Ronald "Top" Lee Briles, Sr., MSGT, United States Marine Corps (Retired), 77, of Weems, Virginia, and formerly of Morehead City, North Carolina, passed away January 11, 2022.
The family will receive friends from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m., Wednesday, January 19, 2022, at Currie Funeral Home, Kilmarnock, VA. Services will be held at Quantico National Cemetery at a later date.
Mr. Briles was one of the first members to start the Morehead City, NC Rescue Squad and belonged to Company 2 Fire Department in Stafford, VA. He was a Mason with Ocean 0405 of Ancient Free & Accepted Masons, Morehead City, NC, 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, DC and retired Safety Manager, United States Park Police, Washington, DC.
He is survived by his wife, Ola Mae Smith Briles; sons, Ronald L. Briles, Jr. (Tracey) of SC; Jeremy Briles (Lindsey) of AZ; daughter, Lisa Briles of AZ; six grandchildren, Lindsay and Ronnie Briles of VA, Faith and Jazmyne Briles of AZ; Cameron and Dexter Wehrung of AZ; four great grandchildren, Brayden and Allison Briles of VA, Daniel Briles and Renner Woolery of AZ; two brothers, Robert Briles (Reaha) and Richard Briles (Mary Lou) of IA. He was known as Papa to all of his grandchildren and was loved by many nieces and nephews.
Preceded in death by his parents, Arthur D. Briles and Pauline Whisner Briles and his brother, Roger D. Briles of IA.
Arrangements by Currie Funeral Home, Kilmarnock, VA.
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