Charles Burke Searby, 87, of Champaign, formerly of Mount Carmel, passed away at 4 a.m., Monday March 27, 2017, at Champaign.

Burke grew up in Mount Carmel. After moving to Browns, he attended Browns High School. He attended the University of Illinois for two years in the 1940s. He finished his Bachelors and teaching degree at Oakland City College in Indiana. He completed his graduate and post graduate work at Eastern Illinois University.

Burke's entire professional career was devoted to teaching. He taught in Bone Gap, Browns, where he also served as school principal, and more than 30 years at Wabash Valley College in Mount Carmel. He retired in 1994, and enjoyed quiet living there until moving to Champaign in 2016. He was of the Methodist faith.

He was born Dec. 25, 1929, in Evansville, Indiana, the son of Harry Edward and Clara Winifred (Deane) Searby.

He married Margaret Ann Lankford on April 2, 1949, at Urbana, and she survives.

He is survived by his wife of Champaign; two sons, Charles Deane Searby of Carrolton, Virginia, and William Otis Searby of Champaign; one sister, Mary Jo Randle of Visalia, California; six grandchildren; and seven great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Jane Ann (Searby) Barker; granddaughter, Stephanie Ann Barker; and three brothers, Ray Searby, Howard Searby and Lawrence Searby.

Memorial services will be at 10 a.m., Saturday, June 3, 2017, at the Trinity United Methodist Church in Mount Carmel, with Rev. Mark Searby and Rev. Terry Weavil officiating.

Burial will be at a later date in the Bone Gap Cemetery in Bone Gap, Illinois.

Friends may make memorials to the Trinity United Methodist Church and will be accepted at the funeral home or at the church.

Searby Funeral Home in Du Quoin is in charge of arrangements.

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