Charles B. Peatross

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Charles Brinkmann Peatross

Judge of the
Louisiana Court of Appeal for the Second Circuit (Shreveport)
In office
Succeeded by Frances Jones Pitman

Born May 27, 1940
Shreveport, Louisiana
Died January 28, 2015
Shreveport, Louisiana
Nationality American
Political party Democrat
Spouse(s) Betsy Chandler Peatross
Relations George W. Hardy, Jr. (uncle)

Sydney Kerley and Margaret Brinkmann Peatross

Children Christopher Sydney Peatross

Ashley Peatross Sanders
Allison Peatross Walsh

Residence Shreveport, Louisiana
Alma mater Clifton Ellis Byrd High School

Tulane University
Tulane University Law School

Occupation Attorney
Religion United Methodist

Charles Brinkmann Peatross (May 27, 1940 – January 28, 2015), was an attorney, politician, and judge in his native Shreveport, Louisiana.


Peatross was the older of two sons of Sydney Kerley Peatross (1913-2003) and the former Margaret Brinkmann (1916-1987), she being the only child of Francis Charles Brinkmann, Jr. (1890-1967), and the former Greenwood Hardy (1892-1986).[1] In 1958, Peatross graduated from Clifton Ellis Byrd High School in Shreveport. In 1963, he received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Tulane University in New Orleans. He was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. The next year, he obtained a Juris Doctorate from the Tulane Law School.[2]


From 1965 to 1966, he was a clerk for the Shreveport-based Louisiana Court of Appeal for the Second Circuit. Thereafter, he worked in the private practice law in Shreveport until 1996, when he was elected to the circuit court for which he had clerked as a young lawyer. He was reelected without opposition to the court in 2002 and retired in 2011; the courts covers twenty parishes across North Louisiana. He was a former president of the Second Circuit Judges Association and the Shreveport Bar Association and a former state chairman of the National Institute of Law Officers.[2]A Democrat, Peatross was succeeded on the court by a Republican, Frances Jones Pitman, a former state district court judge.[3]

Peatross was a former Shreveport city attorney. In 1978, he was elected to the first Shreveport City Council under the current mayor-council government, which replaced the former city commission. He served on the council along with former Mayor James C. Gardner during the administration of Mayor William T. "Bill" Hanna. Peatross was the city council chairman in 1982. He also practiced law in Colorado and was active in the bar associations of both states. He was affiliated with the Shreveport Chamber of Commerce, the YMCA, and the American Red Cross.[2]

Personal life

In 1962, Peatross married the former Betsy Chandler. The couple has 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. Peatross is survived by his brother, William Campbell Peatross (born 1943), and eleven grandchildren.[2]Judge Peatross's maternal uncle, George W. Hardy, Jr., was the mayor of Shreveport from 1932 to 1934 and like his nephew a circuit court judge, with service from 1943 until his death in 1967.[4]

Peatross died at the age of seventy-four. A memorial service was held on January 31, 2015, at the First United Methodist Church in downtown Shreveport, of which he was a member.[2]


  1. Greenwood Hardy Brinkmann. Retrieved on February 1, 2015.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Judge Charles B. Peatross. The Shreveport Times (January 30, 2015). Retrieved on February 2, 2015.
  3. Juvenile court judge enters 2nd Circuit race. KTBS-TV. Retrieved on January 17, 2021.
  4. Dr. G. M. G. Stafford. The Lyons Family. Retrieved on February 2, 2015.