SHREVEPORT – The residents of Caddo Parish and family of Caddo District Attorney, Judge Charles Rex Scott, II have suffered a great loss. Charles was called home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, April 22, 2015. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Monday, April 27, 2015 in Broadmoor Baptist Church’s Worship Center North. The family will receive friends from 10:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., prior to the service. Officiating will be Dr. Chuck Pourciau, Dr. Tom Harrison, and Dr. Larry Williams. There will be a private burial.
Charles, “Scotty” was born on July 3, 1947 in Natchitoches, LA, the second child of Charles Mercer Scott and Marie Baucum Scott. He received his undergraduate education at Northwestern State University and his legal education at Louisiana State University Law School, earning his Juris Doctorate Degree. In 1971, Charles and his wife, Alexis Pharris, moved to Shreveport, LA. As a Christian, whose faith was the basis for all he did, he saw the ministry of public service as a privilege and he took great joy in serving the citizens of Caddo for 40 years as a prosecutor and judge. Because of his tireless work and unwavering commitment to public service, he will be inducted into the Louisiana Justice Hall of Fame in August of this year.
Charles began his work in the criminal justice system as an Assistant City Attorney for Shreveport before being elected Judge, Shreveport City Court on August 1, 1980. He was then a District Judge for 25 years, serving as Chief Judge, First Judicial District Court (Caddo Parish). He served as President of the Second Circuit Judges’ Association and as President of the Louisiana District Judges Association, where he served on the Executive Board until 2008. Since 2008, Charles has served as District Attorney, Caddo Parish, Louisiana (First Judicial District State of Louisiana). He is the immediate Past President of the Louisiana District Attorney’s Association and also Chairman of the North Louisiana Crime Lab, serving 29 parishes in North Louisiana and served as a member of the Drug and Violent Crime Policy Board. Charles was a strong advocate for the local Crime Lab, both on the state and national level. He served as Co-Chairman, Master Plan Committee C.M.I.S (Case Management Information System) and as a member, Louisiana Judicial Budgetary Control Board. He was the former Chairman, Committee To Evaluate Requests for New Judgeships, a committee of the Judicial Council. He served on the Governor’s Task Force on Violent Crime and Homicide and on the Committee to Study Proper Court Reporting in Louisiana. He served for years as an instructor in the L.S.U – Shreveport Paralegal Program. He is a past President of the Harry V. Booth-Judge Henry A. Politz Chapter of the American Inns of Court. He also served as a member of the Louisiana Judicial Council and as a member of the Governor’s Task Force on Child Support Enforcement.
Charles was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Charles Mercer Scott, Jr. He is survived by his family who he treasured; wife, Alexis, his son, Charles Rex Scott, III and wife, Meredith, and his daughter, Kelly Scott Padgett and husband, Robert; and seven grandsons, Jackson Ty Padgett, Oliver Reed Padgett, Joshua Rex Scott, Noah Allen Scott, Eli Mercer Scott, Jonathan Thomas Scott and Andrew James Scott. He is also survived by his sister, Martha Scott Trinko; nephews, Richard and Carl Trinko; brother-in-law Kermit Wilson Pharris and wife, Cheryl; niece, Lindsey Pharris; nephew, Paul Pharris and his wife, Lily.
Charles Rex Scott, II, will be remembered as many things; husband, father, grandfather, friend, judge, speaker, teacher, District Attorney- but in all of those roles he will be remembered most as a man who desired to serve others because of Christ’s sacrifice for him. He consistently put the needs of everyone else above himself and worked tirelessly to stand for those who needed his help. He is and will be dearly missed by all who knew him.
The family suggests memorial donations may be made to; Gideons International, P.O. Box 78204, Shreveport, LA 71137 or Crisis Pregnancy Center, 921 Shreveport-Barksdale Hwy. Shreveport, LA 71105.