Albert Edmond Simon was born April 20, 1927, in Achille, Okla., the only child of Amos and Linnie (Arkansas) Simon, and passed away June 2, 2014, at his home in Calera, Okla., at the age of 87 years, 1 month and 13 days.
After the death of his mother, he was raised by his aunt Emma and grew up with his cousins, Henry and Lula Mae Gibson. Albert was a full-blood Choctaw and fluent in the language. Albert enlisted in the Army and served in WWII. He was with the 8th Army Air Corp under General Doolittle in Okinawa in the South Pacific, then was honorably discharged. Albert was a farmer in his early years, then moved to California and worked as a laborer in various factories. His last job was a machinist in an aluminum factory and he retired while in California.
Albert was licensed and ordained, and served twice as pastor of First Indian Baptist Church in South Gate, Calif. In Oklahoma, he pastored New Jerusalem in Soper for 2 years then was called to pastor Durwood Baptist Church in Mansville for almost 18 years until his illness started affecting him. He also served 8 years as moderator for the Choctaw/Chickasaw Association. Albert served the Lord preaching, singing and playing the piano. He enjoyed reading and studying the Bible. He will be greatly missed.
Albert is survived by his wife, Loretta Simon; his eight children, Alvin Dale Simon, Marvin Simon, Michael Simon, Norma Cook, Gary Simon, Alberta Diangelo all of California, Melvis Wilson of Calera, Lena Tiger of Shawnee and mother of his children, Rosie Simon Jim. He has 11 grandchildren, 1 great grandchild and another great-grandchild on the way.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, June 6, 2014, at Brown's Funeral Service Chapel. Interment will follow in Rose Hill Cemetery with Curtis Ned, Albert Lewis, Quinton Scott, Bobby Coley, Gary Simon and Shane York serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Mond Davis, Don Joe, Marcus Wilmon, Bobby Thomas and Matthew Kemp. The family will receive friends at the funeral home 6-8 p.m. Thursday. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.brownsfuneralservice.com.
Arrangements are under the direction of Brown's Funeral Service, Durant.