Emerson Briney

Born:                August 6,1963
Died:                April 25,1994

Turtle Years:   1989-1991
Section:            Tenor I/Tenor II/Baritone

A Turtle’s Tribute:

From A Friend:

I met Emerson in the mid-1980’s at the first law firm I ever worked for in Dallas. I was very young and naive, and Emerson was the first gay man I’d ever met. He taught me so much about his life, his experiences, and his world. At that time, he went by the name Bubba. He considered going to law school, and one of the attorneys in the office told him that he should start using his middle name, Emerson, as it sounded more professional. He did change his name, but in my heart, he will always be Bubba. He was a great friend and co-worker who helped me with a lot of personal problems that I was going through at the time. Not only that, but he was a great person to be around and always had me laughing at his silly stories. He started getting sick in the mid-1980’s, but the doctors weren’t really sure what was wrong. He was scared and alone, and I tried to help him as much as I could. As often times happens in life, he took a job at another firm, and I did as well. We kept in contact for a while, but there wasn’t any internet or email to aid in keeping us in touch.

His health seemed to improve, so I didn’t worry about him as much as I did when he first got sick. Eventually, I lost his phone number, and I guess he lost mine as well. Over the years, I would think of him, but had no way to find him until the internet came along. I searched numerous times without any luck, until I found his name on your Memorial page, and sobbed when I saw it was too late to ever speak to him again. Now, I know what took his life, and I’m heartbroken to say the least.

If there is anybody out there that can fill me in on his last years, I would greatly appreciate it.

I would also like to find where he is buried so I can go say hello to my dear friend. If I remember correctly, his family didn’t live around DFW, and the last time I had contact with Emerson, he was a single man. I can only hope that he had someone special in his life at the end.

It’s not important what you do in life or who you are, but that you touch someone’s life in some way – and he certainly touched mine. I have nothing but fond memories of Emerson, and he will be in my heart forever. Emerson, I love you, and I miss you.

Suzi Henderson

A Turtle’s History

Emerson first performed with the Chorale in the “A PERFECT 10” concert in September 1989 at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center. He played the part of a reindeer in the December 1990 production of I’M DREAMING OF A WHAT CHRISTMAS? Emerson sang with the Chorale through June 1991.

He was the Program Coordinator for the Chorale during the Chorale’s eleventh season.

1 reply
  1. Steven Kimsey
    Steven Kimsey says:

    I really enjoyed reading this. A very heartfelt tribute to Emerson.
    I played a couple of years of little league baseball with Bubba when I was so young. We were the worst baseball team ever, I mean we were bad, mostly because we were kids who wanted to eat candy and sunflower seeds from the concession stand instead of playing ball.
    I had a crush on his sister Kathleen.
    She was so pretty!
    Everything was so simple when we were kids. I think of those days and smile.
    I wish you and Kathleen and Bubba and the family much love and good wishes!


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