James H. (Singlesite) Briscoe, 82, a retired Treasury Department supervisor and a lifelong resident of Washington, died of cancer Saturday at his home here.

He had worked for Treasury for over 30 years, first as a printer with the Bureau of Engraving and Printing and later as a file clerk. At the time of his retirement in 1958, he was a supervisor.

Mr. Briscoe graduated from the old M Street High School in Washington.

A member of the Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Washington for over 80 years, he often played piano there and at other churches in and around Washington. He led a jazz band in the 1940s in which his daughter, Carrie, was the vocalist.

In 1919, Mr. Briscoe married the former Maggie F. Banks, who died in 1962.

He was a 32nd degree Mason and a former royal patron of Carver Chapter No. 58. He also was a royal patron of the Amaranth Court.

In addition to his daughter, Carrie B. Morris, of Washington, he is survived by five other children, Catherine Latney, of Suitland, Lucille Briscoe, of District Heights, James R. II, of Tucson, Ariz., and Constance Wilson and Margaret B. Walker, also of Washington; two brothers, Flemming, and Rufus, of Washington, 27 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the House of Ruth, c/o Dr. Veronica Maz, 459 Massachusetts Ave. NW.