Two East Texans inducted into the Dunbar Hall of Honor

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A ceremony was held after the annual Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. march in Lufkin to induct two new members into the Dunbar Hall of Honor.

Lela Maye Simmons was inducted into the prestigious hall after a lifetime of community service.

The Dunbar High School graduate worked at Woodland Heights and Stoneleigh Estates before starting her own daycare business in Lufkin.

She now serves on the Lufkin Parks and Recreation board, she's the president of the North Lufkin Neighborhood Association and she's also the sunday school superintendent at her church.

Simmons said she is thrilled to be inducted on a day commemorating such a historical figure.

"You never know who is looking at you and when they called me and told me, Marilyn called me and told me, I thought no," Simmons said. "She said oh yes, you're it and to know that they thought that much about me, the committee that meant that I must be doing something right."

Dr. Willie Williams was also inducted into the hall of honor.

He was a math teacher at Dunbar High School. Williams also wrote an annual that brought the white and black community together in Lufkin.

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