SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 19
(By Senators Walters, Carmichael, Cole, Fitzsimmons, McCabe, Palumbo, Snyder, Sypolt, Wells, Yost, Kessler (Mr. President), Unger and Stollings)
Requesting the Division of Highways to name bridge number 20-61-10.39, crossing Cabin Creek on United States Route 61, in Kanawha County, the “U. S. Army Sgt. Archie W. Searls Memorial Bridge”.
Whereas, Archie W. Searls was born July 2, 1920, and lived a full life until he passed away on January 6, 2013; and
Whereas, Archie W. Searls served his country in World War II, having served in the United States Army’s 3144th Signal Service Detachment; and
Whereas, Archie W. Searls worked for Appalachian Power Company for forty-one years, working eleven years at the company’s Cabin Creek facility and an additional thirty years at the company’s Kanawha River Plant facility in Glasgow; and
Whereas, Archie W. Searls served as a charter board member of the Chelyan Public Service District, now Kanawha Public Service District, and served multiple terms as president of the Public Service District, where he worked to provide the citizens of eastern Kanawha County with fresh potable water and sanitary sewer systems; and
Whereas, Archie W. Searls served as a board member of the Kanawha Valley Regional Transportation Authority for fifteen years, where he also served multiple terms as President of the Transportation Authority, working to improve public transportation for all citizens of Kanawha County; and
Whereas, Archie W. Searls was a lifelong member of the Chelyan United Methodist Church, where he served on the Administrative Council. He also gave freely of his time serving as the Chaplain for the East Bank High School football team for sixteen years, and continued to serve in this capacity for an additional fourteen years at Riverside High School; and
Whereas, Archie W. Searls regularly volunteered at Heartland Healthcare Center for more than thirty years, helping care for senior citizens less fortunate than himself even in his advanced age; and
Whereas, Archie W. Searls was a member of plethora fraternal organizations including Chelyan Masonic Lodge 158, where he served as a past master, Chelyan and Pratt Lions Clubs, Eastern Star, the Scottish Rite and Shrine of Charleston; and
Whereas, Archie W. Searls was a lifelong resident of the Greater Chelyan area near East Bank, West Virginia, and naming a bridge after Archie W. Searls near his home would be a small tribute to a man who was very well thought of and who always placed his fellow citizens’ well being before his own; therefore, be it
Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That the Legislature hereby requests the Division of Highways to name bridge number 20-61-10.39, crossing Cabin Creek on United States Route 61, in Kanawha County, the “U. S. Army Sgt. Archie W. Searls Memorial Bridge”; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Division of Highways is requested to have made and be placed signs identifying the bridge as the “U. S. Army Sgt. Archie W. Searls Memorial Bridge”; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Clerk of the Senate is hereby directed to forward a copy of this resolution to the Secretary of the Department of Transportation and to the family of Archie W. Searls.