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Percy A. Simond, Jr. inducted into Hall of Honor in Lufkin

Percy Simond, Jr., 2010 Dunbar Hall of Honor Inductee Percy Simond, Jr., 2010 Dunbar Hall of Honor Inductee

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Former Lufkin City Commissioner Percy Simond, Jr., and former Angelina County Commissioner I.D. Henderson, Jr., are the 2010 inductees into the Dunbar Hall of Honor.  The announcements were made during a special ceremony of the annual commemorative Martin Luther King, Jr. march in Lufkin.

These excerpts were taken from Mr. Simond's introduction:

"Percy A. Simond, Jr. was born on February 22, 1918 to Percy Simond, Sr. and Amanda Thomas Simond.  He grew up in Lufkin, Texas and graduated from Dunbar High School in 1939.  He moved away to attend college Texas College in Tyler and to serve in the armed forces.  After his tour of duty with, Simond chose Los Angeles, California as his residence to pursue a career in the insurance industry.  He married Princess Simond, a retired Angelina County adult probation officer. 

In 1978, Percy and his wife returned to Lufkin to fulfill a life goal, as well as, a dream of total community involvement.  Since returning to Lufkin, Mr. Simond has become a devoted community volunteer and there are many individuals who have been touched by his generosity.  Although he is outspoken on issues that he believes in, he is considerate, thoughtful, sincere, committed, and never too busy to listen with an open-minded interest.

Mr. Simond is a man of vision.  He has a genuine concern for the Lufkin community with a clear vision of what a quality community should be like.  In the interest of the citizens of Lufkin, he utilizes his position in organizations to serve as an advocate for the underserved ranging from daycare, to public housing, to community pride.  His keen sense of justice enables him to make informed decisions.  He is a man of the highest ethical standards, principles and honesty; and that makes him a valued and caring community volunteer providing service in every sense of the word.

Leadership is one of Mr. Simond's strongest qualities.  Issues that he initiated while serving on the Lufkin City Commission include:

  • Repairing the railroad crossings at Abney and Laurel streets and at Shepherd and Cain streets,
  • Widening, paving, curbing and guttering for Chestnut street from Lufkin Avenue to Atkinson Drive and for Paul street from 4th street to Timberland Drive,
  • Building a new city hall,
  • Adopting of an ordinance for the removal of junk, including discarded furniture, appliances, and any other unattractive objects,
  • Installing brighter lights on Kurth Drive to provide safety for pedestrians,
  • Forming of a code enforcement department,
  • Extending North Avenue from Williams Street to Keltys street,
  • Continuing service at the downtown post office facility after the completion of the main post office on John Redditt Drive,
  • Securing increased salaries for city police officers and city manager,
  • Funding from Temple Foundation for clean-up campaign in North Lufkin which provided summer jobs for community youth,
  • Providing lighting on all streets and intersections in North Lufkin,
  • Paving, curbing, guttering Cain, Glenn, O'Quinn and Scarborough streets,
  • Updating water lines in North Lufkin,
  • Securing a grant for storm drains and piping along the Dunbar Addition of North Avenue,
  • Resurfacing of 8 streets in North Lufkin,
  • Extending North Avenue from Williams street to Keltys street,
  • Demolishing a vacant sub-standard housing in North Lufkin,
  • Providing additional parking at Jones Park,
  • Adopting a smoking ordinance for city hall,
  • Instituting a city screening committee for hiring of employees and
  • Extending the city's Christmas decorations to include Kurth Drive.

Mr. Simond is a member of Long Chapel CME Church where he served as chairman of the board of trustees and is presently a member of the Stewards Board.  He played an active role in the organization of the Cedar Grove Cemetery Perpetual Care Corporation, Inc. which is responsible for maintenance and care of the cemetery.

He followed his father's legacy and has a long history of active involvement and service with the Angelina Citizens Chamber of Commerce.  Mr. Simond is also active in the Deep East Texas Council of Governments, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Voters League, Elks, lifetime NAACP member.

He's received the KTRE Nine Who Make a Difference award, TLOD Humanitarian award, Citizens Chamber award.

Mr. Simond was instrumental in the development and management of Inez Tims Village Apartments, housing for the handicapped individuals."

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