Burgess McCranie

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Burgess Edmond McCranie, Sr.

7th Mayor of Bossier City, Louisiana
In office
Preceded by Hoffman Lee Fuller
Succeeded by Jake W. Cameron

Born September 17, 1905
Plain Dealing
Bossier Parish
Died December 31, 1977 (aged 72)
Bossier City, Louisiana
Resting place Forest Park East Cemetery in Shreveport
Nationality American
Political party Democrat 
Spouse(s) Mary Page Harlow McCranie
Children Four deceased:

Burgess E. McCranie, Jr.
James Broussard McCranie
Sarah Page McCranie
Judith "Judy" McCranie
Two living daughters:
Tommie Sue McCranie Brooks
Peggy Mezzic McCranie

Residence Bossier City, Louisiana
Occupation Government official
Religion Southern Baptist

Burgess Edmond McCranie, Sr. (September 17, 1905 – December 31, 1977), was a government official who, among other positions, served from 1953 to 1957 as the seventh mayor of Bossier City, Louisiana, the ninth largest city in the state, as of the 2010 U.S. census. A Democrat as have been all but one of the mayors of Bossier City, McCranie was the first mayor under the city commission government, which was disbanded after twenty-four years, effective in 1977,[1] in favor of the mayor-council format.


McCranie was the fourth of five children born in Plain Dealing in northern Bossier Parish to Thomas Kenton McCranie (1847-1914) and the former Viola Varina Wise (1861-1927).[1] Prior to 1949, McCranie was the Bossier City marshal. That same year the police department was created, with headquarters first in the old city hall building downtown on Barksdale Boulevard. McCranie resigned as marshal to accept appointment as the first police chief. The department then had twelve officers but only one patrol car. He remained police chief until his election as mayor in the spring of 1953.[2][3]

Tenure as mayor

In 1956, Mayor McCranie was elected by his colleagues as vice-president of the Louisiana Municipal Association for the Louisiana's 4th congressional district.[4] In 1961, four years after his single term as mayor had ended, McCranie became the executive director of the Federal Housing Commission in Bossier Parish. He also served as a Bossier Parish deputy under Sheriff Willie Waggonner. He was elected to the Bossier Parish Police Jury, the parish governing body, akin to the county commission in most other states.[1]

Personal life

McCranie was a member of the First Baptist Church of Bossier, prior to the period of Fred Lowery's ministry there, the Masonic lodge, and the Shriners.[1] He and his wife, the former Mary Page Harlow (1915-1978), a native of Pine Bluff, Arkansas,[5] had two sons, Burgess E. McCranie, Jr. (born February 2, 1940), an lawyer in New Orleans who resides in Metairie in suburban Jefferson Parish, and James Broussard McCranie (1952-2018) and his widow, the former Della Marie McFatridge (born December 14, 1956), of Roxton in Lamar County in east Texas. James McCranie worked for twenty-five years for Home Depot.[6] The McCranies had four daughters. Sarah Page McCranie (1943-2007), a graduate of Bossier High School and Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, was at the time of her death the Americans for Disability administrator for the city of New Orleans.[7] Sarah was divorced from Richard Polton of Colorado SpringsColorado. Judith "Judy" McCranie (c. 1947-2000), was formerly known as Judy Hughes. The surviving daughters are Peggy Mezzic McCranie (born March 8, 1953) of Metairie and Tommie Sue Brooks (born May 27, 1941), wife of Gerald Brooks, of Bossier City.[7] She was formerly married to Thomas Walker of Bossier City.[8]

Burgess and Mary McCranie died eight months apart; they are interred at Forest Park East Cemetery in Shreveport.[1][5]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Burgess Edmond McCranie. The Shreveport Times (January 1, 1978). Retrieved on January 2, 2015.
  2. Shane McWilliams. Bossier City Police Department History. bossiercity.org. Retrieved on January 18, 2015.
  3. The Bossier City Police Department website has a picture of Mayor Burgess McCranie (c. 1950) with the twelve police officers then employed.
  4. LMA Reverses Stand on Voting Machines. Lake Charles American-Press (March 18, 1956). Retrieved on January 17, 2015.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Mary Page Harlow McCranie. findagrave.com. Retrieved on January 2, 2015.
  6. James McCranie obituary. The Shreveport Times (July 15, 2018). Retrieved on July 16, 2018.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Sarah Page McCranie's Obituary. The Shreveport Times (October 31, 2017). Retrieved on October 31, 2017.
  8. Bagby Genealogy. bagby.org. Retrieved on January 20, 2015.