Retired Pineville City Court Judge Francis Jean Pharis, 94, died Thursday, February 8, 2018. He earned his B.A. degree from Louisiana College in 1946 and his JD from LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center in 1949. Prior to college he served in the United States Army during WWII. He served as Rapides Parish District Attorney, 1957-1968. He practiced law in Pineville from 1949-1957; in Alexandria from 1957-1985. He was elected Judge in Pineville City Court in 1979, was reelected in 1985 and served until his retirement from the bench in 1990, after which he resumed the full-time private practice of law.