba, Alabama is serving the Briley family.