William S. Peck, Jr.

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William Smith Peck, Jr.

Louisiana State Representative
for Catahoula Parish
In office
Preceded by Grover C. Womack
Succeeded by David I. Patten

Born June 12, 1916
Sicily Island, Catahoula Parish
Louisiana, USA
Died February 24, 1987 (aged 70)
Resting place Ferry Place Plantation in Sicily Island
Political party Democrat
Spouse(s) (1) Lena Juanita Steele Peck (died)

(2) Barbara Elaine Jackson Peck (married 1984-1987, his death

Children Will S. Peck, IV

Betty Peck Shaffer
William, Sr., and Estelle Woodward Peck

Occupation Businessman
Religion United Methodist

William Smith Peck, Jr. (April 12, 1916 – February 24,1987), was a businessman from rural Sicily Island in Catahoula Parish in eastern Louisiana,[1] who served as a Democratic state representative from 1956 to 1964, during the administrations of Governors Ear lKemp Long and Jimmie Davis. His father, William S. Peck, Sr., held the same House seat from 1920 to 1928.[2]

Descended from a pioneer Catahoula Parish family, Peck was a brother-in-law of state Senator and state Representative J. C. "Sonny" Gilbert, also of Sicily Island. Gilbert's first wife was the former Barbara Jane Peck (1922–1985). William Peck's mother was the former Estelle Woodward (1893–1983). A brother, Henry C. Peck, Sr. (1919–2004), was a Sicily Island banker, contractor, cattleman, and farmer.[3]

Peck was married three times. His first wife, the former Lena Juanita Steele (1914–1982), was the mother of his two children, Betty Peck Shaffer (born 1944) and Will S. Peck, IV (1939–1989).[4] His third wife was Barbara Elaine Jackson Peck (1934-2015) of Sicily Island.[5] Peck was a member of the Sicily Island United Methodist Church. He died at the age of seventy and is entombed in a private cemetery at the historic Ferry Place Plantation in Sicily Island.


  1. William Smith Peck, Jr.. Findagrave.com. Retrieved on August 22, 2020.
  2. Membership of the Louisiana House of Representatives, 1812-2024. Louisiana House of Representatives. Retrieved on August 21, 2020.
  3. Obituary of Henry C. Peck, Sr.. The Natchez (Mississippi) Democrat. Retrieved on July 3, 2010; no longer accessible on-line.
  4. There is no record of a William S. Peck, III, but Peck, Jr.'s son, is listed as Will S. Peck, IV.
  5. Net Detective People Search