ELIZABETH WILKINSON WARE SEARCY
Died May 3, 2008 at St. James Place in Baton Rouge, LA. She was born to Eva Lyle and David Gaston Wilkinson in Selma, Alabama on February 4, 1911. Known to her family and friends as “Ludie”, she received a degree in English and History from Judson College. She taught school, then went on to be active in church and community affairs serving as President of the Officers Wives Club, where she was named Army Woman of the year in San Pedro California. Through her work in the assistance league, she was named Woman of the year in Downey, California. She helped to organize the Assistance League in Hemet, California and with her husband Ralfe Searcy, helped to establish St. Stephens Episcopal Church in Sun City, California. While living in Birmingham, Alabama she was active in the Retired Officers Wives Club, Chapter F of PEO, and St. Mary’s on the Highlands Episcopal Church. Ludie was known for her talents in flower arranging, giving book reviews and programs, and her expertise in bridge. Her gracious and generous hospitality was legendary. Ludie is preceded in death by her parents, her sister Eva Lyle Wilkinson Harris, and her husbands James Elliott Ware and Ralfe Clayton Searcy, Jr. She is survived by her sister, Mary Murphy Wilkinson Weaver, children James Ware Searcy, Kathleen Ware Searcy Petznick and George Paul Petznick and Elizabeth Searcy Harrison and George W. Harrison IV. Grandchildren include Paul Gaston Petznick and Eliza Pascall Petznick, Charlotte Petznick Maxwell and Larry Maxwell, James Lyle Petznick, Eva Lyle Searcy, May Harrison Bruser and Jeremy Bruser. She is also survived by five great grand children, beloved nieces and a nephew. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on May 16, 2008 at St. Mary’s on the Highlands Episcopal Church, 1910 12th Avenue South, Birmingham, Alabama. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to St. Mary’s on the Highlands Episcopal Church for Friends of St. Martins, P.O. Box 55245 Birmingham, Alabama 35255.