toliver.jpg April 29, 1925 – June 18, 2007

Searcy ‘Doc’ Lamar Toliver, 82, of Hempstead passed away Monday, June 18, 2007. Services are set for 11 a.m. Saturday, June 23 at Galilee Baptist Church. Burial will follow at New Bethlehem Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, June 22 at Jones-Washington Mortuary in Bryan.

Searcy ‘Doc’ Lamar Toliver was born in Bryan to Obbie and Beatrice Toliver on April 29, 1925. Searcy was the eldest of four children. He accepted Christ at an early age and united with New Bethleham Baptist Church of Wixon Valley, Texas. He continued his walk with Christ at Galilee Baptist Church where he served as president of the Usher Board for a number of years. He later became a loyal member of Morning Star Baptist Church, where he served as deacon and treasurer until his health failed. He received his education in the Bryan Independent School District, graduating from E.A. Kemp High School in the class of 1943.

Searcy was drafted into the U.S. Army in August of 1943 serving at various camps and forts within the continental United States. He was later assigned to various areas of the South Pacific, where he served his country with honor and dignity until the close of World War II. He received an honorable discharge in 1946.

He continued his education at Tyler Barber College in Tyler, Texas. Upon completion of his course work and obtaining his barber license, he relocated to Dallas. He then enrolled in Southwest School of Business, where he received an associate degree in business administration.

He met and married Dorothy Louise Gray of Canton, Texas, on February 22,1948. Searcy moved his new bride to Bryan, where he opened Elite Barber Shop and Taxi service, which were one of the few black businesses in downtown Bryan. The couple then opened Dot?s Café and The Hideaway Club.

Searcy was affectionately known as ‘Doc’ and ‘Paw Paw’. Doc Searcy was a historian and loved to interact with people. He never met a stranger through out his travels far and abroad because he always knew someone that knew someone that he knew. He was a member of the Executive Board of Directors of Daniel Jarvis Home Health Agency, and an active member of the NAACP especially during the years of forced integration.

He was a protégé and loyal assistant to Mr. Lev Thomas and Mr. Harmon ‘Son’ Bell. They met at the barber shop on a daily basis to strategize their next move for integrating the public schools and developing opportunities for minorities to obtain employment in various businesses. Their efforts were successful enabling the City of Bryan to make a smooth transition thereby improving the education and economic condition for all citizens. Additionally, he was able to involve many people in his efforts for success with an outgoing, talkative, helpful spirit. Doc believed that if you did not talk, then you never get to know people, which is why he knew an abundance of people across the United States. As a result of this, he was loved throughout the community. He has numerous good friends, but Mr. Charles Cashaw, Mrs. Lois Morgan and Mrs. Juanita Holland were his traveling buddies.

In 1999, Searcy retired and spent the vast majority of his time giving back to his community through volunteer work at the Salvation Army. No one will ever replace the kindness and generosity that Doc Searcy gave to all. He will be greatly missed.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 47 years, Dorothy Louise Gray Toliver; his parents, Obbie and Beatrice Toliver; brothers, the Rev. Daniel O. Toliver and Paul L. Toliver; son, Tyrone Toliver; daughter Mitsouklo ‘Missy’ McCoy-Toliver; and grandson, Theodule ‘Theo’ Bossett.

He leaves to cherish his memories: three sons and daughter-in-laws, Jerone Toliver of Bryan, Obbie and Joyce Toliver of Houston and Narico and Lucy Reina-Toliver of Somerville, Texas; four daughters and three son-in-laws, Rita and Coy Morgan of Desota, Texas, Eloyce and Williams Grimes of Hempstead, Texas, Searcy Louise Toliver of Bryan and Janette and the Rev. Seth Williams of Riverside, Calif.; daughter-in-law, Bertha Toliver of Houston; sister, Geraldine Hester-Baccus of Desota, Texas; three sister-in-laws, Lola and Ira Wideman of Dallas, and Lee Ella Toliver of Oakland, Calif.; a special grandson, Searcy L. Toliver, and wife, Jacklynn, of Austin, whom he helped raise as his very own; a special niece, Faith Holland and husband, Johnnie, of Missouri City, Texas; 32 grandchildren; an abundance of great- grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He also leaves behind caregivers who took excellent care of him during his illness: Tikia Harmon, Roslyn Labba, of Hempstead, Texas, Lu Zgabay, RN, of Caldwell, Texas, Wendy Sutton, LVN, of Waller, Texas, and San Jaunita Ortega, LVN, of Hempstead, Texas, as well as special granddaughter, Kenya L. Myers-Starks and husband, Troy, and her staff at Daniel Jarvis Home Health Agency Inc.

As the seasons change, this too will pass. Don’t worry about Doc –  he has become anew. Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breaths away.

[Source: Bryan-College Station Eagle]