David Clements’ father passed away last weekend after a long and
complicated illness. He and his family are traveling to the funeral this weekend. David says that he loved coming to Meeting the day after his father’s death, and feeling the warmth and support of so many Friends. He is grateful for the the many expressions of support and condolence.
This week at Meeting we will have our second edition of Quakerism 101. The theme is “Quakers of the 20th Century”. We will talk about both individual Quakers and the practice of Quakerism in the last century.
Next Saturday, Jan 23, we will have a Meeting for Worship in memory of Gary Briggs, who passed away last Christmas eve after a three week struggle with H1N1 flu and pneumonia. The Memorial Meeting will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Church at Charlotte St. and Edwin Place.
DR. GARY ALLEN BRIGGS – WEAVERVILLE
Dr. Gary Allen Briggs, 68, of Weaverville, North Carolina, died on Christmas Eve at the St. Joseph Campus of Mission Hospital in Asheville after a three-week struggle with complications from H1N1.
Born in Olney, MD, Gary earned a B.S. in Physics at Georgetown University and a Ph.D. in Meteorology at Penn State University. He worked as a research meteorologist for NOAA in Oak Ridge, TN, and for the EPA in the Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, furthering scientists’ understanding of plume rise and dense-gas dispersion. He is best known for the highly influential Briggs Equations developed early in his career. He retired to Tucson, AZ, before settling in Weaverville.
While weather was always one of his passions, it was hardly his only pursuit. Music was a big part of Gary’s life from a young age, most recently as a member of the Asheville Choral Society. He loved being out in nature—whether in his own garden, climbing a mountain, or making trails down to the creekside from his home. He was also continually looking for ways to improve the homes he lived in—from simple, utilitarian changes to larger, structural modifications. It was a great joy for him to share his experiences with his grandchildren by taking them for hikes, canoeing down the French Broad, or just playing with them.
Gary also had a strong moral compass and was active and vocal in trying to effect change—especially on environmental and gay rights issues.
Underlying many of his pursuits was a constant exploration of his spirituality. A member of the Asheville Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends and participant in regional and national Friends organizations, he read widely on many philosophies and theologies. Prior to his arrival in Weaverville, he was active in Pima Monthly Meeting in Tucson, Arizona, Durham Monthly Meeting in Durham, NC, and West Knoxville Monthly Meeting in Knoxville, TN.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Clayton and Mildred Duvall Smith, and Robert and Adele Wenzel Briggs. He is survived by his sons, Allen Briggs and wife Elizabeth of Blacksburg, VA, and Jeremy Briggs, of Asheville; grandsons, Allen and Grayson of Blacksburg; brother, Wayne Smith and husband Paul Del Vecchio, of West Hollywood, CA; sisters Sherry Stanfield and husband Richard, of Yreka, CA, Gale Sexton, of Fremont, CA, Marilyn West and husband Tom, of Arcadia, FL, and Janet Frazee and husband David, of Port Charlotte, FL.
A memorial service after the manner of Friends (Quakers) will be held at 2pm on January 23rd at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Asheville at One Edwin Place, Asheville, NC.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts can be made in his name to the American Friends Service Committee, 1501 Cherry St., Philadelphia, PA 19102, or the Highlander Research and Education Center, 1959 Highlander Way, New Market, TN, 37820.
Gary’s son Jeremy asked that the following note be shared with the Meeting community. It was written earlier this evening:
“Dad, Gary, is ending his time in his body. Multiple organs are beginning to fail, and his body is telling us what his voice can not. It is time to let him go.
We will be removing the paralytic drug that has been allowing the ventilator to be working at such a high pressure, then removing the ventilator a bit later. Given the condition of his lungs, he will probably not last long. The medical staff will be administering whatever drugs are necessary for his comfort.
Please hold Gary in the Light during this time of transition.
Thank you for your love and support. I hope the holiday finds you with
laughter and joy regardless.
peace and blessings,
Friends, our beloved Gary Briggs passed away from this life just a few hours later. His sons were with him at the time.
May the weight of this loss be tempered by the blessings of the season.
Friends are invited to a celebration of marriage at Atlanta Friends Meeting between Hanna McDermott and Laura MacNorlin. The wedding will take place on Saturday, May 23, 2009 at 10 a.m.They ask that attenders RSVP prior to Friday, May 1st via their website: http://hannahandlaura.friendlypilgrim.com
The ceremony will be followed by a potluck provided by local folks.
Accommodations will be available with local Quaker families, or you can bring and roll out a mat at the Atlanta Friends Meeting. If you’d like help finding hotel accommodations, you can email Laura at email@example.com. Please include your Friday lodging preference in your RSVP.
On Saturday night there will be a group camp-out at Indian Springs State Park. This is bed camping, not tents. Bring your own pillows and bedding, meals will be provided on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. There is a dining hall, beach/boating area, and open playing field.
Robert Milton “Bob” Cox died on January 7th after declining health due to Alzheimers disease.
Bob and Ellie Cox were active in Asheville Friends meeting in the late 1970s and much of the 1980s, before there was a Brevard Meeting. They commuted for several years, then later help found and nurture, and joined, Brevard Friends Meeting, which they continued to attend even after moving to Tryon Estates in Columbus, NC, some years ago. A few folks in our meeting will remember Ellie and Bob, and they will be remembered by others in Swannanoa Valley Meeting, formerly active in Asheville.
There will be a Memorial Meeting in a traditional programmed form at Tryon Estates, Columbus, North Carolina, on Saturday, February 21 at 2:00 p.m. On Sunday, February 22 at 2:00 there will be an unprogrammed Memorial Meeting in Brevard, at St Timothy’s United Methodist Church, located on Asheville Highway, on the north side of Brevard. This will be conducted by Brevard Monthly Meeting and will be lead by Robert French of Brevard Meeting.
Ellie would welcome friends/Friends from Asheville and area who remember their years in Asheville meeting in the 1970s and 1980s, during which time Bob served as clerk of Asheville Meeting.
Longtime and beloved Friend Jinny McVickar passed away last month. She was 98 years old.
Jinny was a faithful member and supporter of Asheville Friends Meeting, known and loved by many, from the time she and her husband Art moved here in 1984 until they moved up to Corydon IN in 2003 to be close to other family members. Since that time we have had occasional contact with them, most recently a visit to Jinny by Barry Master just this summer.
A brief obit appeared in the Asheville Citizen Times. Link to obituary
Please hold Jinny’s family in the Light. More details will follow.
Stephanie G has returned from her recent trip to Ghana for an intense semester of Women’s Studies. Don’t miss your chance to chat with her about her experiences before she returns to Earlham College in the Fall!
Meeting has agreed to provide a $2000 scholarship to help Stephanie Gossett reach another milestone in her journey. After her next semester at Earlham, she will be headed to Ghana for an intense semester of Women’s Studies. As she intends to pursue a career of service to women in Africa, this is a great milestone indeed!
Our beloved Friend Alice Brown passed away peacefully in her sleep at the Solace Center on the night of 7/20/2008. Several of her family members were with her at the time of her passing. Please hold her loved ones in the Light during this time of loss.
A CD recording of her March 2007 first hour presentation as part of the “spiritual journey” series is available. Contact Steve L to obtain a copy. No charge, love offering to Meeting general fund requested.