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Cerverio Cortez Briggs

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Cerverio Cortez Briggs


Cerverio “Cortez” Briggs was born on August 28, 1970 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Pauline and John Thomas Briggs. He was the youngest of four children.


Cortez completed his elementary education in the Willingboro New Jersey School District. He attended Rancocas Valley Regional High School in Mount Holly, New Jersey and in June 1988 graduated from Willingboro, High School. Cortez continued his formal education at Philadelphia Technical Institute where he pursued his interest in Computer Programming.


Cortez worked for Ocean Spray Cranberries, Incorporated for more than twenty-six years. He received numerous recognition awards and was well-respected and valued for his impeccable work ethic. When Ocean Spray relocated from Bordentown, NJ, to Upper Macungie, PA, Cortez was hand-selected to train fellow co-workers and new employees on the new start-up venture. Two years ago, Cortez reluctantly left Ocean Spray to work for LiDestri Industries in Pennsauken, New Jersey.  The move reduced the long commute from New Jersey to Pennsylvania and allowed him more time to spend with the family.  Because of his vast knowledge of all phases of Ocean Spray processes, he continued as a part time consultant for a short time after leaving the company. Cortez continued to be an exemplary employee at LiDestri Industries and was also recognized and rewarded accordingly.




Cortez was united in holy matrimony to his high-school sweetheart, Donna Tannis (Briggs) on June 3, 1995 at McGuire Air force Base, NJ. This union was later blessed with four children, Bianca, Brandi, Quintin and Quincy.  

Cortez was a strong believer in the sanctity of the family and his greatest motivation and ultimate pride and joy in life was spending time with his family. There was not a day that went by that he did not say “I love you” to each immediate family member. Cortez was also very affectionate and could not sit in a room without hugging his kids. To his older siblings, Cortez was known as the “baby of the bunch”. They always stuck together and reinforced the importance of family as it was instilled in them from an early age.

His love of family extended not only to his wife & children but also to his many nieces and nephews. Cortez was that uncle. In a room full of adults, Cortez could be seen interacting with his nieces and nephews, planning future fun activities and adventures for them. He was a proud uncle who held that “Uncle Cort” title with pride.





Cortez’s approach to life was multifaceted.

Cortez was an avid reader and had an immense collection of books.  He was constantly determined to seek a deeper knowledge of history, humanity and the world around him. He was especially fascinated and greatly interested in the Egyptian culture.  He passed on that passion and natural curiosity to his children and anyone else who would listen.


One would take a big risk when debating with Cortez. There were not many subjects that he did not have an opinion on or the facts to back it up! Many thought of him as the “great debater”.


Cortez also had a unique and impressive fashion sense/style. You would never catch him without his Fila’s, Bally’s, or Adidas. 

Cortez loved sports - - particularly football and basketball. He was an avid, life-long, passionate fan of the Philadelphia Eagles and 76ers. He was a true die-hard supporter of both teams and stuck with them whether they won or lost.



Cortez’ s love for old school hip hop is legendary. Some would even say he would go to great lengths to not only catch a concert but be backstage (onstage) with his hip hop favorites. Hip hop was nothing new to him, from his early “competitive break dancing” days and leather bomber jackets, to even now with his Kangol hats, he was always representing hip hop culture. Some would even recall him walking through town with his gold boombox.


Everyone who came into contact with Cortez was impressed with his talent for making people laugh and his easy sense of humor.  His continuous kindness and generosity towards others will always be remembered and cherished.



Cortez was preceded in death by his parents, Pauline and John Briggs, Sr., nephews, Rashawn Briggs, Lemoyne Williams, and Jacob Williams.

He leaves to cherish his memories, his devoted wife Donna, daughters Bianca and Brandi, sons Quintin and Quincy, siblings, Joanne Willis (Rick), John Briggs (Veronica), Paul Briggs (Tera), and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.


Cerverio Cortez Briggs, of Mullica Hill, NJ  passed away on Wednesday, February 17, 2021. Life Celebration service will be private to the family. Family and friends may participate in a walk through viewing, Saturday, February 27, 2021 9AM until 10AM at the TL Hutton Family & Friends Funeral Services, 869 Beverly Road, Burlington, NJ. Masks must be worn. Entombment: Lakeview Memorial Park, Cinnaminson, NJ. Service will be live streamed 10am at www.TLHuttonfuneralservices.com  

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