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Jonathan Briley

Jonthan E. Briley


Jonathan Eric Briley came into this world on March 5th, 1958 to Marie and Alexander Briley, and he departed this world on September 11, 2001.

He received his elementary and secondary education through the Mount Vernon, New York public school system, and he received his Bachelor of Arts degree from New York University, New York.   His expertise took him into the profession of Sound Engineer for various corporations such as Arrowwood in Rye Brook NY, The Hilton, The Marriott, and Windows On The World at the World Trade Center in New York City.

Jonathan accepted Christ at an early age.   In his teenage years he was a member of Shiloh Baptist Church, New Rochelle NY.  There he served in the Christian Education Ministry and the Music Ministry.   At the time of his death he worshiped at First Baptist Church of Elmsford NY, where he was ordained as a Deacon on March 11th 2001 and served as a armor bearer for his father and pastor Rev. Alexander Briley Jr.    

Jonathan, imbued with the spirit of humility, never failed to look for an opportunity to be of service.   He used his skills as an Audio Engineer in churches up and down the east coast.   The quiet peaceful spirit that resided in his 6’5 ½” frame was a beacon of light and warmth that was felt by everyone who came in contact with him.   His sense of humor attested to the joy of his spirit.   His patience was a source of strength to everyone he met.    Jonathan’s life blessed God because of the fruits of The Holy Spirit.

He fell in love with Hillary Mattox (Miss Thing), and on July 23, 1994 they were joined together in holy matrimony.

Jonathan (affectingly known as Slim by Tim and Mister by Hillary) is survived by his wife Hillary Briley, his parents Rev. and Mrs. Alexander Briley Jr., brother Alexander Briley III of Mount Vernon NY, sister Gwendolyn Strand of Ft. Washington MD, sister Joanne Briley, brother Timothy Briley both of Mount Vernon NY.


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