Judge Charles B. Peatross
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Judge Charles B. Peatross

Judge Charles Brinkmann Peatross of Shreveport, Louisiana passed away on January 28, 2015. A memorial service celebrating his life was held at 11 AM on Saturday January 31, 2015 at First United Methodist Church with Dr. Pat Day officiating. A visitation was held from 5:00 to 7:00 pm on Friday January 30th at Osborn Funeral Home.

Charles was born on May 27th, 1940 in Shreveport, Louisiana and graduated from C.E. Byrd High School in 1958. He attended Tulane University and was a member of SAE fraternity. He received a B.B.A. degree in 1963 and a Juris Doctor degree from Tulane Law School in 1964. He married Betsy Chandler Peatross in 1962.

Affectionately known as "Brinky" to his grandchildren he enjoyed running and exercising at the downtown YMCA, vacationing with his family and friends, reading good books, and spending time with his dogs (too many to name). Charles loved a good joke and was at ease with an often self-deprecating sense of humor.

He clerked for the Second Circuit Court of Appeal from August of 1965 until August of 1966 and then went on to practice law at Wilkinson, Carmody and Peatross until 1970. He continued to practice law as the Senior Partner of the law firm of Peatross, Greer and Hayter and the successor firm Peatross, Greer and Frazier until 1996. Charles was elected as an appellate judge to the Second Circuit Court of Appeal in 1996 and then again, without opposition, in 2002.

He served as President of the Second Circuit Judges Association and President of the Shreveport Bar Association. He was admitted to practice in Louisiana and Colorado. He was Shreveport city attorney. He was elected as a member of the first Shreveport City Council under Shreveport's present form of city government and served as its chairman in 1982. He has served as the Louisiana State Chairman for the National Institute of Law Officers. He was a member and past president of the Shreveport Bar Association and also a member of the Colorado Bar Association. He served for 20 years as a member of the House of Delegates of the Louisiana Bar Association. He was selected by the Louisiana Supreme Court as a member of the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Committee. Charles served as officer or director of numerous civic organizations including Chairman of the Shreveport-Bossier YMCA, Director of the Northwest Louisiana Chapter of the American Red Cross and a Director of the Shreveport Chamber of Commerce.

He was predeceased in death by his parents, Sydney Kerley Peatross and Margaret Brinkmann Peatross and is survived by his wife, Betsy Chandler Peatross and three children; Christopher Sydney Peatross and his wife Beverly Jane, Ashley Peatross Sanders and her husband Troy, and Allison Peatross Walsh and her husband Patrick. He is also survived by his brother, William C. Peatross and 11 grandchildren: Mackenzie, Brooke, Peyton and Summer Sanders, Kayla King, Chandler, Audrey, Charlie and Swift Peatross, and Alissa and Adam Walsh.

Honorary Pallbearers were Leon Bain, Jim Campbell, Alvin Childs, Jeff Cole, John Frazier, Ed Greer, Charles Grubb, C.P. Herrington, Dr. Buddy Jones, Scott Lawrence, Dr. Clint McAlister, Peyton Moore, Larry Phillips, Gordon Rountree, Dr. Bill Sanders and John Scotto.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 1567, Shreveport, La. 71165, Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse of Northwest Louisiana, 2105 Fairfield, Shreveport, La. 71104, The Alzheimer's Association North Louisiana Chapter, 910 Pierremont Road, Shreveport, La. 71106 or other charity of the donor's choice. The family wishes to thank Lifepath Hospice, Cassandra Tipkins, Faye Tolliver, Lee Haley, Rachel Jackson and Stephanie Chapman for their assistance, love, and support with a special thanks to Judy Roberson and Susan Reeves for their tireless devotion and superhero rock star powers in dealing with Charles for 40 plus years…he loved y'all very much!






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Published in Shreveport Times from Jan. 30 to Feb. 1, 2015.
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24 entries
February 26, 2015
Love you
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Happy you have no more pain.
February 3, 2015
Dear Betsy,
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your children. I was so saddened to hear of Charles' death.
Sandy Long
Sandy Long
February 2, 2015
My condolences on your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with y'all. Take care and God Bless.
Kelly Deupree
February 1, 2015
I am so sorry for your loss. Mr. Peatross has always been such a warm, kind, loving man who found so much joy in his family. God Bless
Jan McAlister
February 1, 2015
He was the finest man that I've ever known and worked with. God bless him and his family.
January 31, 2015
I'll miss my fellow Judge, a fine man and a student of the law.
Peyton Cunningham Jr.(Ret.)
January 31, 2015
Judge Peatross will be missed. May everyone cherish the many memories and find solace at 1 Corinthians 15:22
Jackson Family
January 31, 2015
A kind gentleman, an exemplary lawyer, and an excellent judge--he will be missed.
Gordon Blackman, Jr.
January 31, 2015
Our prayers and thoughts are with your family.
Jimmy and Leslie Rosso
Jimmy Rosso
January 31, 2015
Just a super guy, always extremely thoughtful of everyone and never put himself first. I cherish the time I had visiting with Charles.
David Meadows
January 31, 2015
Jay Stone
January 30, 2015
One of the finest men I ever met. Sorry for you loss.
Marc Able
January 30, 2015
He was a warm, fine, kind man with a wonderful family and wife that took such good care of him. We will all miss him.
Farron Peatross
January 30, 2015
I am sorry for your loss.
Joe Zaffater
January 30, 2015
I love you dad!
A Peatross
January 30, 2015
My deepest sympathy to you and your family in the loss of Charles. Remembering our high School days when you and Charles were boyfriend and girlfriend. How time passes.The gates of Heaven have opened for Charles, who was so well loved and respected by many. All my love and prayers.
Mel Hollowell Barber
January 30, 2015
Dear Peatross Family,
We miss Judge Peatross so much. He was a good friend to all of us in the clerk's office. He always had a smile on his face, a funny story to tell and was willing to help with anything we needed. Your family will be in our prayers.
Clerk's Office Second Circuit Court of Appeal
January 30, 2015
Dear Betsy, please know how sorry I am to learn of Charles' passing. I remember him to be such a good man and fun to be around. My Dad knew Charles in Shreveport legal circles and he had such great respect for his work. I know it has been many years since we last saw each other, but I have such fond memories of being with you and your families. My condolences to you during this difficult time. With warm regards, --Guy Mayer
Guy Mayer
January 30, 2015
My thoughts and prayers are with the Peatross family. It was an honor to work with Judge Peatross at the 2nd Circuit. He always had a kind word and a smile on his face.
Teresa Smith
January 30, 2015
Betsy and Family-We are so sorry for your loss and know that Charles is in a better place but will be missed.

Buddy and Kitten Daily, Guntersville,AL
January 30, 2015
I send my condolences to the family of Betsy Peatross.
Charlotte Webb
January 30, 2015
Dear, Dear Betsy, Dan and I are in Destin and just heard about Charles...we want you to know that our thoughts and prayers are with all of you and I will see you when we get home! Love, Lola
January 30, 2015
Shreveport has lost one of it's finest leaders. Although I was not born and raised in Shreveport, Charles always made me feel "at home" when working on the many projects we shared. I have never met a more sincere, honest human being than Charles.
Tony Janca
January 29, 2015
The treasure of friends...the joy of knowing you and the incredible man you were. How fortunate Mickey and I are to call you and Betsy our friends. Our lives were enriched by knowing you.
Melinda Mangham
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