Searcy's legacy planted

Brewton resident and botanist dies Monday leaving plants behind

Botanist and Brewton resident Darryl Searcy, 86, died Monday, Aug. 8, leaving a legacy to enjoying the outdoors and knowing almost every plant and flower by name.

Searcy moved to Brewton in 1978 and officially retired in 1986 but he kept his fingers and eyes in the dirt in and around Brewton.

It began with the Brewton Tree and Beautification Board asking him to select plants for Jennings Park. He also worked with Shirley West, the first director of Turtle Point Environmental Center in Flomaton, to not only pick plants along the boardwalk leading the Big Escambia Creek but to identify the many...

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