Longview council members want street renamed, but not all residents pleased
Longview, TX (Longview News-Journal) — Members of the Longview City Council are set to honor one of their own Thursday by renaming a South Longview street in memory of Sidney Bell Willis — although some residents of the street are not happy with the change.
Willis, who died July 15, served three terms representing District 3 and spent more than 40 years with Longview ISD.
The City Council will vote whether to change the name of Sapphire Street, which connects Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to Lilly Street, as Sidney Bell Willis Drive.
“Oh my gosh, all of the many great things she did for her district, and she was just a real asset to her district and all of the city of Longview for nine years,” said John Sims, District 1 councilman who served with Willis for four years and was one of two council representatives to propose the dedication.
“I really miss her.” Sims said. “I think she was good at being a councilwoman.”
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