WEEMS—Ronald “Top” Lee Briles Sr., MSGT, United States Marine Corps (retired), 77, of Weems passed away January 11, 2022.
He is survived by his wife, Ola Mae Smith Briles; sons, Ronald L. Briles Jr. (Tracey) of South Carolina and Jeremy Briles (Lindsey) of Arizona; daughter, Lisa Briles of Arizona; six grandchildren, Lindsay and Ronnie Briles of Virginia, Faith and Jazmyne Briles of Arizona and Cameron and Dexter Wehrung of Arizona; four great-grandchildren, Brayden and Allison Briles of Virginia and Daniel Briles and Renner Woolery of Arizona; two brothers, Robert Briles (Reaha) and Richard Briles (Mary Lou) of Iowa. He was known as Papa to all of his grandchildren and was loved by many nieces and nephews.
He was receded in death by his parents, Arthur D. Briles and Pauline Whisner Briles; and his brother, Roger D. Briles of Iowa.
Mr. Briles was one of the first members to start the Morehead City, N.C., Rescue Squad and belonged to Company 2 Fire Department in Stafford. He was a Mason with Ocean 0405 of Ancient Free & Accepted Masons, Morehead City, N.C., a member of The American Legion, and a Life member at Large of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 15048.
Mr. Briles was a Purple Heart recipient, member of the Purple Heart Association and received the Navy and Marine Corps medal for heroism. He retired from the USMC after serving 28 years. He was a fire inspector, Quantico Marine Corps Base; fire chief, Headquarters Marine Corps, Washington, D.C., and retired safety manager, United States Park Police, Washington, D.C..
Family received friends from 3-5 p.m. Wednesday, January 19, at Currie Funeral Home, Kilmarnock. Services will be held at Quantico National Cemetery at a later date.