David Keith Berthelot of Central passed away at his home on January 2, 2022. He was a loving husband, father, brother and grandfather. David was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on November 21, 1952. He graduated from Broadmoor High School in 1970. After graduation he went to work for Cummins Sales & Service where he worked as a diesel mechanic for 13 years. In 1984 and for the next 35 years, he was self-employed as a Mac Tools Distributor, an automobile mechanic, and finally, as a diesel maintenance and repair mechanic under his company, Berthelot Enterprises. Finally, in 2019, he retired. David was a master mechanic and a jack-of-all-trades. He was a get-it-done type person with a very strong work ethic, and a handyman who could fix or build nearly anything. David never told anyone "no" and was genuinely happy to help family, friends and even strangers with anything that needed to be done. He had a true gift of being "Mr. Fix It." David loved spending time on his beautiful property in Centreville, Mississippi. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. His laugh, sense of humor, and the way he'd pick on those he loved will be greatly missed. He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph Elgene Berthelot and Beulah Mae Rousseau Berthelot, and brother-in-law Jeff Prestridge. He is survived by his devoted wife of almost 50 years, Barbara Prestridge Berthelot; daughter, Heather Berthelot Jenkins and son-in-law Edwin Robson Jenkins of Saint Francisville, and two beautiful granddaughters, Morgan Taylor Thomas and Lydia Claire Phenald; sister, Gail Bruce of Waxahachie, Texas and brother and sister-in-law, Kenneth and Lisa Berthelot of Gonzales; brothers-in-law Barry Prestridge, Harry Prestridge, and John Prestridge; sisters-in-law Jamie Sparks (Carl), Suzanne Bel (Jim), and Teresa Phillips (Alcee), along with other relatives. Relatives and friends of the family are invited to attend a celebration of David's life at Zoar Baptist Church in Central, conducted by Bro. Dennis McAnally on Friday, January 7, with visitation from 10 am - 11:30 am, and the service immediately following. We would like to sincerely thank all friends, family, and Zoar staff and members for helping us celebrate David's life. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked, in lieu of flowers, to consider donating to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
or Zoar Baptist Disaster Relief Fund.
Published by The Advocate from Jan. 6 to Jan. 7, 2022.