Paul Otto Simon

Paul Otto Simon

Birth
Pensacola, Escambia County, Florida, USA
Death 8 Feb 1971 (aged 63)
Booneville, Prentiss County, Mississippi, USA
Burial Pensacola, Escambia County, Florida, USA
Memorial ID 53497196 · View Source
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Gospel preacher listed in Preachers of Today, Vol. 1, 1952, 311. He was baptized by W. T. Tracy. He began preaching in Pensacola, FL in 1928. He was killed in an automobile accident near Bonneville, MS while on his way to speak at the Freed-Hardeman College Bible Lectureship. He was preaching for the East Gate church of Christ in Pensacola. He was former president of Mars Hill Bible School. He was educated at Freed-Hardeman and Abilene Christian colleges. He preached for the Henderson, TN church of Christ 1955-56.

Freed-Hardeman Alumnograms, 1955:
Paul Simon will begin work with the Henderson Church of Christ in March 1955. In regard to his work in Henderson Brother Simon says, "I anticipate a pleasant association with the people of Henderson, both the towns people and college personnel, and trust that with cooperation from all we shall be able to accomplish much good in His name." Paul Simon was born on April 7, 1907 in Pensacola, Florida. He was graduated from Freed·Hardeman College in 1929 and from Abilene Christian College in 1931. He married Anabel Stanfill in 1933 and they now have four children. Brother Simon has served the church at Tallahassee, Fla., from 1931·34; at Panama City, Florida, from 1935·39; at Pensacola, Florida, from 1939·44; at Chipley, Florida for five years. In 1949 he moved to Florence, Alabama, where he has preached for five and one-half years at the Mars Hill church. He has served as President of the Mars Hill Bible School in Florence for three years.

Paul Simon was born in Pensacola, FL on April 7, 1907. He was baptized into Christ by W. T. Tracy in 1919 and began preaching in 1929. He attended Freed-Hardeman College and Abilene Christian College. He preached for various congregations throughout northwest Florida, including churches in Pensacola, Panama City, Tallahassee, Chipley (three different tenures with this congregation) and Milton. For a number of years he served as president of Mars Hill Bible School in Florence, AL and was the full-time minister of the Mars Hill Church of Christ. For about two years in the mid-1950s he preached for the church in Henderson, TN. Brother Simon did a great deal of evangelistic work throughout the Florida panhandle, as well as in Arizona, Minnesota, and Maine, and was instrumental in establishing several congregations of Christ. In 1948 he conducted a tent meeting in the west end section of my boyhood home of DeFuniak Springs, FL. During this meeting my father obeyed the gospel and was baptized by brother Simon. The direction of my family’s life was greatly changed. In 1953, due to brother Simon’s influence, our family moved to Florence, AL so my sister, brother, and I could attend Mars Hill Bible School where brother Simon was then serving as president. Paul Simon was a good preacher, with a fantastic memory and a ready recall of scripture. More than once I heard him preach Christ’s Sermon on the Mount from memory! I still have in my possession a cherished signed New Testament that he gave me when I graduated from Mars Hill. Paul Simon was killed in a tragic automobile accident on an icy road near Booneville, MS on February 8, 1971 on his way to the Freed-Hardeman University Bible Lectureship in Henderson, TN. He was trying to get there in time to hear his son, John Paul, speak in a morning session. John Paul spoke, knowing already that his father had been killed in a car wreck, but he requested that President E. Claude Gardner withhold the announcement of his father’s death until after his speech. I remember the numbness I felt when I heard the announcement. Brother Simon is buried in Bayview Memorial Park in Pensacola, FL. – Hugh Fulford


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  • Created by: Tom Childers
  • Added: 10 Jun 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial 53497196
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Paul Otto Simon (7 Apr 1907–8 Feb 1971), Find a Grave Memorial no. 53497196, citing Bayview Memorial Park, Pensacola, Escambia County, Florida, USA ; Maintained by Tom Childers (contributor 46515204) .