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Dewey E. Burchett, Jr.

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

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Published in Shreveport Times from Nov. 22 to Nov. 23, 2009.
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November 16, 2019
Dearest Dewey,
Wow it has been 10 years since you left to a better world. You were so much to me. You were my soul mate, my lover, wonderful father to our sons, best grandfather to our precious Kate, my google, my source of laughter, my comforter, my encourager, my everything big and small.
I love you for all that you were and remain in my heart. I feel your presence in all that I do. I can hear you in the depths of my soul. I listen to your words as they echo through the years. I anticipate our reuniting in eagerness I yearn for your glorious voice. I remember you in love and thanksgiving.
Pat Burchett
December 15, 2009
My Dearest Dewey, I am wondering when the tears will stop. I am wondering when the hurt will cease. I am wondering when I will be whole again. I have traveled many thoughts, not all pleasing to those of stronger faith. All I know is that God has much work yet to do with me. I always knew you were the better person. I trust you are in good care and smiling that gorgeous smile of yours that always melted my heart. I love you and I miss you Pat you better be there when i come waiting for me
Pat Burchett
November 25, 2009
Message from Debra Murphy Crump ,
Mrs. Burchett- Although there's no way to remember me you were my librarian at Rusheon many many years ago and I am also a member of Benton United Methodist Church. I always remembered your positive attitude and great smile. Something you continue to bring with you to church on Sunday mornings. Please know that I am praying for you and your family. Your faith and devotion to your husband is an inspiration to me. As a single mom I hope to find that type of love that you and the Judge seemed to share...I remember during the campaign seeing you on the street corners of Texas Avenue and Benton Road holding up signs and waiving and smiling in support of your husband. I am in awe of that type of love. You bring me hope that it is still out there in this world of so much negativity right now. Please when you don't feel like honor of your wonderful husband whom you were blessed to share so much love and memories with in this life. Know that one day God will bring you two together again for eternity. Your work continues here on Earth so please..don't stop smiling. Revelation 14:13 In His Love- Debra Murphy Crump
Debra Crump
November 24, 2009
I am so sorry to hear of Dewey's passing. My heart aches for Pat, Dewey and Edward. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. Cindy and I pray for our precious Heavenly Father to comfort you and keep you through this difficult time. We have never forgotten what a rock of strength and comfort Dewey was when our dad died. God bless you all!
GiGi (Thomas) Sampson
November 23, 2009
I had the pleasure of working with Judge Burchett for over ten years. He will always be remembered for his fairness, firm belief in the law and his extreme kindness. His wonderful sense of humor and warm smile will be missed. His family are in my thoughts and prayers.
Barbara Winkler
November 23, 2009
To Mrs. Burchett, Dewey and Edward, our thoughts and prayers are with you. We will always remember Judge Burchett as a wonderful husband, father and elected servant to his community. God Bless!
Michael Hicks and Family
November 23, 2009
I was deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Mr. Dewey Burchett and my first thoughts were of his wife Pat, his son Dewey and my good friend Edward. I have been friends with Dewey's son Edward for over 30 years and as you can imagine I have spent many times at the Burchett’s eating, playing cards and watching football.

I remember Mr. Burchett as a smart, honest and a somewhat serious man who loved his family and his work. There was always this feeling I got from being around him that it was not easy to get through that first layer, a layer to me that was serious, determined and to the point. In fact, it was always kind of game I played to see if I could get him to laugh on the day that I would visit. It was never anything overt or obvious on my part but if the opportunity presented itself I would give it a try. Sometimes I was unsuccessful in my attempt(s) but other times I could get a chuckle out of him and I can honestly say that once relaxed, the "Big Chief" had one of the best laughs that I have ever heard and was a pleasure to be around.

Big Chief, I want to thank you for all of your hospitality, kind words and most of all, your great laugh.
Mark Kile
November 23, 2009
My heartfelt sympathies to each of you in your sadness. Dewey was a man admired by all who knew him. He was kind, thoughtful, and held to his values all of his life. No greater tribute can be given any man. May you find comfort in knowing many share your loss and pray for you.
Carole Ann Conerly
November 23, 2009
My heart goes out to you, Pat and your family. My love and knowledge of Dewey came from my dad, J. L. Thomas, Jr. Dewey always showed love and compassion for our family and I wish to extend the same to you during this time of grief. May GOD lift you from the despair and grief you are feeling and show you the light that will always shine for Dewey. God Bless, Cindy Thomas Jones
Cindy Thomas-Jones
November 23, 2009
I tried many cases in front of Judge Burchett. He always treated me, the litigants and witnesses with courtesy and respect. Even when he ruled unfavorably to me, I knew he was doing what he thought was right and fair.
In his last couple of years on the bench, he worked hard on the deveopment of the new courthouse and getting out the final kinks and listened to suggestions for improvments. I will remember him whenever I walk down the halls. He was a good man.
susan scott
November 23, 2009
I am saddened to hear about the death of such a fine man. He and his family have been a fine example of leadership, kindness, and integrity for many years. He will be missed very much.
Shirley C Seals and family
November 23, 2009
Mrs. Pat,
Please know that we will be praying for you and your family.
Love you,
David & Holly Swicegood, Benton, LA
November 22, 2009
How ironic but significant that on this day I would receive news of the death of a man who meant so much to me. On this same day forth-six years ago I was having lunch at the Biggs AFB Officers' Club in El Paso, Texas, sitting next to my friend Lt. Dewey Burchett, when the club manager wheeled a TV set into the dining room with the announcement that the President had been shot in Dallas. The following November would see us as apartment mates where I would meet the wife of my life; the November after that we would be in Florida together training air warriors bound for Viet Nam; the November after that my wife would be on the local high school faculty with, and eventually introduce Dewey to, the wife of his life.

