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Roderick James 'Mike' Briscoe

Funeral for retired 1st Sgt. Roderick James "Mike" Briscoe, 52, Lawton, will be at 9 a.m. Friday, Dec. 1, 2017, at Whinery-Huddleston Funeral Home Chapel. 

Burial with full military honors will follow in Fort Sill National Cemetery, Elgin.

Mr. Briscoe, retired Army first sergeant and resident of Lawton, died unexpectedly on Sunday, Nov.19, 2017, at the age of 52, while recovering from surgery at a Lawton hospital.

Mike was born in Houston, Texas, on July 23, 1965. He enlisted in the United States Army in 1986 and served a distinguished career in the Field Artillery spanning over 27 years, retiring on Dec. 31, 2013. This service included deployments to Saudi Arabia, Bosnia, and Iraq. His awards include Meritorious Service Medal w/three Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Commendation Medal w/three Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Achievement Medal w/five Oak Leaf Clusters, National Defense Service Medal w/Bronze Service Star, Southwest Asia Service Medal w/two Bronze Service Stars, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, NATO Medal, and numerous others. 

He married Hope Tomlin, the love of his life, on Aug.11, 1988. He also received his Master's Degree in Business from the University of Phoenix in 2010. Mike was a devoted husband and father and a life-long sports enthusiast; he loved the Houston Rockets, Astros, Texans and Cougars! But more than anything else, Mike loved the Lord!!! He was a member of the Fort Sill Frontier Chapel. 

Mike is survived by his beloved and devoted wife of 30 years, Hope Briscoe; one daughter born into this union of marriage, Ariel Briscoe, and a second daughter, Erielle Williams, from a previous relationship, Houston; stepson, Alexander Tomlin (Katrina), Miami; four grandchildren: Khi, Keion, and Kendrick Tomlin, Christopher John Williams, and Landyn Wilson; father, Eddie James Brisco and stepmother Vinnell Brisco, Houston; father-in-law, Harold Douglas Sr., Ardmore; siblings: Felicia Brisco, Tequita Reagins (Dwight), Pastor Stacey Brisco (Geneva), Houston, Leticia Johnson (Reginald), Raleigh, N.C., Karl Brisco (Dequita), Richmond, Texas; step siblings: Pamela Kirk, Houston, Jacqueline "Renee" Collins, Missouri City, Texas, and Roderick Collins (Willie), Portsmouth, Va.; brothers-in-law: Terry, Tracey Bryant and Crystal Douglas, Ardmore, and Phyllis Edwards (Mark) Detroit; special friends: retired Command Sgt. Maj Guy and Cora Williamson, Lawton, retired Staff Sgt. Desmond and Dawn Price, Lawton, Sgt. Maj. Keith and Shirley Moore, San Antonio, Pam Marion/Barry Ezerski and team; and numerous nieces, nephews, uncles, aunts, and cousins.

Mike was preceded in death by a loving mother, Lise Leola Cooper; daughter, LaShonda Hodge; and mother-in-law, Willie Dean Wilson-Douglas.

The family will receive friends from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017, at the funeral home. 

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