Basham Simms, a Purcellville resident and brickmason, was born on January 5, 1924. A community leader, Mr. Simms was one of the first two African Americans to hold elected office in Loudoun County. Voted onto the Purcellville town council in 1967, he served for 27 years and was also Vice Mayor. The Basham Simms Wastewater Facility on 21st street in Purcellville is named for him. Mr. Simms died on March 31, 2006 at age 82 and is buried in the shared Mt. Olive Baptist/Grace Methodist Episcopal Church cemetery in Lincoln.