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Mr. Brian Louis Emerson

Posted By Hall-Wynne On July 7, 2015 @ 1:34 pm In Durham,News,Obituaries,Pittsboro | 11 Comments

Emerson Brian

Dateline: Burlington, NC
Deceased: Mr. Brian Louis Emerson
July 5, 1976 – July 4, 2015
Mr. Brian Louis Emerson, 38, passed away peacefully in his home in Burlington, NC on July 4th, 2015 with his wife and sister by his side. Brian always put others before himself, even throughout his three year journey with colon cancer. He truly modeled a life of service by always leading with kindness, helping those in need, and never asking for anything in return. Brian was a source of strength and happiness for all who knew him. In turn, Brian found his comfort and peace in his faith and relationship with God.
Brian was married to Carla Henderson Emerson, formerly of Olive Hill, KY on June 16th, 2001. Their 14 year marriage has been a model of the kind of love that is possible when two people share passion, happiness, friendship, laughter, and devotion. Brian’s greatest joy came from his role as a father to their young daughter, Ava Leigh Emerson. He would say that since Ava’s birth in 2013, he enjoyed some of the best years of his life.
Brian was born July 5th, 1976 in Washington, DC to William Louis Emerson and the late Linda Stewart Emerson both of Siler City, NC. He was a Mason, member of the Bula Lodge #409 AF & AM and the Scottish Rite Valley of Greensboro. Brian worked for the past 9 years as a CAD Department Manager for Hydrostructures, P.A., a civil engineering firm, in Pittsboro, NC. He was also passionate about the environment, especially honey bees, which he kept in his backyard. Brian also enjoyed a lifelong love of nature, but most especially a love of fishing, instilled in him by his father. He was also an avid baseball fan who rooted for the Boston Red Sox.
He was also preceded in death by his grandparents, Raymond Emerson, and Stanley and Grace Stewart, as well as his beloved Boxer, Oscar Bean. In addition to his wife and father, Brian is survived by his daughter, Ava Leigh Emerson; Grandparents, James Shuby and Sally Maness of Siler City, NC; his sister, Melinda Emerson of Greensboro, NC; his stepmother, Lucy Emerson, of Antioch, NC and many family and friends.
The memorial service will be held 3:00 pm, Saturday, July 11, 2015 at First Baptist Church, 314 N 2nd Ave, Siler City, NC 27344. The Reverend Rachel Hill will officiate the service. Immediately following service, the family will receive friends in the fellowship hall of the church. A visitation will be held from 6-8:00pm on Friday the 10th in the sanctuary of the church. In lieu of flowers, please make memorials in Brian’s honor to: CROW – Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife P. O. Box 150, Sanibel, FL 33957, http://www.crowclinic.org/ CROW’s mission is to save wildlife through state-of-the-art veterinary care, research, education, and conservation medicine.
 


Condolences for the family of “Mr. Brian Louis Emerson”

Condolence from Tymesha Welch on July 7th, 2015 3:09 pm

I went to school with Brian he was a quiet and shy guy. Heaven gained an true angel. I send my condolences to his wife and daughter as well as family. Love you Brian rest easy you will not be forgotten.

Condolence from Floyd and Willie Bowers on July 7th, 2015 3:38 pm

Carla, Louis, Melinda, and Sally. We were so sorry to hear of Brian’s passing. No words can bring comfort at this time but want you to know that we care . We thought a lot of Brian, especially his friendship with Randy. May your comfort come from knowing that Brian was saved.

Condolence from Donna on July 7th, 2015 4:28 pm

Carla and Ava,

You have lost your soul mate, a loving husband and father who cherished both of you. I am so sorry for your loss but know his love and courage will live forever in your hearts. That very special bond you built with him cannot be broken.

I may not be able to get back in town in time to be with you Saturday but my prayers follow you through these difficult days and beyond.

May the love of all of us surround and comfort you – Donna

Condolence from Bill & Elaine Jerrils on July 7th, 2015 5:14 pm

Dear Carla, as Kerrie Ks parents, we have been praying for you and Brian ever since we were first given his diagnosis and all along your painful journey. Our prayers are still with you for the comfort that only God can bring and the peace that passes all understanding! We rejoice to know that Brian is no longer in pain & sickness, but now with the God he loves.

Condolence from Lisa Asher Angel on July 7th, 2015 5:23 pm

Carla,
So very sorry to learn of Brian’s passing. Just wanted to let you know you are in my prayers s well as the prayers of everyone at First Baptist Olive Hill. Heaven is sweeter now.
Lisa

Condolence from Danielle white on July 7th, 2015 7:44 pm

May God give you peace and comfort at this time of your loss. What a beautiful family and memories you will treasure. Brian will live on through your daughter!

Condolence from Cliff and Diane Tilley on July 8th, 2015 11:04 am

We were so sadden to hear of Brian’s death. We have know him many years, living on the same street when he was growing up. Diane graduated from high school with Linda and worked with her as R.N’s in the nursing home.

Brian had such courage and determination during his battle. . He loved his family so much and would tell everyone about his beautiful wife and little girl.

We want to let you know that First United Methodist Church will have your family on our prayer, list and we will continue to ask God to lift your family up during these difficult days and weeks ahead.

Condolence from Melissa and Nick Szydlek on July 9th, 2015 8:43 am

Carla, Ava and Family,

Brian touched so many lives with his charm, wit, humor, and kindness. Nick and I will miss him dearly. There are simply no words that we can say to accurately convey our condolences to you all. Please know that we are always here for you if you ever need anything. Thank you so much for sharing this journey with your family, friends, and your Hydrostructures family. The world lost a great man, but heaven gained an angel – one who will no doubt watch over you and Ava forever. The strength, grace, courage, and love you all shared is amazing. We love you guys. We love Brian. Knowing him changed Nick and I forever – he made us better people and made us want to be better.

Condolence from James Benshoff on July 9th, 2015 12:45 pm

Carla, I feel so sad to hear of the loss of Brian. Although I’m not sure I ever met him, I heard so many wonderful things about him and your relationship together. I’m grateful that you were able to bring Ava into the world together, and that he enjoyed time with her (and her with him). I hope that the strength and courage that helped you face the challenges of Brian’s illness will sustain you in the days and weeks to come.

Condolence from Cathy Hudgins on July 10th, 2015 1:10 pm

I met Brian when Carla and taught together at Radford University 5 years ago. Carla made the trek to Virginia from North Carolina each week for over two years, and it was evident that she couldn’t wait to get back to Brian after being away. After meeting him and seeing them together, it was no wonder. They had one of the strongest, most romantic marriages I have ever witnessed. She would talk to him on the phone each night, starting the call with “Hello, Big Daddy!” Even when he became ill, the humor and love between them never waned. If only we could all experience that type of love!
He was one of the sweetest, most selfless men I have met. Ava was a gift to them both, and she will one day know how blessed she was to have a daddy as special and devoted as Brian. We are all lucky to have known Brian.

Condolence from Anthony Elmore on July 11th, 2015 9:36 pm

I first meet Brian at Sandhills Community College. It was an honor getting to know him. He was well liked by everyone and would always lend a helping hand to a struggling classmate. In hindsight now I wish I would have stayed in contact with him over the years. Brian will be missed by so many, I only hope that there are more people out there like him. The world would be much better place. My condolences and prayers to his family and friends.

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