Joe Phillip Searcy, of New Braunfels, TX, died Monday, April 4, at his home.

Joe was born on May 25, 1941 in Menard, Texas to Walter and Sarah Searcy. He grew up in Baytown, TX and graduated from Robert E Lee High School in 1958, then attended Lamar University in Beaumont, TX.

Joe joined the military in 1965 and served his country for 20 years, including the Vietnam War, as a US Air Force officer. He retired from the Air Force in 1985 and returned to Baytown where he later pursued a variety of interests including opening a wood construction furniture business and driving a school bus . He and his wife, Linda, decided to move to New Braunfels, TX in 1993 to enjoy their retirement years. Joe pursued his pleasure of woodworking and built hundreds of projects in his carpentry shop next to their home.

Joe was predeceased by his parents and his wife of 32 years, Linda Benson Searcy. He is survived by his stepchildren: Michael Kovalcik of Huntsville, TX; Mitchell and Leigh Kovalcik of Huntsville, Texas; Donna Gassiot of Tomball, TX; and David and Troy Kovalcik of Conroe, TX. Also, his grandsons: Christopher and Sarah Kovalcik of Georgetown, TX; Austin and Katie Kovalcik of Forney, Texas; granddaughters Hailey Gassiot and Kaitlin Gassiot of Tomball, TX and 5 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brothers-in-law Freddie Benson of Canyon Lake, TX; Carey and Barbara Benson of Southlake, Texas; Brett and Ana Benson of Grand Prairie, TX, and his sister-in-law Renita Godeaux of Ville Platte, LA.

Joe’s wish was to be cremated and his ashes, along with those of his wife Linda, would be spread in the Guadalupe River near their New Braunfels home. A private memorial will be held on April 23. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to the Wounded Warrior Project at To leave a message for the family, please visit and select obituaries.