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 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.

Joy Dara, originally from Nigeria, is the pastor of the 3,000 member Zion Hill Church in Pineville. Thomas James Spencer was prior to is death in 2006 the long-term pastor of Kingsville Baptist Church just north of Pineville in Ball, Louisiana. Controversial lawyer and judge Richard E. "Dick" Lee of Pineville was found dead early in 2016 in his law office of an accidental gunshot wound.

Former Rapides Parish DA and Pineville City Judge F. Jean Pharis practiced law for sixty-nine years prior to his death in 2018. Former Rapides Parish Sheriff U. T. Downs also served as a mayor Pineville in the first half of the twentieth century. Hymie Bradford, a Central Louisiana area sports broadcaster, died at his Pineville home in 2017.


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