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1978 Samuel 2022

Samuel Emerson

June 5, 1978 — December 24, 2022


Samuel David Emerson


A memorial gathering and visitation will be held for Samuel “Sammich” David Emerson, age 44, on Friday, January 6, 2023 from 4 PM to 9 PM and will continue on Saturday, January 7, 2023 from 8 AM to 3 PM at the Sibille Funeral Home, 2309 George Dr, Opelousas, Louisiana.

Tragically, and to promote awareness, his family shares that Sam took his own life the early morning hours of Saturday, December 24, 2022, in Opelousas, Louisiana.

Sam was the youngest of two children born to David and Lori (Magee) Emerson of Coquille, Oregon. He was born at 8:16 pm on Monday, June 5, 1978, at Bay Area Hospital in Coos Bay, Oregon.

Sam spent his childhood between Oregon and Alaska, attending schools and making lifelong friends in both states.

He loved being with and helping family and friends, hosting social gatherings at his residence, and sharing his love of the University of Oregon Ducks. GEAUX DUCKS!

He had a huge generous heart, was a natural born salesman, and an amazing leader.

Sammich touched countless lives from Alaska to Louisiana and he will be missed tremendously.

Samuel is survived by his wife, Rachelle Emerson, and their children, Briaunna “Breezy” and Emmitt “Bubba” Buckley, and his son, Syris Emerson, all in Opelousas.

In addition, he is survived by his father and his wife, David and Sandy Emerson of Coquille, Oregon, and his mother and her husband, Lori and Rick Wade of Dallas, Oregon.

He is also survived by his siblings, Jessica Phiachantharath, Portland, Oregon, Jeff (Susan) Emerson, Exeter, California, Janette Sweet, Springfield, Oregon, Julie Desrosiers, Molalla, Oregon, Jason Grumbling, Corvallis, Oregon, Kim (Tony) Budesilich, Sherwood, Oregon, and Craig (Nicole) Wade, Kutztown, Pennsylvania; his paternal grandmother, Lois Emerson, Coos Bay, Oregon; his maternal grandfather, Louis Magee, McMinnville, Oregon;  paternal aunts and uncles; Sue (Larry) Tietsort, North Bend, Oregon, Debbie (Bruce) Carpani, Coos Bay, Oregon; maternal aunts and uncles; Lesa (Chris) Haight, Orion, Illinois, Colleen (Dan) Cumberland, Albany, Oregon, Kathi (Michael) Chard, Coos Bay, Oregon, Lori (Tim) Causey, Redmond, Oregon, and April (Gary) Steele, Roseburg, Oregon; as well as numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his previous wife, Dana Pitre Emerson; infant son, Ethan David Emerson; father-in-law, Donald Morgan; paternal grandfather, Gary Emerson; maternal grandmothers Lois Hill and Sally McPherson; and maternal aunt and uncle, Melinda Dickinson and Richard Magee.

Pallbearers are Jeff Emerson, Jeremy Broussard, Mike Fontenot, Josh Graham, JW Miller, Damien Prudhomme, Craig and Scott Wade. Honorary Pallbearers are David Emerson and Rick Wade.

In lieu of flowers, Sam’s family is requesting financial support for his family.

Words of Comfort for the family may be expressed at Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Sibille Funeral Home of Opelousas.

To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Samuel Emerson, please visit our flower store.

Service Schedule

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Friday, January 6, 2023

4:00 - 9:00 pm (Eastern time)

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Saturday, January 7, 2023

8:00am - 3:00 pm (Eastern time)

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Saturday, January 7, 2023

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