Paul M. Searcy, retired postal worker


GREENVILLE — Paul M. Searcy, 76, a retired postal worker, died Sept. 18, 2007, at the Mississippi State Veterans Home in Jackson.

Funeral services were Sept. 21 at Grace United Methodist Church with burial in the Greenlawn Memorial Gardens. Boone-Wells Funeral Home in Greenville handled arrangements.

Mr. Searcy was the father of Jackie McGough, a member of the staff of the Mississippi Conference of The United Methodist Church and the father-in-law of the Rev. Oscar McGough, who serves Crossgates UMC in Brandon.

As a boy, Mr. Searcy was a spelling bee champion and athlete at Shaw High School. He served in the U.S. Army in Frankfurt, Germany, following World War II. He married Jimmie Dot Williams on June 16, 1956, at Shaw Baptist Church.

He retired from the U. S. Postal Service in 1985 to focus on his hobbies: golf, singing and monitoring the stock market. He also attended Mississippi Delta Junior College, sold insurance and drove professionally during his retirement years. Mr. Searcy was a long-term member of Grace UMC, where he sang in the choir and actively supported the church.

He was preceded in death by his father, James Wesley Searcy; mother, Rebecca Elizabeth Woolfolk Searcy; brother, Wesley Ray Searcy; half sister, Eleanor Chitwood; nephew, James W. Searcy; and father-in-law, George C. Williams.

Other survivors include: his wife, Dot of Greenville; daughter Robbie Gail Searcy Sawyer of Austin, Texas; sisters, Edna S. Davis and Rebecca Holm both of Huntsville, Ala. and Glenda Neely of Baton Rouge; three grandsons and a great-grandson.

Memorials may be sent to Make-A-Wish Foundation, 3550 North Central Avenue, Ste. 300, Phoenix, AZ 85012-2127,