Retired 11th JDC Judge John S. Pickett, Jr., 93, died Wednesday, February 5, 2014. Following his service during World War II with the 8th U.S. Army Air Corp, 385th bomb group, 50th squadron where he was an Engineer and Top Turret Gunner on a B-17, flying 29 missions over Europe, Judge Pickett received his law degree in 1952 and began practicing law with his father at Pickett & Pickett law firm. He was a member of the Sabine Parish School Board from 1960-1968 and served in the Louisiana State Legislature as a State Representative from 1968-1972. From 1972-1990, Mr. Pickett served as District Judge for the 11th Judicial District where he followed his father, Judge John S. Pickett, Sr., as judge on the 11th JDC bench following his father’s retirement. He continued serving on that court until his own retirement in 1990, where he was followed by his daughter, Judge Elizabeth Pickett, who now serves on the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal. Following his retirement he returned to the practice of law in Many, La.