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Warren Briggs, 89, a resident of Pensacola, FL died Monday, October 1, 2012. He was born in St. Paul, MN on June 30, 1923. He was a well-known civic leader who served in the Florida House of Representatives (66-68), was Mayor of Pensacola (77-78), was a candidate for U.S. Congress, served as President of Baptist Healthcare Foundation (75-89) and later was named President Emeritus. He was a partner in Thompson-Briggs Developers, Inc. He was a lifetime member and past president of the Navy League, an active member of the Historic Pensacola Preservation Board and former president of the Pensacola Museum of Art. Despite having received numerous honors and much recognition, he maintained a self-deprecating humor and characteristic humility. He thought it was hilarious that his final Air Force Effectiveness Report called him "a promising young man with no future." In spite of this prediction, Mr. Briggs was honored as the Businessman of the Year by the Pensacola News Journal (64), BIP Community Leader of the Year (85) and Madison Fellow (08). Among his awards were the United Way Distinguished Community Service Award and the Baptist Healthcare Foundation Fellowship Award (90). Warren Briggs will be honored by Congressman Jeff Miller in the Congressional Record.
Mr. Briggs' varied professional life started with his Army Air Corps experience and his service in the United States Air Force from 45-57. He achieved the rank of Major. He was also an English instructor at West Point. His next endeavor was serving as President of Alger-Sullivan Company in Century. Mr. Briggs then became a true Pensacolian. He was a visionary during the Bicentennial years of the city. He envisioned a beautiful and progressive Pensacola. As part of his mission with the Clean and Green Commission, he dubbed himself the city weed inspector and was also known around town as the crepe myrtle crusader. Warren obtained a B.S. in Military Engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point and a M.A. in English from Columbia University. He met and married Gloria Clancy in 1945 and had son Warren in 1948 and daughter Sandi in 1951. He was the proud grandfather of Clancy Bambrick.
Mr. Briggs was predeceased by his son, Warren Jr.; his wife of 61 years, Gloria and his brother, Bill Briggs.
Survivors include his daughter, Sandi Briggs; granddaughter, Clancy Bambrick; brother and sister-in-law, Edward and Nan Briggs.
Graveside services will be held at 10:30am Friday, October 5, 2012 at Bayview Memorial Cemetery. Memorial services and a reception will follow at St. Christopher's Episcopal Church at 12 noon.
Honorary pallbearers are John Appleyard, Bill Bond, Lou Brown, Ed Chadbourne, Lacey Collier, C. C. Elebash, Pat Groner, E. W. Hopkins, Stan Marshall, Clark Thompson and Red Vickrey.
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Special thanks go to Drs. Ruth Orth, Michael Goodman, Terry Neill and the Sacred Heart Fifth floor staff, and SICU unit.
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Published in Pensacola News Journal from Oct. 4 to Oct. 6, 2012