Obituary – Thomas Berry Briggs

Thomas Berry Briggs

May 7, 1955 – December 24, 2015
Age: 60
Residence: Springfield, MO
Formerly of: Hot Springs, AR Thomas Berry Briggs, MD, was born April 7, 1955, in Hot Springs, Arkansas, and died December 24, 2015 in St. Louis, Missouri, after a lifelong challenge with heart problems.  Despite ongoing difficulties with his health, Tom never let it keep him from living his life to the fullest.

Tom was raised in Hot Springs, AR and graduated from Hot Springs High School in 1973. He attended Louisiana Tech University, receiving his Bachelors of Science in Zoology, in 1978, summa cum laude. He went to medical school at the University of Arkansas, receiving his MD in 1980, and completed medical residency in Jackson, Mississippi in 1986. He began his neurosurgical career in 1986 in Springfield, MO. He received his Board Certification from the American Board of Neurological Surgery in 1989. 

A veteran of the United States Army Reserves, Tom served his country from 1978-1991, retiring with the rank of Major.

Tom was a founding physician of Springfield Neurological Institute (SNI), where he treated countless patients over the years. He served on numerous professional committees, was a member of several medical societies, and had several hospital associations through the years. He was, at the time of his death, Medical Director at DermaHealth Laser and Skin Care Clinic in Springfield. It would be difficult to overstate the impact he had during his many years as a physician. He was highly thought of by his peers, and had the trust and gratitude of innumerable patients.

A few of his charitable services over the years included membership in the Shriners, serving on the Mid-American Transplant Services (MTS) Board for over 15 years, and he also authored Missouri’s guidelines for brain death determination. He was very passionate about organ donation, and would encourage everyone to become organ and blood donors.

In addition to being a pilot, Tom had many personal interests and hobbies, including but not limited to hunting, home brewing, golf, photography, diving, building computers, barbequing, and gunsmithing. Tom never let his heart condition interfere with his goals.  Tom excelled at anything he did!

Tom is survived by Cheryl Briggs, his wife of 28 years (Springfield, MO); daughters Melissa Nicole Briggs and Amy Michelle Briggs (both of Springfield, MO); parents James Ira Briggs, Sr. and Frances Elizabeth (Kidd) Briggs (Hot Springs, AR); brothers James Ira Briggs, Jr. and wife Robin (Remington, VA), John Briggs (Hot Springs, AR); sisters Nanette E. (Briggs) Woodsome and husband, Tim (Springfield, MO) and Janniece A. (Briggs) Arnold and Dallas (Mountain Home, AR); and numerous nieces and nephews.

Tom contributed much to the lives of his family, friends, and patients, and still had much to offer at the time of his death.

Memorial service will be held Sunday, January 3, 2016, from 3-5 p.m. at 425 Downtown. (Address is 425 West Walnut, Springfield, MO) In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to one of these organizations to which Tom dedicated much of his life and time – CoxHealth Foundation to benefit The Ozarks Endowment Fund for Neurosciences, or Mid-America Transplant Services, 314-735-8200,

The memorial is a celebration of Tom’s life. We requests that friends or family who have a special memory, story, or photo they would be willing to share at the memorial service, please email them to


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