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James D. Briggs Jr.

April 15, 2011

James D. Briggs Jr.
    James Day Briggs Jr., 89, of Geneva, chairman emeritus of the board of directors of Bank of Geneva, passed away on Thursday, April 14, 2011, at Adams Memorial Hospital in Decatur, Indiana.
    He was born in Geneva, Indiana, on July 3, 1921, to James D. and Mary E. Hoskinson Briggs.
    A 1938 graduate of Geneva High School, Briggs entered Indiana University, where he earned a bachelor of science degree in business in 1941. He attended Harvard Business School, where he received his master's of business administration degree in 1943.
    During World War II, Briggs served in the U.S. Army's Supply Corps in France and attained the rank of captain.
    In 1946, Briggs began fulltime employment with Bank of Geneva, where he worked until his death. He was a past president of the bank and the chairman of the board of directors.
    At the time of his death, he was president of Limberlost Bancshares Inc. and a director of the Adams County Community Foundation, Limberlost Conservation, and the Golf Club of the Limberlost.
    Briggs was also a member of the 40-year club of the Indiana Bankers' Association.
    In 1990, Briggs was presented with the Sagamore of the Wabash Award by Gov. Frank O'Bannon. He also received the Limberlost Heritage Award from the Geneva Chamber of Commerce in 1987 and the Laddie Award from the Indiana State Museum in 1989.
    An avid arborist and horticulturist, Briggs was a member of First United Methodist Church in Geneva, sang in the church choir for 75 years, and taught Sunday School.
    He is survived by his wife, the former Sara Lou Sink; four sons, John P. Briggs (and wife Penny), Richard Briggs (and wife Carolyn), Andrew Briggs (and wife Rhonda), and Christopher Briggs; two granddaughters, Leslie Briggs Snider and Emily Briggs; and one stepgrandson, Steele Solid.
    He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, William A. Briggs; and one grandson, Kevin Briggs.
    A private funeral will be held today, April 16, with a public graveside service at Riverside Cemetery, Geneva, at 3 p.m.
    The family requests memorial contributions to the Adams County Community Foundation (at adamscountyfoundation.org) or to First United Methodist Church in Geneva.
    Arrangements were by Downing and Glancy Funeral Home, Geneva.

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