Roy Lemmon, Sr.
Roy Lemmon Sr. was born in Rover, Tennessee, to Harry and Julia Lemmon, on May 6 (or 8), 1924. He was number nine of eleven children. He was known as a mischievous child. We will leave that alone; you will need to get that information from him. He quit school and left home around the age of 14 with a 6th grade education. He worked in a harness factory for a little while, then, at the pencil factory in Shelbyville, Tennessee.
In 1943, at the age of 18, he joined the Air Force. While he was stationed in Texas, he met and married Golda Irene Godwin (Jordan). She was working at a cafe in Pampa, Texas.
In 1945 Roy was stationed in Japan working in supplies and as a cook. He was honorably discharged from the military in 1946.
After returning from serving overseas, Roy, Golda, and her three-year-old son, Jim, moved to Detroit, Michigan. They lived there three years and during that time, Roy adopted Jim. Also, daughter Janis was born (1947).
While in Detroit, Roy worked for the Sun Oil Company. He also started working in the air conditioning business as an apprentice. This proved to be a career choice that he would utilize the rest of his life.
Roy left Detroit, Michigan, in 1949, and moved his wife and two children to New Mexico. There they opened a restaurant with Golda's sister, Juanita, and her husband. The young Lemmon family lived there for about a year before moving to Pampa, Texas.
In Pampa, Roy worked for a man named Bert Howell, furthering his education and experience in the heating and air conditioning industry. He also spent some time working in the oil fields of north Texas. While living in Pampa, daughter Gayle was born (1952).
In 1953, Roy and Golda moved to Memphis, Tennessee, with their three children. Memphis was closer to his childhood home in Bedford County, Tennessee. Upon his arrival in Memphis, his brother, Bob Lemmon, the pastor of Victory Baptist Church, introduced him to Walter Bell, co-owner of Bell & Hardin Heating and Air Conditioning Company. During the interview process, Mr. Bell told Roy that he was exactly what he had been looking for. Roy became the lead service technician at Bell & Hardin for the next eight years.
Around 1961, Roy left Bell & Hardin to work for Reality Investments. He was there a short while before starting C & L Heating and Air Conditioning Company with Bob Cochran. Roy said, "We started on a shoestring, and it was broken." However, C & L Heating and Air Conditioning Company thrived during the '60s and '70s, as many homeowners were first introduced to central air conditioning.
As the industry grew, so did Roy's family. Roy, Jr. was born in 1956, and Tina was born in 1960.
Roy's oldest son, Jim, started working in the heat and air conditioning industry in 1956, helping his dad. Jim continues in the industry even today. Roy, Jr. started working in the industry in 1970. Roy trained both of his sons to do the best work possible and to always keep their word.
In the early '70s, Roy and Bob Cochran sold C & L to Chickasaw Trane Air Conditioning Company. He worked them for around two years. In 1974, Roy leased a building on Vaughn Street and started Lee's Air Conditioning Company.
Roy wanted to downsize, so in 1980, he started Lemmon Heating and Air Conditioning Company, working out of his house. In 1984, Roy wanted to slow down a little more so he turned the day-to-day operation of the heat and air business over to his youngest son, Roy, Jr. In the years to follow, Roy split his time in the business between working with Roy, Jr. and Choate's Air Conditioning and Heating.
To this day, Roy is known by his customers and business associates alike as a knowledgeable and honest man. In 2007, Roy retired from the heating and air business.
Roy made some very important decisions in his life such as enlisting in the military, marriage, where to live, and what career to choose. But the most important was when he trusted Christ as his Personal Savior. Roy was born again on March 17, 1953, in Pampa, Texas. He would be the first to tell you that he is not perfect, just forgiven. Roy loves his Savior and is not ashamed to let everyone know. He has been a bus driver, a Sunday school teacher, a deacon, and a faithful witness for the Lord. He has passed out thousands of gospel tracts and posters. Until the time of his death, he continued to pass out posters of The Ten Commandments, the Pledge of Allegiance, the Church Covenant, just to mention a few. These posters are provided by Bible, Missionary and Literature Foundation of Shelbyville, Tennessee.
Roy went to his eternal home on Saturday, June 25, 2016. His legacy lives on through the countless lives that he touched, professionally, personally, and most importabntly, in service for Christ.
Roy Lemmon Jr., Owner
After taking over for his dad in 1985, Roy Jr. has seen the Lord bless the business more than anyone ever imagined. His goal is to maintain the same personal service his dad provided to our many customers.
Kendall Yarbro, Service Technician
Kendall was born in 1982 in Memphis, to Ron and Tina Yarbro, Roy Sr.'s son-in-law and daughter. Kendall started working with his uncle, Roy Jr., at the age of 12, just as a helper for the summer. He struggled with carrying some of the heavier equipment, but it was an experience. He attended Craigmont High School, where he focused on graphic-arts and website design. After graduating in 2000, Kendall attended Southwest Tennessee Community College, furthering his education for graphic design. It was during this time he realized that he'd be happier doing heating & air. He returned to helping his uncle as needed, while working at FedEx at night. It was during one of the mid-night shifts at FedEx when Kendall realized his need for salvation. He prayed that night and accepted Christ as his Savior.
In November of 2003, he went to work for Choate's A/C & Heating in Cordova part-time. The "part-time" employment quickly turned in to a full-time job, and was the lead service tech within 6 months. It was during this time he would marry his high school sweetheart, Sarah Burrow, who was working as a nurse at LeBonheur Children's Medical Center. Over the next few years, his knowledge of the industry grew, as did his family. Kendall's time at Choate's would see the births of his daughters Emma and Isabella. In March 2008, God led him to return to the family company. In 2009, He and Sarah have since welcomed a third daughter, Olivia, into the family. Amelia was born in 2015.
Kendall and his family attend East Side Baptist Church where he and Sarah teach the Sr. High Sunday School and work with the youth, and Kendall serves as a deacon. Sarah works as a nurse at Memphis Pediatric Heart in Memphis, and works part time in the PICU at Baptist Children's Hospital.