CHARLES A. BRIGGS Sr.
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Money and King Funeral Home
171 Maple Avenue W
Vienna, VA

BRIGGS Charles A. Briggs, Sr. Charles Ackerly Briggs, Sr. of Brookside Lane in Vienna, VA passed away in his home while surrounded by loving family on November 4, 2015. He was born on August 1, 1926 in Erie, PA to Robert and Edith (Ackerly) Briggs. He served as a Corporal for two years in the US Army during WWII. He attended Wesleyan University and was an active member of the Alpha Delta Phi fraternity. He married Catherine (Murphy) on April 22, 1950. In September of 1952 he was employed by the Central Intelligence Agency and over the course of the following 34 years he climbed the governmental service ladder from a Junior Officer Trainee to the top position of the CIA Executive Director. He served his country in administrative roles in all four divisions within the Agency, including postings as Inspector General, Comptroller, Director of Services Staff, Congressional Liaison and Executive Director. His participation in the US Government's Senior Seminar in 1970 was a highlight of his life. He holds the unique distinction (in June of 1983) while serving as the Executive Director, of being briefly designated as the Acting Director of Central Intelligence (DCI) and Acting Deputy Director (DDCI), serving in all 3 positions simultaneously. He was awarded the Distinguished Intelligence Medal in honor of his service and accomplishments. After retiring in 1986, he was called back in to serve the intelligence community as a private contractor with a combined total of 60 years. A notable contribution was serving as liaison for the creation of the Sixth Floor Museum in Dallas, TX dedicated to the JFK Assassination. He served five years as Chairman of the Board for the Central Intelligence Retirement Association (CIRA) and also four years as Chairman of the Board for the Association of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO). In 1999 he was awarded the distinguished David Atlee Philips Founder's Award by AFIO for sustained and exceptional contributions. He also served the local Vienna community as PTA President at Madison High School and was active with his children in numerous local sports leagues and organizations. He was preceded in death by his wife Caty in 2008 and is survived by three brothers: Bob Briggs, David Briggs and Larry Briggs, all of Erie, PA. He was the loving father of nine children who survive him: Cath, Carrie, Steve, Deb, Pam, Mike Charley, Sarah and Martha. He was the beloved Bompa of 20 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren and Uncle Chuck to 11 nieces and nephews with an additional 29 grand nieces and nephews. He was a true "leader of the band," bringing music into the lives of his family and inspiring all to appreciate the printed word. He will be missed. Visitation and viewing services will be held at Money and King Funeral Home in Vienna, VA on Sunday, November 8 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Memorial Service and Life Celebration will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax at 2 p.m. on Monday, November 9. In lieu of flowers, donations and/or memorial contributions can be made to Capitol Caring Hospice, 2900 Telestar Court, Falls Church, VA 22042. Reference: IMO Charles A. Briggs (In Memory Of).In lieu of flowers, donations and/or memorial contributions can be made to Capitol Caring Hospice, 2900 Telestar Court, Falls Church, VA 22042. Reference: IMO Charles A. Briggs (In Memory Of).

Published by The Washington Post from Nov. 6 to Nov. 8, 2015.
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May God bless you all with peace and warmest memories of your dear father. My prayers are with you. Sincerely, Kathy (Sedlock) Rogers
Kathy Rogers
November 10, 2015
PAUL R. LEACH
-PAUL LEACH
November 17, 2015
Love to Uncle Chuck. Love to the whole Briggs family.
Karen Walters (Briggs)
November 11, 2015
Nana and Bompa will always be heroes to me, champions of my heart. I am honored to have known them and to have been so close with them throughout my life. I am so grateful to Bompa, Chuck Briggs. He will always live on as a great light of love, strength, and dignity in our family, for his friends, and as an important figure, who both served, and later directed within the intelligence community for the United States of America. Happy Veteran's Day dear Bompa. Today, I light another candle for you.
With love and thanks, Meli
Melissa Parker
November 11, 2015
Prayers to the Briggs Family.
Don & Cindy Cooke
November 10, 2015
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
November 10, 2015
Please accept our sincere condolences.

