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Oct 01

A Campti couple died in a mobile home fire on Tuesday evening according to Natchitoches Parish Sheriff Victor Jones Jr.

On Tuesday evening September 30th, at approximately 9:37pm, Campti Police Department, Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Deputies, Natchitoches Parish Fire Protection District # 9, Natchitoches Parish EMS, Natchitoches Parish Coroner’s Office and the Louisiana State Fire Marshal’s Office responded to a reported structure fire at 247 Pasture Road in Campti, Louisiana.

Natchitoches Parish Fire Protection District # 9 was dispatched to the scene. While units were responding to the scene, there were reports of two people possibly trapped in the mobile home structure.

Firefighters arrived within 8 minutes of the call and made entry into the structure finding two victims.

The victims were removed from the structure and checked by Natchitoches Parish EMS Paramedics and pronounced dead on the scene by the Natchitoches Parish Coroners Office.

The victims husband and wife have been identified as:

Florence Pickett Berguin , 68 and John Harrison Berguin, 68 of 247 Pasture Road in Campti, LA.

Firefighters report that they were smoke detectors inside the residence, but is unknown if they were working or not.

The investigation into this incident is being conducted by the Louisiana State Fire Marshal.

The victims were the mother and step-father of Campti Police Chief Greg Eldridge.

Sheriff Victor Jones Jr. extends his thoughts and prayers to the family of the victims.

Oct 01

Funeral services for Sherry Lynne Musselwhite will be held at 2:00 pm on Friday, October 3, 2014 at Blanchard - St. Denis Funeral Home in Natchitoches, LA with Rev. George Holland and Rev. Kenny Dyess officiating. Interment will follow at St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery in Trichel Community, LA. The family will receive friends from 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm on October 2, 2014 at Blanchard - St. Denis Funeral Home in Natchitoches, LA.

Sherry Musselwhite, 72 years of age, was born November 13, 1941 and passed away September 30, 2014. She was a loving and devoted wife and will be dearly missed by all who knew her.

She is survived by her husband, Joseph Musselwhite of Trichel Community, LA; one sister, Carol Ann Edlen Shoup of Shreveport, LA; one brother, Rickey Edlen of Shreveport, LA; one brother-in-law, William D. Musselwhite and wife Donna of Trichel Community, LA; two sister-in-laws, Jean Davis and husband Jimmy of Carthage, TX and Liz Quinten and husband Bobby of McKinney, TX; and a host of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Richard Edlen and Ella Florence Rodgers Edlen.

Oct 01

Funeral services for James Marvin Overton, 83, of Leesville, Louisiana will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, October 3, 2014, at Saint Michael The Archangel Catholic Church in Leesville with Father Anthony officiating. Burial will follow in the Pine Island Cemetery, in Pickering, LA under the direction of Labby Memorial Funeral Home of Leesville.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, October 2nd, at 4:00 PM until 9:00 PM with a Rosary being recited at 6:00 P.M.

James, the son of Cooper and Hallie Overton, was born September 30, 1930. He passed away on Saturday, September 27, 2014.

James Marvin Overton was born and raised in the Seaboard, NC area. He was the oldest of four siblings. He served proudly in the United States Army during the 1950s & 60s, and was a combat veteran of the Korean War. His experience as a mess-hall Sargent served his family well, especially during the holidays, as he certainly knew his way around a kitchen. As a longtime member of St. Michael The Archangel Catholic Church, he previously served on the Knights of Columbus Council 4156. He is a testament of someone coming to know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior later in life, modeling the truth that it is never too late to have a relationship with God. He had a passion for the outdoors, and especially enjoyed fishing and raising animals. Other interests include his love for reading, and it didn’t get any better than a good old western novel by Louis L ’Amour. Many feel this may have contributed to his spry and sharp wit he maintained well into his golden years. A man of many talents, especially with his hands, James literally enjoyed working during his lifetime, and continued to work while in his ‘retirement’ until as recent as May of 2014. James’ legacy may be considered that of a ‘giver’.

While a man of modest means and possessions, he lived a rich life and generously gave to family and friends whatever he had to offer. We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord. (2 Cor. 5:8)

James is preceded in death by his parents Cooper and Hallie Overton, sisters – Betty Davis and Shelby Jean Johnson (both of Seaboard, N.C.); his loving wife - Beatrice Brinkley Overton, Daughter, Debra Brinkley, Daughter in law, Naomi Brinkley; and two Grandchildren, Justin and Racheal Brinkley – all of Pickering, LA.

He is survived by William and Bonnie Overton of Seaboard, N.C.; Son, Billy Brinkley of Leesville, Sons and Daughter in law, Roger and Linda Brinkley of Pickering, and Rick and Jamie Brinkley of Dallas, TX. His is also survived by 10 Grandchildren, 12 Great Grandchildren, and 4 Great, Great Grandchildren.


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