In multitudes of ways, on many occasions, sharing numerous experiences Dewey influenced my life. Some of them were pivotal. I would not have met my Mary but for his agreement to move into the apartment complex where she lived. I would not have practiced my profession as a lawyer but for his encouragement for me to study and test for the entrance exam. I would not have had a career as an elected official but for his enthusiasm for politics.

I know there are a lot of people whose lives were somehow made better because they were privileged to relate to Dewey. I’m just one of them and I shall forever thank God for that gift. May he rest in peace, may those who loved him be comforted by their memories, and may his example be followed by many.

Hope to see you in the sky again, old friend . . . we can share God’s glory and majesty forever next time.
Tom Bridges
November 22, 2009
Pat , As I read your message to Dewey , it brought tears to my eyes . I wish I knew the kind of love you and Dewey shared . My love and prayers are with you , as they have always been ... God Bless and keep you , Dewey Jr. , Edward and Kate . All my love ... Vince
Vincent Avery
November 22, 2009
My heart is saddened by the loss of Dewey. I had the privledge of being his legal secretary for a while, and the honestness and kindness that he showed to all the people will forever remain in my mind. My thoughts and prayers are with the family in this time of sorrow and pain.
Dewey, I will miss you.
Marilyn May
November 22, 2009
It was an honor working for a man of such intergrity and honesty. I will miss him dearly. My prayers and thoughts are with all you during this time of bereavement.
Branda Johnson Montgomery
November 22, 2009
Sorry to hear about Mr. Burchett he was always such a nice man to me.
Johnnie Brunson
November 22, 2009
My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Mr. Dewey was an upstanding man who lived his life by example. Mr. Dewey will be missed greatly. I pray that God will give you some peace thru out all of this. Love you all!!!
Whitney Frye-Todd
November 22, 2009
My prayers are with you all during this difficult time. Mr. Dewey was an amazing man who stood up for what he believed was right and had a strong faith. He holds a special place in my heart. I pray that God will hold you up during this time and allow some peace. Love you all!!!!
Whitney Frye-Todd
November 22, 2009
My prayers are with you and your family in your time of need. You and Dewey have been such great friends to our family over the years, may God bless, Clayton Price, Houston, Texas
Clayton Price
November 22, 2009
We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts & prayers will be with you during this difficult time.
Bryan & Brooke Bolin Pierce
November 22, 2009
Pat, Edward & Dewey, our prayers are with you in your time of grief. Dewey Burchett was a decent, upright man and we will all miss him.
Jim Wells
November 22, 2009
I had the privilege as a young lawyer to try one of my first jury cases in front of Judge Burchett. I have tried many more since. I will always remember Judge Burchett as one of the best trial judges i have ever had the privilege of practicing in front of. He was the perfect mix of stern but personable, and absolutely fair. Practicing in front of him will always be a highlight of my career.
Chris Johnson
November 22, 2009
Dewey was my friend. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Daryl Gold
November 22, 2009
The Final Salute

“Brothers in Arms”, Military men and women down through the centuries, have traditionally exchanged “Hand Salutes” as a sign of recognition and as a way to render courtesy and respect one to another.

This “Hand Salute” is the last that we shall render to Dewey E. Burchett, Jr. our “Brother-in-Arms”. To his family it symbolizes the love and respect that we have for Dewey. And to Dewey it is rendered as a symbol of honor and gratitude to thank him for the devoted and selfless service he rendered to his country during the Vietnam War while serving in the U.S. Air Force. Dewey, we bid you a sad farewell. You will be dearly missed from among our ranks. Be at Ease. Rest in Peace.

On behalf of the 1,341 members of Lowe-McFarlane Post 14 of the American Legion, I extend our sympathies and our condolences to Dewey’s family and loved ones.

Dennis Engdahl, Commander, American Legion Post 14
5315 S. Lakeshore Drive, Shreveport, LA 71109
For the Commander, Carroll R. Michaud
November 22, 2009
I cry for you tonight my love, but as the shock of losing you subsides, I will always have the comfort of your love. I always knew you loved and respected me as I did you. I always knew you loved Dewey and Edward our wonderful, loyal, sons who knew their dad as the most ethical and honest a person could be. What a legacy to leave them my dearest. We all were so blessed to share so many times together. Now you can see Kate all the time, the granddaughter you adored. We will keep your memory and your love for her real as she grows into the beautiful young lady who you said would be President one day. Please send me vibes of some sort from time to time to let me know you are there, you are watching and guiding us. I will need that Dewey. You have been my world. I want you back.
Pat Burchett
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