Friday Find

Materials Firm Founder, Joseph Briles, Dies

Joseph L. Briles, 55, of 1027 Sequoia Avenue died yesterday at Moses Cone Hospital.

A native of Randolph County, he was founder, chairman of the board and general manager of Asheboro Concrete Products Co., Randleman Lumber Co. and Robbins Builder Supply Co.

He served in the Army Air Force in World War II, was a tail gunner for B25s, and flew 78 missions, received a Presidential citation, Distinguished Flying Cross, and Purple Heart.

HE was a member of the American Legion and disabled American Veterans, a Veteran of Foreign Wars, a member of the N.C. Concrete Masonry Association, and the National Asheboro Chamber of Commerce.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Mozelle Lucas Briles, daughter, Ms. Andrea Briles of Charlotte; son, Don Briles of Charlotte; brother, Raymond Briles of Franklinville, Fred Briles of Belews Creek, Rudolph Briles of Los Angeles, Calif., and Ernest Briles of West Covina, Calif.; and sister, Mrs. Lucille Rogers of Amarillo, Tex.

Funeral will be 4 p.m. tomorrow at Pugh Funeral Homes Chapel, with the Rev. R. L. Hughes officiating. Burial will be at Oaklawn Cemetery.

The family will be at the funeral home from 7 to 9 p.m. today.