Beloved Historian Harry Methvin Killed in Car Crash


There’s a special place in society for those who make it their life’s mission to ensure that an accurate record of events is maintained, and that present members of society understand the past. Harry Methvin was one of those individuals who invested much of his life toward this endeavor. Methvin was a fixture in the neighborhood, and his life was tragically cut short on October 6 after a head-on car crash.

The 76-year-old was driving his 2014 Jeep Compass heading north on Louisiana 27 when his vehicle was struck by a 2000 Toyota Tundra that lost control and swerved across the centerline, ultimately smashing into the Jeep. Methvin was airlifted to a Lake Charles hospital for medical attention, but was unable to recover from his injuries.

Methvin lived a well-rounded life as he served in the DeQuincy Railroad Museum as a horticulturist and had an extended career in the classroom teaching English for over 25 years. Methvin was described as someone who gave everything he had to topics and people he cared about. He will be deeply missed by those who knew him.

“Harry was a highly educated person…he was a handy man, he could build furniture, he could do just about anything, Harry could. He taught shop, which means woodwork,” said longtime friend Major Jerry Bell. Via

In addition to being admired for his intellect and sharp wit, Methvin was treasured as a friend and mentor who took a legitimate interest in the well-being of others.

“He was like a father figure to me,” said Vance Perkins, Methvin’s nephew. “Growing up I saw him just about every day. He was just a calming influence, he was my Sunday school teacher, my uncle, my mentor, he was just a very special guy to me.” Via

The loss will be felt in the community for a long time, and the Johnson Law Firm pays our respects to Methvin for his service and exemplary standard. We can be reached at (337) 433-1414 if you or someone you know has been the victim of a motor vehicle accident.

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