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Clarence Emmit Searcey was born on May 17, 1928, to Andrew Miller Searcey and wife Eugenia Searcey. He attended Munday High School and met Etta Jean Oman the summer before her senior year of high school in 1947. They married on Nov. 5, 1949. Their 69 years of marriage has left a legacy of faith and of love.
Clarence was a dedicated farmer and custom harvester for many years and took pride in involving his family. He worked for John Deere as a mechanic. Upon retiring after 25 years, he kept farming and took a job with the Texas Boll Weevil Eradication Program. Not one to stay idle, Clarence finished his working years at Automotive Plus, working on tractors and helping to clean the shop.
Clarence was a faithful member of First Baptist Church of Munday, where he was ordained as a deacon on May 25, 1969, and continued to serve for many years. In addition, he and his wife Etta served side by side for many years in various forms of mission work throughout the United States. His greatest mission field was that of his family, who he taught to always focus on God and serve Him with a smile, of which it was rare to ever see Clarence without. His biggest smiles came in the form of a mischievous grin as he teased his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, often leading the way into trouble.
Clarence passed away on Sept, 4, 2019, leaving behind a loving wife of almost 70 years, Etta Jean, and a brother, L.C. His three sons: Jeff Searcey and wife Jan of Munday, Matt Searcey and wife Pam of Olney, and Andy Searcey and wife Kim of Ft. Worth. Clarence and Etta had eleven grandchildren: Terra Martinez and husband Raul, Dr. Courtney Galle and husband Marcus, Samantha Luna and husband Justin, Andrew Searcey and wife Teffany, Jenna Searcey and fiancé Brady Baitz, Eric Searcey, John Searcey, Aaron Searcey, Cassidy Norton, Callie Norton, and Clay Norton. They were blessed with nine great grandchildren and a tenth on the way. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and a sister.
“Jesus took your hand, and you stood before the Lord. He said, my child, look around you, for great is your reward.” (Ray Boltz)