Honoring a forgotten hero in Biloxi

It's WLOX News Director Brad Kessie. We saw a wonderful display of patriotism today at the Biloxi National Cemetery. A crowd of more than 150 people attended a forgotten hero funeral service for David Berlew.

The Navy veteran died August 28th in Gulfport.  And with no family in town, there was a fear he'd be buried without anyone attending his funeral.  Watch WLOX News at 6:00 and see who showed up to salute the sailor.

I just got a phone call from Jeff O'Keefe.  He told me about Biloxi losing one of its icons. I guess you could call John Joachim, Senior the "father" of Biloxi. The 96-year-old Joachim and his late wife Rose raised 20 children on Biloxi's peninsula. Mr. Joachim was born here. He lived her.  And he ultimately died here. His obituary says children called Joachim the gadget man, because he mastered anything with a motor.

If you can believe it, Joachim had 58 grandchildren, 78 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.  Funeral services for John Joachim are this Saturday.  Rest in peace Mr. Joachim.

Last night you heard about Gulfport finding money to save fire station number four.  Tonight, we talk with city leaders about where they found the money. And we hear from neighbors who begged the city to make public safety a priority. That story is on WLOX News at 6:00.

Be sure you flip over to CBS and watch WLOX News at 6:30. That's the only place you'll hear about an encouraging sign on the Ocean Springs waterfront. There are signs of recovery on East Beach. Dormant properties are suddenly coming back to life. Why are new homes suddenly being built there? Doug Walker investigates.

I encourage you to check out WLOX News, WLOX.com and the WLOX Facebook wall 24 hours a day for the latest news and weather in South Mississippi.  Have a great night.