Published in Winston-Salem Journal on January 4, 2011
PILOT MOUNTAIN - Raymond
Calvin Searcy, 73, of Pilot Mountain, NC passed away Saturday, January
1, 2011, at home.
Ray loved being outdoors fishing, playing golf or working in his garden.
When he graduated from High School, Ray played minor league baseball for
the Rutherford County Owls before signing with the Chicago Cubs farm team
in Paris, Illinois.
When an injury ended his baseball career, Ray worked as a textile plant
manager for Texfi and Armtex until retiring in 1995. He also served in
the National Guard.
Born in Lake Lure, NC on November 1, 1938, Ray was the son of the late
Rachel (Parker) and Clyo Searcy of Lake Lure.
He is survived by his wife Jeannie (Marion) Searcy of Pilot Mountain,
son Tim Searcy and wife Janet of Nashville, TN, son Roger Searcy and wife
Alicia of Reidsville, NC, daughter Lisa Wawrzyniak and husband John of
Lebanon, PA, daughter Rhonda Stone and husband Larry of Carthage, NC,
step-son Joel Cook and wife Averi of Pilot Mountain, and step-son Lenny
Marion of Shoals.
Ray leaves behind fourteen grandchildren: Holly, Meghann and Trey Searcy
of Nashville, TN; Brian, Casey and Eric Wawrzyniak of Lebanon, PA; Adam
and Dawson Stone of Carthage, NC; Jonathan Searcy of Summerville, SC;
Tyler, Patrick, Caroline Marion of Shoals and Madison Cook of Pilot Mountain,
NC; and James Stewart of Greensboro, NC.
Ray is also survived by two brothers: Larry Searcy of Lake Lure and Troy
Searcy of Greensboro; two sisters: Jane Pritchard and Vickie Schappert
of Lake Lure; close friend P.M. Shoffner of Pilot Mountain; and former
wife Sylvia (Hardin) Searcy of Greensboro, NC.
Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday, January 4, 2011 at Fairview
United Methodist Church at 2:00 p.m. with the Rev. David Cook and the
Rev. Tony Dowdy officiating with interment to follow in the church cemetery.
The family will receive friends on Tuesday, January 4, 2011 from 12:00
to 2:00 p.m. at Fairview United Methodist Church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Fairview United Methodist
Church Cemetery, 3664 Quaker Church Road, Pinnacle, NC 27043 Cox-Needham
Funeral Home of Pilot Mountain is respectfully serving the Searcy family.