OBITUARY

Tom Peery Briggs

October 20, 1943December 8, 2013
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Tom Briggs, the younger son of Houston and Marguerite ”Margie” Peery Briggs, passed peacefully in his sleep at home Sunday evening at the age of 70. Born in Meridian, Mississippi on October 20, 1943, Tom grew up in Dallas, attending Bradfield Elementary and Highland Park High School, where he was a member of the Highlander band and the Lads and Lassies choral group. Choosing to stay in Dallas Tom attended SMU where he was a member of Beta Theta Pi, earning a degree in Marketing and Management in 1965, before moving on to the University of Texas in Austin where he received his law degree in 1968. Tom leaves his life partner, Mike Wilkins; a brother, Houston W. Briggs II; sister-in-law, Irina Briggs, of Kissimmee, Florida; several cousins; and innumerable friends. After graduation and a brief sojourn in Detroit, where he juggled dual roles as a Ford assembly- line supervisor and a ladies’ shoes salesman at Hudson’s department store (!), Tom moved to Wichita Falls, Texas where he joined the law practice of his Uncle Kearby Peery. Kearby was one of the great shapers of Tom’s destiny, not least of which was introducing him to the art of blackjack. Tom never met a blackjack dealer he didn’t like. In fact, there were few people of any persuasion Tom didn’t like. He had a lifelong love and gift for making others happy. He spent the summers of his youth at Camp Grady Spruce, where he met many of the friends whose lives would forever be linked together by those idyllic times. He later returned as a counselor, then served as a director, and eventually owned a small Possum Kingdom lakefront property that served as an easy escape from life in Dallas. As his career as a trial lawyer progressed, Tom joined two of his close friends, Jim Brown and Mike Berkley, in a new Dallas firm, Briggs, Brown, and Berkley, that would become his sustaining career focus. He loved the law practice and his clients loved him, as did all those who had the opportunity to work with him and for him. His generosity was legendary: so many, many times did he gladly help his friends and friends of friends in need that he was often referred to as the EZ access branch of Briggs Bank and Trust. Tom had so many friends, generations of friends and families who were always there for him and for whom he played such an important role. He was loved greatly by all, most of all by his life partner, Mike, who had the privilege of sharing thirty-five years of his time on earth. He left us prematurely, briefly catching a glimpse into that “home for the bewildered” that he had talked of sharing with those he loved - his cousin Pat Wood and her husband Bubba; his dear friends Mary Hodge and Susan Boucher; his extended family of guys and gals. The end came swiftly, made so much more bearable by the loving assistance of the care-givers from Acappella and the Grace Hospice group. He will be so missed. A visitation will be at Sparkman/Hillcrest Funeral Home, 7405 W. Northwest Hwy., Dallas, TX from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm, Thursday, December 12, 2013. A Memorial Service will be on Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 2:00 pm at the Cathedral of Hope, 5910 Cedar Springs Road, Dallas, TX 75235. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Camp Grady Spruce, c/o Barbara Reynolds, 601 N. Akard, Dallas, TX 75201. Online condolences may be made at www.Sparkman-Hillcrest. Com.

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, December 12, 2013
  • Memorial Service Saturday, December 14, 2013
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Tom Peery Briggs

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September 17, 2017

I met with this gentleman in 2008 to discuss a legal problem after being referred by a friend. We spent about 45 min. of his time and he only reluctantly took my $50. And yes, he advised me well for which I am still grateful. RIP, kind sir. MJR

May 31, 2014

I just recently learned of Tom's death and needless to say I am very sorry to hear this sad news.
I had the privilege of working with Tom at Camp Grady Spruce in the early 60's and he was a talented unique individual. He had such a great personality and was well liked by everyone.
I would like to express my condolences to all of his family and friends and I am sorry that I did not know about his death. Tom and his spirit will definitely be rest.
God bless you Tom and may you RIP.
John Snowden (Georgetown, TX)

Jonathan Carleton

December 28, 2013

Mike, our deepest condolences. Tom was so full of life and generosity that it is hard to think he's gone. Alex and I send our best regards.

Judy Sanford

December 17, 2013

Tom and I reconnected at one of our HP reunions; we danced and laughed and remained friends from then on. He always made my visits back to Dallas more fun. The world has lost a lovely man.

Randy Sprabary

December 16, 2013

I knew Tom from Cathedral of Hope. We were friends with many friends in common. I well remember playing tennis with Tom one sunny Texas afternoon. He was playing tennis and I was just there. He was very patient and a very good tennis player. Tom was also incredibly funny. On a few occasions I found myself with Tom and our mutual friend Tom F. (you know who you are) and I can only remember the laughter of good friends. You will be missed but not forgotten. Thanks so much for your kindness and generosity and for the laughter.

Souraya Sawas

December 13, 2013

God will Bless his soul he is a good Man who helped people and family too

December 13, 2013

With smiles we think often of Tommy. With love to all who share our memories of his spirit.
Eric & Janie Clough, Kennebunk, Maine

Julie & Dave Cassidy

December 13, 2013

Our prayers are with you Mike!

Susan Bean Aycock

December 13, 2013

Dear Mike,
How many great and hilarious memories I have of time spent with Tom and Ray Bean! I wish I could find the photo of a toga-clad Ray and me at a Halloween party at your house sometime in the 70's. Ray and Tom were both outspoken and sometimes outrageous, but they were both 100% themselves to everyone across the board, and incredibly loyal to those they loved. I'm glad I got to tell Tom recently that I'll soon be a grandmother and that I loved him, though he wore me out like only a big brother can. My deepest condolences to you, Mike, and to so many others who called Tom their friend. All my love,

Beverly Marshall

December 12, 2013

It has been years since I have seen or talked with Tom. He remains in my mind one of the kindest most gentle of gwntlemen. I never knew anyone who did not speak highly of him. I know you will all miss this wonderful individual.