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Long-time city councilman, Percy Simond, passes at 97

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LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Long-time city councilman Percy A. Simond Jr. passed away at around 2:30 p.m. Wednesday.

The former city councilman had served in the office for 18 years. He was 97 years old. 

"When I first ran for city council, he was one of the first people I talked to for advice," said Robert Shankle, a Lufkin city councilman. "He had great wisdom and advice that I use to this day. Mr. Simond was a pillar in the community well respected for his knowledge."

He is believed to be the first black councilman of Lufkin. He also served as a city commissioner.

He was one of the 2010 inductees into the Dunbar Hall of Honor.
Funeral services for Simond have been set for Wednesday, April 15, 2015, at Long Chapel Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, 514 Lining St, Lufkin at noon.

After nearly 67 years of marriage, Princella Simond - everyone who knows her call her Princess Simond - is preparing for the next chapter of her life without her beloved husband Percy Jr.

"We enjoyed each others' company and we were barely ever apart," Princess said with a smile. 

The graduate of Pepperdine University met her prince while they were taking post-graduate business classes at a school in Los Angeles, California. Princess said she persuaded her husband, who graduated from Dunbar High in 1939, to move back to Lufkin. They arrived in 1979. The Army veteran-and Texas College graduate then set a goal in the 1980s and broke the color barrier on Lufkin's city commission. Simond served for 18 years.

 "He was fairly open," Mrs. Simond said about her husband's personality. "I think everyone knew kind of all about him. Because he didn't bite his tongue."

She said she believes that "get it done" personality is what drove him in his service to Lufkin.

"I think he wanted improvement.  And he was definitely for better pay for policemen and for more minorities being hired in the city, and he wanted more representation from the black community," Princess said.

“I was with him when he passed away," shared Gwendolyn Bennett-Jackson, who worked for and with Mr. Simond for 25 years at the Inez Tims Village apartments.

"She [Princess Simond] never left him alone," Jackson said about sitting beside Mr. Simond. "She asked me to sit with him so she could go to her doctor's appointment.  She loved him so much.  They were always together."

Jackson says the fruit of Simond's legacy continues well beyond his 18 years as a city commissioner.

"And I knew how he felt about her. And I was so glad that I was there. Someone she knew.  And someone, we both loved him," Jackson said.

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