William N. SearcyWilliam “Wick” Nelson Searcy died on Sunday, December 3, 2018. At a young age, Wick brought a sense of duty and responsibility into whatever he sought to achieve. An Eagle Scout by age thirteen, Wick set about on a life marked by achievement. After graduating from Thomasville High School, Wick’s stellar academic record and love for the Bulldogs brought him to the University of Georgia, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics in 1964. Wick attended University of Georgia School of Law and graduated in 1967. Wick then obtained a Masters of Law in Taxation from Washington University School of Law the following year.
Soon thereafter, Wick joined the firm and practiced at the firm until his death. In addition to being an exceptional lawyer, Wick also achieved the rank of Major General in the Georgia Air National Guard and Commander of the 165th Air Wing, where he displayed a singular appreciation for the men and women in uniform who sacrifice their time and lives in service to their county. He retired as the Commander, Georgia Air National Guard and Assistant Adjutant General, Air.
Wick was always an active member of the legal community, and the community at large, including serving as Past President of the Rotary Club of Savannah West, member of the University of Georgia Foundation Board of Trustees, chairman of the board of the National Museum of the Mighty 8th Air Force, past Chairman of the Board of Citizens Bank in Cairo, Georgia, Omicron Delta Kappa, Blue Key, Gridiron, Phi Delta Phi, President of Young Lawyers, Chairman of the Southeast Regional Special Liaison Tax Committee, Chairman of the Section of Taxation, Chairman for the Conference with the Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants and as Vice Chairman of the Commission of Continuing Lawyer Competency.
Wick was rated as an AV Preeminent attorney by Martindale Hubbell for over 30 years. Wick Searcy was beloved by all who had the privilege of working with and for him.