Gaine Melvin Briley, former state Rep., dies at age 81

Gaines Melvin Briley. a prominent businessman, politician and military veteran from Portland, has died from heart complications at age 81, reports The Tennessean.
In the 1950s, his young entrepreneurial spirit encouraged him to launch Briley and Jernigan Insurance and Real Estate Agency in partnership with his brother-in-law, Joe Jernigan. For about 30 years, Briley was a partner in the flourishing business that still operates as Jernigan and Cage Insurance in Portland.
…Briley was also instrumental in the 18-year legislative career of state Rep. Mike McDonald, who knew the late politician for 40 years and considered him a mentor.
“I’ll certainly miss his friendship,” said McDonald, a former Volunteer State Community College professor. “Melvin made Portland a better place, and he’s highly respected by the entire community.”
Briley’s political career expanded beyond Portland when he helped manage the campaigns of former Congressman William Anderson and former Gov. Buford Ellington. Briley served Sumner County as a state representative in the 86th and 87th General Assembly sessions from 1969-72. During that time, he played an instrumental role in bringing Volunteer State Community College to Gallatin. The college was established in 1971.

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