James L. Searcy was born 5 June 1894 to James P. Searcey and Nancy A. Harrison. He was a farmer before his induction into military service on 7 July 1918 at Fort Thomas, Kentucky. He died 20 July 1918 at Camp Sheridan, Montgomery, Alabama.
After arriving Fort Sheridan, James was further assigned to Company K. Just a few days later, James starting having severe stomach pains and was admitted to the Base Hospital were he passed away on 20 July 1918. His cause of death was determined to be an Ulceration of the Small Intestine. James was 24 years old.
He is buried at Telford Cemetery, Washington County, Tennessee.