Eric Bernard Searcy, a beloved husband, father, son, brother, and friend, passed away on November 28, 2023, at Southern Regional Medical Center in Riverdale, Georgia. He was 50 years old. Eric's memory will forever be cherished by his family and friends for his kind-hearted nature, infectious laughter, and unwavering support.
Eric was born on July 15, 1973, in Reynolds, Georgia, to Willie Joe Mathis and Elaine Searcy. From a young age, Eric exhibited a passion for learning and excelled academically. He attended D. F. Douglas High School and upon graduation, furthered his studies at Fort Valley State University. It was at Fort Valley State where he earned a BA degree in Electronic Engineering—a testament to his dedication and perseverance.
After completing his education, Eric embarked on a successful career that showcased his talents and expertise. He was currently employed as a Project Manager at Costar. Throughout his career journey, Eric held various positions such as Lead Foreman and Supervisor. His education and natural aptitude enabled him to explore different possibilities within the industry. Eric stepped out on faith and started his family business A&E Premier Home Inspections. He held several positions at Quality Built such as Vice President of Digital Media, Director of Field Operations Manager and a Field Consultant. He was passionate about building guns and making bullets and restoring antique vehicles. Eric loved coaching Little League Football.
Eric's passion for engineering extended beyond his professional life. In his leisure time, he would put his skills to use by building guns—a testament to both his creativity and mechanical proficiency. Additionally, Eric had an undying love for sports and often engaged in them with great enthusiasm alongside his son. He took great pride in being a hero to his daughter—a role that he cherished above all.
The military played a significant role in Eric's life as he proudly served his country by enlisting in the U.S. Army in 1996 as a 1st Lieutenant via ROTC. He also serve as a Combat Engineer. His dedication and commitment earned him numerous accolades including the Achievement Medal,
Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Humanitarian Service Medal, and Army Service Medal. Eric's military service exemplified his selflessness and devotion to duty.
Eric's warm and loving personality left an indelible mark on all those who had the pleasure of knowing him. He was always quick to share a laugh, offer a smile, and stand by the side of his loved ones through thick and thin. Eric's family held a special place in his heart, and he supported them with unwavering love until the very end.
Eric is survived by his adoring wife, Angela Wilcox Searcy, and their children, Eric Bernard Searcy II and Asia Laine Searcy, all of College Park, Georgia. He also leaves behind his mother, Elaine Searcy, and siblings: Timothy (Stacy) Mathis, Alainne Mathis, Samantha Mathis, Rodney (Sylvia) Mathis of Reynolds, Georgia. Additionally, he is survived by his sister-in-law Kimberly (Terrence) Ferguson of Byron, Georgia and mother-in-law Lou Easter Wilcox of Vidalia, Georgia, Father-in-law Ernest Wilcox Atlanta, Ga. Brother-in-law Raymomd Cox Fort Valley, Ga. Aunts & uncles Maelene (Johnny) Gibson, Albert (Debra) Searcy, all of Butler, Ga. Arthur Credle Reynolds, Ga. Glenis McCrary Warner Robins, Ga. Jackie (Betty) Mathis, Wilbert Mathis Reynolds, Ga. Gwenette Mathis Columbus, Ga. Jeanette Mathis, Benny Lee Mathis both of Atlanta, Georgia, Louise Dixon Butler, Ga. Elizabeth Williams North Carolina, Calvin McCrary Atlanta, Ga. Cornelius McCrary, Johnny Mae McCrary both of Fort Valley, Ga. Eric was a father figure to his nieces & nephews: Arquarvious, Buddy, Bobby, Shay, Timothy, Timberly, Nicole, and T.J. a host nieces, nephews,cousins, other relatives and many dear friends. Eric was predecessed by his sister LaTrell Searcy (Raymond) Cox.
A Funeral Service to honor Eric's life will be held on December 10, 2023. The service will take place at Taylor County High School Auditorium located at 24 Oak St in Butler, Georgia. The service will commence at 12:00 PM.
Eric Bernard Searcy's presence will be deeply missed by all who knew him. His legacy of kindness, humility, and unwavering love will forever serve as an inspiration to those fortunate enough to have crossed paths with him. May he rest in peace knowing that he made a lasting impact on the lives of those around him.