Austin, TX – Today the Republican Party of Texas extends our condolences to the family of former Llano County Republican Chairman Bill Simmons upon the news of his passing on Saturday November 24, 2012. Bill O. Simmons, 89, was survived by his wife Bernice of 69 years as well as his two sons Paul and Bill Jr. Simmons, a true American public servant, became an officer of the 9th Air Force during World War II before joining the reserves in 1946 and shortly after was recalled to serve as Provost Marshall at Perrin Air Force Base in Sherman, Texas. Following his time serving in the Air Force, Simmons moved to Midland to work in the oil industry and started a company called Simco Hydrocarbon Well Logging before moving to Llano County in 1990.

Simmons was elected Llano County Commissioner as well as being appointed to the Telecommunication Infrastructure Fund Board by Governor Rick Perry. In 1994, he became a strong force for the Republican Party when he became Chairman of the Llano County Republican Party. Until his chairmanship, Llano county was not the Republican stronghold it is today and he is responsible for all of the hard work that went into turning the county around by teaching everyone he talked to the conservative values of the Republican Party and by becoming a leader in Hispanic outreach throughout the county.

Bill Simmons will be greatly missed and our prayers go out to his family, friends, and loved ones as we mourn the loss of a great public servant. If you would like to pay your respects to Mr. Simmons and his family or place a donation please visit

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