Pineville, Louisiana

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Pineville is a small city in central Louisiana located on the eastern side of the Red River from the larger Alexandria. The population was 14,555 at the 2010 census, having grown by 5 percent over the 13,829 tabulation in 2000.[1]

Though Pineville is 65 percent white in population,[1] it has a long-term African-American mayor, Democrat Clarence Fields.

Pineville is the home of the Southern Baptist-affiliated Louisiana College (former presidents Hal M. Weathersby and Joe Aguillard and current president Rick Brewer), the Central Louisiana State Hospital for the mentally impaired, and the Alexandria Veterans Administration Medical Center.

Notable people

  • Billy Allgood, Louisiana College basketball and baseball coach
  • Hymie Bradford, area sports broadcaster
  • Joy Dara, originally from Nigeria, is the pastor of the 3,000 member Zion Hill Church in Pineville
  • Leo Deslatte, the only Republican to serve as Pineville mayor, 1998-1999
  • U. T. Downs, Pineville mayor and sheriff of Rapides Parish
  • Willie Kees, businessman and Pineville mayor from 1946 to 1952
  • Richard E. "Dick" Lee, attorney and judge
  • F. Jean Pharis, former Rapides Parish district attorney and Pineville city judge
  • Floyd Smith, mayor of Pineville from 1966 to 1970
  • John K. Snyder, mayor of Alexandria from 1973 to 1977 and 1982 to 1986, born in Pineville
  • Thomas James Spencer, long-term pastor of Kingsville Baptist Church just north of Pineville
  • H. L. Willis, building and grounds superintendent at Louisiana College and mayor of Pineville from 1952 to 1954


  1. 1.0 1.1 Census Quick Facts. Retrieved on September 22, 2012.