Robert Perry Searcy was born May 14,1927 at Patroit, Indiana to Louis and Minnie Moredock Searcy. Growing up he was active in church activities, Boy Scouts, 4-H and sports. During his high school years he was chosen as one of the top 5 basketball players in his district. He also served as Boy Scout leader. After graduation, Bob joined the Army serving one year in Italy during WW II. After military service, he returned to Patroit to join his father in the dairy operation.
In 1947 Bob married Robena Heath who survives him. They purchased a farm adding broilers and sheep to the farming operations. In 1952 Louis and Bob came to Lee, Florida bought 2 farms and began the process of moving 2 farms and 2 households to Florida. Farming at Lee consisted of row crops, beef cattle, hogs and later pines.
Bob was active in church, school and community activities. He became a Farm Bureau director in 1954. He held that position until his death. In 1955 the Searcys were chosen Outstand Farm Family. In 1956 Bob was chosen Outstanding Young Farmer for the State of Florida by the JC’s. The next year Bob served as Chairman of the Florida agriculture program for the JC’s. In 1960 Bob and Beanie entered the Real Estate business with United Farm Agency, later becoming United National. They were active for 40 years. Bob became of member of Gideon’s International in 1965. He served Suwannee West Camp as Memorial Bible Chairman for 36 years. He remained a member until his death.
Bob and Beanie have 2 children. Daughter Judy Mosier (Keith) lives in Aurora, Indiana. Son Jim preceded Bob in death. Daughter-in-law, Vivian lives in Lee.
They have 5 grandchildren: Sarah Craig (Aaron) Bloomington, IN; Doug (Natalie) Aurora, IN; Rebecca Selvaraj (Cametron) Columbus, IN; Alexandria Searcy, Jacksonville, Fl; Rob Searcy, Jacksonville, Fl. They have 3 great grandchildren: Chauncy Craig, Amelia Craig and Elliott Mosier. Bob is also survived by 3 nephews.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Louis and Minnie Searcy, brother Glenn and son Jim.
Visitation will be Monday, February 10, 2014, from 1-3 p.m., followed by the funeral service at 3 p.m. at First United Methodist Church of Madison.