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Bill Merritt Funeral Service

6201 Northwest 39Th Expressway, Bethany, OK

OBITUARY

Jerry Searcy

December 3, 1936June 3, 2019
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William “Jerry” Searcy, 82, of Bethany, OK left us too early, passing away unexpectedly and peacefully on June 3, 2019 in his favorite chair at home. Born on December 3,1936 to “Spot” and “Clemie” Searcy in Ft Worth, TX, Jerry married Marilyn Hamrick of Arp, TX and they were married 60 years. He was a devoted husband, dad, and papa who made sure his family knew how much he loved them. A longtime member of Council Road Baptist Church, Jerry faithfully served as a children’s Sunday School teacher and a treasured volunteer at The Cube Community Outreach Center. He would want all his friends to know that he is home with Jesus and he loves them. Jerry loved airplanes and all things aviation from a young age. He earned a degree in aeronautical engineering from The University of Texas and became an avid, lifelong Longhorn fan. He was very proud of his contribution to the design of the B747 aircraft during his tenure with the Boeing Co in Seattle, WA. Upon leaving there, he finished his aviation career with the FAA in Oklahoma City, OK. Jerry enjoyed sailing, traveling, shooting, history, dogs (but no cats!), teaching kids in Sunday School, volunteering at The Cube, and spending time with his family. Preceded in death by his parents, Jerry is survived by wife, Marilyn of Bethany, OK; daughter Kay (Paul) Heath of Oklahoma City; sons, Craig (Cheryl) Searcy of Anchorage, AK and Darrell (Kelly) Searcy of Oklahoma City, OK; grandchildren Austin (Emily Haenny) Searcy of Brooklyn, NY; Tyler (Heidi Weaver) Heath of Los Angeles, CA; Cory and Taylor Searcy of Oklahoma City, OK; Cheyenne (Glen Floyd) Heath of Oklahoma City, OK; Lara and Shockley Searcy of Anchorage, AK; sister, Sally Green of Longview, TX; brother, Waldo (Sherill) Searcy of Grapevine, TX; and many special nieces and nephews whom he loved dearly. Services to celebrate Jerry’s life are viewing and visitation: Thursday, June 6, 5-7pm at Guardian Funeral Home, 5820 NW 41st St, Warr Acres, OK. Memorial service, Friday, June 7, 10am, at Council Road Baptist Church, 2900 N Council Rd, Bethany, OK. Donations in Jerry’s honor (no dang flowers!) may be made to: Wings OK, Adults with Special Needs Ministry at wingsok.org, House of Healing at house-of-healing.org, or Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children at obhc.org.

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, June 6, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Friday, June 7, 2019

Memories

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Charlie Collins

June 7, 2019

I knew Jerry from taking my kids to the CUBE in the mornings. Our family quickly grew fond of him and became friends with him. There are people that are friends and then there are the few that carry that friendship beyond the shared common ground and come into your life. Then, beyond even that, there was Jerry. He made it a point to come into our world and uplift, encourage, and support us. He would create unique cards for my kids on their birthdays, invite me out to lunch, and support our bus ministry. He would ask how my ailing mom is and even come to visit her. He always remembered if someone wasn't at church and would tell you he missed you when you got back. He was a champion for Christ and a giving and generous man. I learned allot from you, Jerry. We miss you.

John Norman

June 6, 2019

John Norman

June 6, 2019

John Norman

June 6, 2019

Peggy Diefenderfer

June 5, 2019

Jerry took our whole family sailing and we had the best time with him. From that time on we lovingly referred to him as “the Admiral”. I cannot imagine a Sunday without him coming by to greet us and shake our hands. I have so many wonderful memories of Jerry and will miss him so much.

Vickey Banks

June 5, 2019

Jerry's deep love for our church family endeared him to me. I also loved his faithful service, his playful spirit, and devotion to his family. As a committed Sooner, I did NOT like his beloved Longhorns, but I did appreciate his faithful passion for them. Thank you, Searcy family, for sharing him with us. He was a treasure to us all. Gratefully, Vickey Banks

Alice & Bob Reed

June 5, 2019

Jerry’s always been around! With Marilyn around somewhere too! He always seemed to be “on a mission”, hurrying here and there, with a big grin on his face! You’ll be greatly missed, Jerry, but your mission has been fulfilled! Marilyn, our love, prayers and thoughts are with you!

Malorie Magnus

June 4, 2019

Jerry will be so unbelievably missed. I cannot imagine CRBC without him. I love how he always called us girls his “girlfriends”. He always called me his favorite....but then he always called whoever he was talking to his favorite :) I loved teasing him and making him laugh. One day when I was awarded an honor at work, my sister, Ali, and Jerry showed up a few hours later with a Braums treat for me in celebration. My coworkers asked after he left, “Was that your grandpa?” I laughingly said, “No....but he kinda feels like one.” And it’s true, he felt like one. Our family is so sad to not be able to join in the celebration of his life, but we have been swapping stories and sending love from here.

Marla Weaver

June 4, 2019

I'm so very sorry for your loss. Tyler and Heidi brought Kay and "Papa Jerry" to my home to meet me just a few months ago. I'm so pleased I had a chance to meet them and spend some time with them. He left such an impression on me..I will fondly recall that afternoon for a very long time. May you all be comforted and reassured that he is in eternal peace and love. Rest in Peace forever.....you are missed

Makenzie Magnus

June 4, 2019

Jerry was so beloved. I can hardly imagine walking in to the Cube without seeing him at the front desk stirring up a lot of "trouble." I first started to get to know Jerry when he took a lot of us sailing on Lake Hefner...he was always the one thanking US for letting him get out on the boat whenever we began to thank him! When I started to work at The Cube, lunches would happen with a few of us, Taco Bueno or Whataburger, wherever he had coupons. He always asked "what do ya know?" and would stop by my office for little chats throughout the week-always keeping up with my friends, family, and even my little dog (or "the little rat" as Jerry would say!) He was so generous, his grumpiness fooled no one. A couple weeks ago after he read my latest newsletter about Shiloh Camp, he started to ask me about what CRBC was doing with them this summer. I told him he should come out and hang out while we were there serving some meals and snacks at the end of June and he grumbled and said, "No thanks!" The next morning there was a check slid under my office door to cover snacks for the whole week. One of the first missionaries I talked to after I began working in missions was a lady who grew up at Council Road and she said Jerry and Marilyn were the first people to support her. I always loved hearing about his adventures sailing, his time spent working on airplanes, and seeing him interact with his grandsons at The Cube. He was a character: Texas longhorns and funny email forwards will take on a whole new meaning now. I am heartbroken not to be at the funeral on Friday, but I am cherishing all the memories I have with him. I thank God I stopped by to squeeze his hand and see his bright eyes at the hospital just two weeks ago and saw him at the Cube right before I left for my trip. He swung by to say hey to everyone, the first place he wanted to go after getting out of the hospital. Love you, Jerry. You changed the world around you for the better and left a legacy of faith.

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