Dave Warren and Charmane Ahmed
November 9, 2015
Sunrise...Sunset...
Marlene Cecile Maggie Luke Matt Colin McCain
November 9, 2015
I'm sorry to hear of your loss. Please know that God love you all and is not far of from you during this time of sadness.
November 9, 2015
So very sorry to hear of your loss. What a grand and interesting life. We are all thinking of you in Massachusetts. The Clarks
Becky Clark
November 9, 2015
Chuck was always kind and warm to me - welcoming me into the family home for volleyball, snacks, dinners, coffee, and conversation. I particularly enjoyed our side conversations on literature, history, and international relations. Chuck had a sharp, inquisitive mind and an embracing disposition. The world will miss a person of his quality.
Leland Price
November 9, 2015
Peace and love to the Briggs family. Your dad and mom always welcomed the Swagerty kids to your home with warmth and joy.
B.A. Needham
November 9, 2015
Dear family,
What a comfort it was to go to your home in Vienna and find your dad in the living room. He loved that room with all his books and would kindly look up to greet us with that great smile.
May his memory be eternal.

Louise Romanchak
Louise Romanchak
November 8, 2015
Dear Briggs Family: I have many fond childhood memories of your dad, your mom, and the whole family...of being in your home, going to the pool, sled riding when it snowed. Please know I am thinking of all of you with love. Maureen McMahon
November 8, 2015
November 7, 2015
darryl makepeace
November 7, 2015
My heart goes out to the entire Briggs family at this sad time. I did not know uncle Chuck well, but I can say that he made such a grand and pleasant impression when we met. He was a fine man, who lived an amazing and upright life. He will be missed, I know, by those who loved him, and by those whose lives he only touched briefly.
Constance Lessard (Briggs)
November 7, 2015
My thoughts are with the entire Briggs family. Your dad was a man to be admired by all-I'm sorry for your loss,but his memory will live on in each and everyone of you-you are one special family! From a former Madison Madrigal.
Cindy Marr
November 7, 2015
May the peace of God be with you.
Phil. 4:6, 7
November 7, 2015
Bob,Dave and Larry this is sad news, although not unexpected. Carroll and I last talked to Chuck on his last birthday, which I think he enjoyed. We have many happy, cherished memories from childhood to our many visits since. He will be missed. We extend our sympathies to all of you.
Dean & Carroll Klahr
November 7, 2015
Chuck Briggs was an outstanding example of dedicated public servant and proud American. His support for our early intelligence studies efforts at Mercyhurst will not be forgotten.
Bob Heibel
November 7, 2015
I'm so sorry for your loss.. May the most high God comfort you during this difficult time. (Psalms 83:18)
Richard Green
November 7, 2015
Melissa Parker
November 7, 2015
I love you Bompa. You are my hero. Rest in peace. ❤
-Your granddaughter, Melissa
Melissa Parker
November 7, 2015
I was so sorry to hear about the loss of your father. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. He was truly a remakable man.
Cathy Lemanski Ellington
November 6, 2015
With my deepest sympathy as you remember and honor your beloved father.
Leona
November 6, 2015
May the assurance of God's love and support found at the 121st Psalm help to comfort you all during this time of deep sorrow. Charles will be missed by all.
T. J.
November 6, 2015
Prayers for him and the family from one who worked with Chuck in his contractor years. He was truly an old-fashioned gentleman. Plus we shared a birthday although decades apart. Peace to all.
Eileen Wukitch
November 6, 2015
My condolences to Charles's family and friends. May God strengthen you and give you peace during this difficult time (Psalm 29:11).

~K.Rush
November 6, 2015
Please accept my sincere sympathies. May God's holy spirit or active force, equip you with the " power beyond what is normal " to go from one day to the next. ( 2 Corinthians 4 : 7 ) Remember : God can help his faithful servants to endure any and every problem they may face.
November 6, 2015
What a light in so many lives! He and my mother were among the greatest. Love and Blessings to all as you bid him farewell.
Elinore Evans
November 6, 2015
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