Population: Estimated 1,000-1,300
About: Pittsview, AL, is an unincorporated community located in the southeastern part of the state near the Georgia border. Russell County is considered to be in the wiregrass region of Alabama. This region is known for its proximity to the gulf as well as the distinctive longleaf pine forest ecosystem. Pittsview sits just west of the historic Chattahoochee River. The Creek Indians originally occupied this area, but in 1813 the Creek War began and forced most of the native people off of their land. Most of the first European settlers in the area moved from the state of Georgia and the Carolinas. Like many other places in Alabama, Russell County and Pittsview’s economy was mainly agriculturally based, with cotton, corn, and cattle as the main crops in the area. During the early periods of Russell County, slaves were brought to the south and forced to labor on the plantations in the area. On April 16, 1865, The Battle of Girard, the last land battle of the Civil war, took place in Russell County. After the Civil war many African Americans stayed in the area and established themselves in Pittsview/Russell County. Today, Russell County is still home to a large and flourishing population of African Americans. In 2019 43.4% of the population in Russell County identified themselves as African American.
Fun Fact: Tommie Robinson the current Texas A&M Running Backs coach is from Russell County!
Community Website: Russell County Commission Website
Community Social Media: Russell County Commission Facebook
News and More
Honoring Veterans Day: Healthcare Challenges and Goals | November 10, 2023
Pittsview Welcomes ENI | August 16, 2023
“They like to be included:” Understanding Unincorporated Communities | November 17, 2022
Meet the Pittsview Community Liaison, Leroy Davis Jr., NCC (AW), USN
ENI is a community-focused, community-shaped initiative. Community Liaisons act as a resource to help communities shape ENI to fit their needs and wants. If you want to learn more or get involved with ENI, reach out to your Community Liaison.
Chief Petty Officer Leroy Davis Jr. was born in Seale, Alabama, and is a graduate of Mount Olive High School in Fort Mitchell, Alabama. He enlisted in the United States Navy in 1975. He started his naval career in Orlando, FL, and moved around the U.S. before he was deployed to the Gulf War. After completing his tour on board the USS Hawes, he attended the Armed Forces Police Academy at Lakeland Air Force Base, San Antonio, TX.
After school, he reported to Naval Air Station Keflavik, Iceland, as the Chief Master-at-Arms, Detention Facility Officer, Urinalysis Coordinator, and First Lieutenant. He then attended the Career Recruiting Force Academy at Naval Air Station, Pensacola, FL, and upon completion was assigned to Navy Recruiting District Montgomery, AL, and nine months later he assumed duty as the Zone Supervisor for Northwest Alabama.
After his 20 years of service to the U.S. Navy, Chief Davis continues to serve the State of Alabama. Among other things, he is a mentor coordinator at Russell County Veterans Treatment Court 21st Judicial Circuit, the First VP of Phenix City/Russell County NAACP Branch #5050, host of the TV show Veterans View, a council member and board of directors member for the Wiregrass RC&D, a member of the Russell County Economic Development Council, a Russell County Veteran’s Counsel Co- Founder, and a deacon at the Bethlehem Crossroads Baptist Church.
Chief Davis married the lovely Shirley D. Wyatt, and they have three beautiful children, nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild.