CENTERBURG — Authorities have identified the elderly couple found dead in a Centerburg house fire on Sunday morning.

James V. Pickett, 80, and his wife, Joan V. Pickett, 78, were found inside their home at 3500 Long Road. They had been married nearly 60 years.

State Fire Marshal public information officer Andy Ellinger said Wednesday authorities believe the fire began in the living room. He said no foul play is suspected.

James Vance Pickett, 80, was born Oct. 12, 1942 in Swan Creek, Ohio, to the late Floyd I. “Joe” and Roma A. (Sibley) Pickett. He served as a member of the U.S. Navy in Vietnam. He was a member and former commander of VFW Post 8736 in Sunbury. He was also a member of the Worthington Masonic Lodge, according to the DeVore-Snyder Funeral Homes in Sunbury.

Joan Viola Pickett, 78, was born June 4, 1944 in Huntington, W.Va., to the late Richard W. And Caralena L. (Riley) Barrett. She was a member of and former president of the Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Post 8736. She was also a member of the Gallipolis Eastern Stars, according to the same funeral home.

James Pickett enjoyed fishing with his grandchildren and spending time with his dogs. Joan Pickett enjoyed collecting Dickens Village pieces, bird watching and spending time with the dogs.

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