(December 12, 1934 – July 29, 2012)
Leslie “Slim” Eugene Searls, 77, of Hurricane, went home to be with the Lord on July 29, 2012 following a courageous battle with a short illness. He was born December 12, 1934, in Hurricane, WV and was a son of Mack and Annie Searls, who preceded him in death. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his brothers Mack Searls, Jr. and Melvin Searls, and his sister Kathlene Sisson. Leslie was a retired mechanical superintendent at Union Boiler of 23 years. He was a member of Millwright Local 1755 and Masonic Lodge of Hurricane, WV, and a long time and proud member of the NRA. Leslie served in the Army National Guard for the United States during the Korean War. He is survived by his beloved wife of 55 years, Mitzi Ann Searls, his two children: daughter, Nancy Darlene and her husband Roger Wheeler of Hurricane, and son Gary Wayne and his wife Kristi of Hurricane; his brothers: Danny Searls, Randy Searls, and Robert Searls, and his sisters: Merdith Marker, Phyllis Canterbury, and Linda Adkins; his grandchildren: Lesley Ann and her husband Jeremy Hoops, Jessica, Tyler, Jake, and Marina; and his great-grandchildren: Brennan and Briella. He is also survived by many special nieces and nephews. Leslie was an avid huntsman and fisherman and loved sharing that hobby with his family and friends at his two farms. As an outdoorsman he truly enjoyed working on his farm, gardening, laboring with cows, bulls and bailing hay, brush hogging and much more. He was a man of no rest and wouldn’t have it any other way. His family will miss his blue eyes and warm smile, his tender heart, his endless wisdoms and encouragement, generosity and his sense of humor. Services will be held Wednesday, August 1, 2012, 11a.m. at Allen Funeral Home, 2837 Main St., Hurricane, with Rev. Charles Marker officiating. Burial will follow the service at Mt. Olive Cemetery, Hurricane, WV. There will be a gathering of family and friends from 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday July 31 at Allen Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers donations can be made in Leslie’s honor to the NRA. Please visit AllenFuneralHomeWV.com to share memories and condolences.