Jason Riley Searcy was born October 22, 1953 to Mary Helen Clark and Oscar Quentin Searcy. He grew up in New London, Texas and lived the 1950s & 60s equivalent of Tom Sawyer's adventures. Jason and his next oldest brother John Mark, along with friends roamed over and through the woods and oil dirt roads of their community. Jason attended New London's West Rusk Independent School District. When he finished all of the elementary school-age library books by the end of second grade, the principal would walk him to the junior high school library to check out books. His thirst for learning never abated.
In 1972, Jason graduated as the valedictorian of his class and was awarded a scholarship as well as a grant for his college education. He was an honor student at Kilgore College and at the University of Texas at Austin, where he completed his degree in Journalism in December 1974. He entered Baylor Law School in May 1976 and went straight through nine grueling quarters of intense study, because "Rebecca, it's cheaper to get it over with."
Jason was offered and accepted a job six months prior to graduation and joined the law firm of Abney & Baldwin in Marshall where he began work in August, 1978. Subsequently he was a partner in Sharp, Ward, Price & Searcy in Longview but left to establish a sole practice. His area of practice involved complicated business bankruptcy, with a practice that ranged throughout Texas in various Federal Courts. He argued or had cases before the 5th Circuit in New Orleans, in the 1st Circuit in New York, and in the Supreme Court in Washington, DC. His favorite law partners were his son and daughter, both graduates of Baylor Law School. His paralegals were with him collectively over 90 years, Dawn Cameron, Vivian Guy, Kim McMullen and Betty Allen.
Jason was intensely curious about subjects across all disciplines. If he read it or saw it and it piqued his interest, he dove in totally. History, literature, politics, government... absolutely read everything. Jason enjoyed travel and baseball, but nothing compared to time with his family.
Jason and Rebecca married May 24, 1975 and welcomed children into their lives... Joshua Powers Searcy and Callan Clark Searcy. Family multiplied with the addition of Meredith Sholars Searcy and Patrick Francis Reidy. Beloved grandsons Luke and Levi Searcy are so left to cherish the memory of their Pop.
Surviving family members include brothers Jimmy Q. Searcy and wife Ursula, John Mark Searcy and wife Ramelle, mother-in-law Florine Belk Powers, niece and nephew Amanda Searcy, Jacob Searcy and wife Julia, nephews Jonathan Searcy, Michael Searcy, niece Simone Searcy, Jared Searcy & wife Jessica. He was also survived by sister & brother-in-law Regina and Mark Helm, nephews David and Ryan Helm.
Jason's thirst for learning has led us to choose Mission Marshall's Read to Ride program for a donation in his honor.
Finally, the joy of his life that gave him everything good was his faith, his family and his home, a place of beautiful nature, a wealth of memories and the comfort of love therein. Favorite memories abound and we treasure them even more now.
In lieu of flowers, his family has requested memorials in his name. Please consider a donation to Mission Marshall, P.O. Box 1601, Marshall, TX 75671, memo line "Read to Ride". Or you may choose to donate online at https://missionmarshall.org/donations-accepted/ and check the box by "I would like to designate this donation to a specific fund", then select "In Memory of Jason Searcy".
Celebration of Life
JAN 26. 3:30 PM
First United Methodist Church