Clarence McManus

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Clarence Elburn McManus

Judge of the Louisiana 24th Judicial District Court (Jefferson Parish)
Assumed office 

Judge of the Louisiana Court of Appeal for the Third Circuit
In office

Born June 3, 1934
New Orleans, Louisiana
Died September 22, 2016 (aged 82)
Metairie, Jefferson Parish
Resting place All Saints Mausoleum in New Orleans
Nationality American
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Barbara Isabella Edmundson McManus (married 1976-2016, his death)
Children Bryan Stephen McManus

Elizabeth Ann McManus Bailey

Occupation Lawyer
Religion Southern Baptist

Clarence Elburn McManus (June 3, 1934 – September 22, 2016) was a district and circuit judge in suburban New Orleans, Louisiana, who never faced an opponent in an election.

The son of Otis Clarence McManus (1914-1987) and the former Odell Hawsey (1915-2010), McManus graduated in 1950 from Warren Easton Senior High School in New Orleans, named for former state and parish education superintendent Warren Easton and since 2006 a charter school. He received a bachelor's degree in Business Administration in 1958 and his legal credentials in 1961 from Tulane University. He held the Division E judgeship in the state's 24th District from 1982 to 1999, based in Gretna, the Jefferson Parish seat of government. He was named Chief Judge of the 24th District in 1990. From 2000 until his retirement in 2012, he was the Division G judge on the Louisiana Circuit Court for the 3rd district, based in New Orleans. Rewarded for what his obituary calls "his steadfast and equitable judicial oversight," McManus, a Republican,[1] was never challenged in an election.[2] From 1970 to 1982, McManus maintained a private civil law practice and was an assistant district attorney for Jefferson Parish, in which capacity, he handled felony trials.[2]

In 1975, McManus was named to the committee celebrating the 150th anniversary of the founding of Jefferson Parish. In 1988, he was grand marshal of the St. Patrick's Day parade for Jefferson Parish. He was affiliated with the Delta Sigma Pi and Phi Delta Phi fraternities, the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks, the Jefferson Historical Society of Louisiana, and the American Bar Association.[2]

Judge McManus married the former Barbara Isabella Edmundson (born October 18, 1943);[3] there are two McManus children, Bryan Stephen McManus (born November 13, 1982) and Elizabeth Ann McManus Bailey, two grandsons, Hendrix Isaiah Bailey and Hollis Lachlan Bailey, and two half-siblings, Rebecca M. Andrews and Stephen James McManus.[2]

McManus also had an interest in music which developed from his childhood, which he spent between Meadville, Mississippi, and the Bayou St. John neighborhood of New Orleans. He played the steel guitar in a gospel and country music band with his father. He was active in the Metairie Baptist Church in Metairie in Jefferson Parish. Upon his death at the age of eighty-two, he was interred at All Saints Mausoleum in New Orleans.[2]


  1. Clarence McManus. Retrieved on February 27, 2018.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Clarence Elburn McManus. New Orleans Times-Picayune (September 25, 2016). Retrieved on September 18, 2017.
  3. Barbara E. McManus. Retrieved on September 18k 2017.