His tours included Korea, Germany and Cuba. He graduated from Middle Tennessee State University in 1999, Cum Laude with a degree in Criminal Justice. While attending M.T.S.U., Eric served as a member of the Nissan Fire Brigade. He entered the Tenn National Guard in 1996 as Sgt. He served on the Governor’s Task Force on Marijuana Eradication attached to the Memphis Organized Crime Unit, 1996.
He served as a Tennessee State Trooper from 2000-2007; served on the Governor’s Security 2005, Special Agent for the T.B.I from 2007-2008 until called to serve in Iraq. He was promoted to 2nd Lt. in the Tenn National Guard January 2006; promoted to 1st Lt. January 2008.
Services will be conducted by Rev. David Hesson and Chaplin Mark Phillips. Interment will be in the Cedar Grove Cemetery.
Survivors include: parents Bill and Brenda Edwards Emmert; special girl in his life Paige Garrard; aunt Marcia Emmert (Frank) Norcom and uncle Wayne (Cora) Edwards.
Also surviving are cousins Margery Norcom (Ken) Hilburn, Michelle Edwards (Donald) Walker and Teresa Edwards, Bryson, Erin and Amy Hilburn, Kayla, Dalton and Madison Walker, Melissa and Ashley Edwards; great aunts Jennie Rousseau Tedeschi, Norma Rousseau Burgdorf, Mary Emmert, Evelyn Climer Lancaster and Lois Climer (Dan) Shafer; many other cousins; special cousin Charles (Dean) Vantrease; special aunt Lois Moody.
Lt. Emmert is preceded in death by sister Margery Catherine Emmert; grandparents Howard Lee and Catherine Climer Edwards, Victor Jacob and Margery Rousseau Emmert.
Active pallbear: Tommy Boleyn, Wade Williams, Michael Cowan, Tracy Tyler, Derek Travers, Wayne Jackson and Gene Stegal. Honorary pallbearer: Sgt. Bill Nelms.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Nashville Rescue Mission, 639 Lafayette Street, Nashville, TN 37203-4226 or a charity of your choice.
Partlow Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.