OBITUARY

Cecil William Emerson Jr.

November 2, 1934July 1, 2018

Cecil William Emerson, 83, of Dallas, passed away July 1, 2018. He was born in San Antonio, Texas on November 2, 1934. Cecil graduated from North Texas State (now UNT) in 1962 and was a member of the Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity. From there, he attended Baylor Law School and graduated in 1965. Cecil held many positions throughout his long career in law, beginning and ending in the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office where, as Chief Felony Prosecutor, he handled many high profile cases. In between his work as a prosecutor in the DA’s Office, Cecil held positions with the U.S. Customs Service, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, as the Regional Director of the Federal Drug Abuse Law Enforcement Agency, and in the U.S. Justice Department as assistant of the special counsel to President Nixon during Watergate. Cecil was not only a proud United States Army Veteran (1954-1956), but was a member of many organizations, namely the American Judicature Society, the National District Attorney’s Association, and the Delta Theta Phi Law Fraternity. Cecil was an avid reader of western novels and historical biographies, sometimes going through an entire book in a day. Over the years, he shared special bonds with his beloved German Shepherds and Black Lab (Kate, Victoria, and Kathe) and had a great fondness for horses. Cecil was predeceased by his wife of 53 years, Joan, in 2011. He is survived by his five children, Caro Goettee and husband George of Houston, Brooke Emerson of Dallas, Cecil Christopher Emerson of Dallas, Lindsay McCrary and husband Scott of Rockwall, Chase Emerson of Dallas, and two grandchildren, Heather Goettee of Houston and Cameron McCrary of Rockwall. Visitation for Cecil will begin at 9:00 AM on Saturday, July 7, 2018 with chapel services to follow at 10:00 AM at Sparkman Funeral Home Richardson, located at 1029 South Greenville Ave. Richardson, TX 75081. Burial services will follow, with procession to Sparkman Hillcrest, 7405 West Northwest Highway Dallas, TX 75225.

Services

  • Visitation Saturday, July 7, 2018
  • Funeral Service Saturday, July 7, 2018
  • Graveside Service Saturday, July 7, 2018
REMEMBERING

Cecil William Emerson Jr.

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Ellen Russell

July 7, 2018

Caro and Family,

Thinking of you and praying you are doing well during this difficult time. I didn't know your dad, but I do know you are missing him.

Love to all,
Ellen

Bill Hill

July 7, 2018

Cecil was a friend and colleague who led a full and rewarding life. First day as a young assistant DA I met Cecil, and knew at once the job would be exciting and fulfilling. Little did we know 40 years later I would be his boss as the District Attorney. He was a loyal employee, handling all matters associated with the Grand Jury. A difficult assignment but one Cecil succeeded in accomplishing very well with complete professionalism until the day he retired.
Rest in Peace, my friend,
Bill Hill

Henry Wade, Jr.

July 7, 2018

So sorry for your loss. The Wade family.

Karmi Soder

July 6, 2018

Sending your family lots of healing love and light.
Karmi Soder

Dan L. Wyde

July 6, 2018

I met Cecil almost 30 years ago when we were both prosecutors at the Dallas Co. DA's office. We had many enjoyable conversations about law, politics and history. Cecil was always available to provide advice on a case to anyone who requested a moment of his time. Rest in peace Cecil. --Dan Wyde

Richard Corbitt

July 6, 2018

Good man , good lawyer.
Corbitt

Mike Uhl

July 6, 2018

I’m sorry for your loss. He was a friend and fun to visit with.

FROM THE FAMILY