BENTON, LA-A memorial service celebrating the life of Dewey Eldridge Burchett, Jr. will be noon Monday, November 23, 2009, at Benton United Methodist Church. Officiating will be Rev. Lynn Malone assisted by Rev. Cheryl Nelson. Visitation will be 2-4 p.m. Sunday, November 22, 2009, at Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Bossier City, LA.
Dewey E. Burchett Jr. passed away unexpectedly November 20, 2009, at Willis Knighton Hospital. He was born in Shreveport November 18, 1939, but lived in Benton, LA most of his life.
He graduated from Benton High School in 1957, Louisiana State University in 1961, served as Captain and Flight Instructor from 1962 to 1967 in the United States Air Force. He graduated from L.S.U. Law School in 1970.
He then practiced law until 1988 in Bossier City until being elected Bossier/Webster 26th Judicial District Judge in 1988 until 2008. He also served as the City Attorney for Bossier City; he was the attorney for the Bossier Parish Levee Board and helped to secure funding for numerous projects including the Red River Waterway lock and dams.
He was President of the Bossier City Jaycees, served as Moderator for the Louisiana Presbytery of the Pines, member of the Bossier City Lion's Club, member of the Civil Air Patrol and served as Squadron Commander, member and Sunday School teacher of the Benton United Methodist Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Dewey Eldridge Burchett, Sr. and Patti Ogilvie Burchett.
He is survived by his loving wife of 42 years, Patricia Bolender Burchett, his two sons, Dewey Eldridge Burchett, III, and Edward Bolender Burchett, one granddaughter, Katherine Elizabeth Burchett all of Benton, LA and relatives, Jack and Harriet Anderson of Dallas, TX.
Serving as honorary pallbearers will be Sen. Robert Adley, Tommy Ballew, Jimmy Bedingfield, Frank Blackburn, Doug Brown, Syd Burt, Mike Collier, Whit Graves, Judge Graydon Kitchens, John LaVern, Chuck Lee, Dr. Clint McAlister, Tommy McWilliams, Mark Montgomery, Chris Parker, Mickey Prestridge, Paul Quigley, Baron Shields and Mann Wallace.
The family suggests memorials may be made to the charity of the donor's choice.
Dewey's favorite book was To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Dewey exemplified the themes of honesty and integrity found in this book in every aspect of his life. Rose-Neath Funeral Home
Bossier Chapel 746-2543
Published in Shreveport Times from November 22 to November 23, 2009