William H. Briscoe, 85, a former printer at the old Washington Times-Herald and The Washington Star, died Wednesday at the home of his daughter, Marian Conner, in Morgantown, W.Va. He suffered from emphysema.

Mr. Briscoe had retired from The Star in 1958 after four years there. He had worked at the Times-Herald and its predecessors from the early 1920s until 1954.

The Baltimore native had served under Gen. John J. Pershing in the 115th Infantry Regiment of the 29th Division along the Mexican border in 1916, and then in France during World War I.

Mr. Briscoe was a member of Columbia Typographical Union No. 101. He was a past commander of the 29th Division Association and the Cissel-Saxon Post of the American Legion. He was a Master Mason of New Jerusalem Masonic Lodge No. 9, and a member for many years of Our Saviour Episcopal Church in Washington, where he had served as an usher.

He and his wife, Rosie, who had lived in Chevy Chase for many years, moved to Morgantown with their daughter four years ago. Mrs. Briscoe died in 1976.

In addition to his daugher, Mr. Briscoe is survived by two sisters, Lillian McCormick, of Bethesda, and Anna Daumer, of Langley Park, and two grandchildren.