Billy Ray Briggs Sr., died Thursday March 28, 2013. He was born in Davidson, Okla. to Hubert Raymond Briggs and Loreta Lee Ground-Briggs on Dec. 6, 1928.

He served briefly in the Army Air Corp before founding United Fence Company in 1953 and retired after 46 years, leaving it to the next generation.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Wilburn Murrel Briggs; and beloved wife of 56 years, Juanda Jeanne Dean-Briggs.

Survivors include children, Billy Briggs and wife Risa of North Little Rock, Susan Owens and husband Les of Bigelow, Cheryl Briggs of Jacksonville, and Scott Briggs and wife Tabbitha of Hot Springs; 10 grandchildren, Michelle Buie and husband David of Bigelow, Christopher Owens of Little Rock, Tiffany Wilson and husband Stephen of Tulsa, Okla., Rachel Cecil and husband Josh of North Little Rock, Brad Briggs of North Little Rock, Rebekah Briggs of North Little Rock, Billy Ray (Trey) Briggs III of North Little Rock, Hannah Owens of Bigelow, Tyler Briggs of Hot Springs, and Bryce Briggs of Hot Springs; great-grandchildren, Olivia Buie of Bigelow, Chloe Buie of Bigelow, Connor Wilson of Tulsa, Okla., Parker Wilson of Tulsa, Okla., Reed Cecil of North Little Rock and Rhett Cecil of North Little Rock.

A graveside service was held Wednesday, April 3 at Pinecrest Memorial Park in Benton.

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